Chained

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Psalm 107: 10-14 Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains,11 because they rebelled against God’s commands and despised the plans of the Most High. 12 So he subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help. 13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. 14 He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.

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I have been a prisoner.  I was cuffed, chained, and attached to a large sphere which kept me from escaping.  

Shackled in fear.

Shackled in doubt.

Shackled in jealousy and envy.

Shackled in hate and hurt.

This enormous weight too heavy to move, holds all of us who are imprisoned.  It whispers our name and laughs.  It taunts us and let’s us know that it is in control.  It originated through a situation, a person, or strong feeling. We can blame this crippling state on its very existence.

Focused.  Desperate.

If only, this weight was lifted.  We would be free when it’s released.  

We pray.

“Lord release me”.

Psalm 25:15 My eyes are ever on the Lordfor only he will release my feet from the snare.

“Oh, Lord you can move mountains.”

Matthew 17:20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

“I know that anything I need, you will provide Lord.”

John 16:23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.

God hears and we are freed from this burden.  Our ability to move is now restored.  Yet, our freedom is a mirage.

We look at our arms, and the chains and shackles remain.  Our hands are incapable of full use and lifting them up to the sky is restricted.  We are now weary and confused.  Our ability to worship and praise our great Lord diminished.  

Why me Lord?  Why didn’t you fully free me?

Collossians 4: 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.

2 Corinthians 3: 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

The scars of our slavery still cut into our wrists, reminding us of what we define ourselves; Broken.

Only Jesus can take the pain and shame giving blessings in return.  Only He can heal the broken.

The way to true freedom lies in becoming a slave.  A slave to His ways.  A slave that gives his or her life to the guidance of our great master.  A master who wants nothing more than to love us unconditionally.  

First, we must submit, repent our old thoughts and feelings, and then release them to be healed by our father.  

Romans 6: 16 Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness?

1 Corinthians 7: 22 For the one who was a slave when called to faith in the Lord is the Lord’s freed person; similarly, the one who was free when called is Christ’s slave.

True liberation is true joy.  A joy that defies human understanding.  When we welcome Jesus as our Lord and savior, our oppression is lifted, and only God’s comfort can fill us through the spirit.  Through trials, hardships, and tribulations we are not trapped in our old chains.  No, we are assuredly free.
Galatians 5: 1 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

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