The Yeahbut Disease

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My fingers turn the pages of my well worn Bible until I find the verse I had been thinking about the last couple of days. I read it aloud to myself:  “(…) casting down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Don’t I do that  already?

I close my eyes and open my heart.

And He reveals to me where I shy away from conversations with people for fear of confrontations, where I count calories excessively to try to protect myself from unwanted weight gain. He gently points to when I refuse to open my heart even though He requires it. He reminds me of how at times I let fear crawl inside of my belly until it makes its home right there.

“Will you trust Me?”

“Yes, Lord.”

“Then let it go.”

“Yeah, but…”

Yeah, but I really don’t have much left that I can call my own.  I gave Him my life, my heart, my time, my affections, my money, my energy, my future and my past.  Can’t I keep my yeahbuts?  That way I can still complain.  I can still think “I told you so.”  I can still maintain an illusion of control.

I think I like my yeahbuts.

I run my finger over the underlined passage once more.  I look down and read it again: “(…) casting down imaginations and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”

And the life contained in these words jumps up at me.

There will be no captivity to the obedience of Christ as long as I hold on to my yeahbuts.  There is no true lordship of God if my heart and mind live in the land of yeahbuts.

The yeahbuts are a sign of half-allegiance. As long as I hold on to them, I hold on to me.  And He doesn’t have all of me.

Another layer of self must die.

The conclusion hurts, like a slap in the face.  But the pain that I feel is probably just pride being confronted. And I marvel  for the thousandth time at the power of God’s Word.

There is really only one thing to do.  I bow the knee of my heart.  I let it go.  He will catch me.

No yeahbuts about it.

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  1. boy-oh-boy did you pick the right time on the right day to share this !!
    I needed to read this- and it has been a timely reminder indeed.
    I need to stop my yeah-buts too- and align my mind with the mind of Christ.
    Hard when an issue has just been a problem for the millionth time – always from mother !!!!
    My God is greater, my God is stronger, my God is higher than any other- now you’ve got me singing praises- you miracle worker, you !


  2. Barbara – what a neat insight! I needed to hear this today – and every day!! Thanks so much for sharing & showing just how subtle the ME can be. God Bless you today for the blessing you’ve been to me! Hugs,


  3. Hey pot! There you go again, telling me just what I need to hear. I’m getting better at releasing my resistance and just choosing to submit. I’ll get there, and my pots will be praying me through.
    Peace and good, dear one.


  4. What a great message in here. I recognize that God is the one in total control but, for whatever reason, I have to throw in the “yeabuts” as if I have to try to hang on to one last shred of control over whatever the situation is. The problem in that is that if I’m not fully relinquishing that control, then I’m not fully trusting Him. Thanks so much for linking up on my blog today!


  5. The title of your post certainly caught my eye! How many times have I said, “yeahbut”! My yeahbuts are usually based on doubt! Thanks for showing us this verse in a new way!


  6. Your “He will catch me” sentence is what jumped out at me. That’s why I hold onto my “yeahbuts”…because I still think I have to save myself, in some way, at some level. Psalm 37:24…”When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand.” NASB In 2012 language, He’s got my back. Thanks, Barbara!


  7. Love this ….I think of Joyce Meyers in The Battlefield of the mind. The lies we believe about ourselves will always keep us from God’s best. Bless you!


  8. Thank you for the challenge Barbara…it came at the right time. There is one big thing I want to fully trust Him but it’s so big and seem totally impossible that I find my self at times just giving up on it. Yet He has done some mightly big things for this child of God, far above what I was trusting Him. So before I started to comment I once again surrender my one big thing I am trusting Him for. Blessings


  9. Well, well, well. I have been slowly recovering from my own bout of “yeahbut” disease. It infected my whole family with bitterness for a time when I stubbornly held on to what I wanted to mark out as MY territory….and I’m learning…slowly but surely how to release my hold on those things. And finally, I am finding some relief. Thanks for sharing this. I’m glad I wandered by!


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