The Chain Breaker

Chains are an obvious symbol of bondage.

In physical terms they restrict us, hold us down and signify our captive state.

In spiritual terms they do more or less the same.

Well many of us won’t experience physical chains, By no means immune to the impact of spiritual chains with harm our spiritual growth.

What are a few of the chains that keep us in bondage?

  • Fear
  • Anger
  • Pride
  • Bitterness
  • Unforgiveness
  • Hardness of heart
  • Legalism
  • Unbelief

Jesus proclaimed from Isaiah 61:1-2 and John 8:31-36, That He set us free from the chains of bondage and sin,

When Jesus rose from the dead, He broke the chain of sin, death, and the power of the devil.

The resurrection of Jesus means we can be unchanged from the bondage of sin and delivered from its power and walk in newness of life.

But why every time we try to rise above our situation, some unknown resistance renders us unproductive or devalued? We smile, but our actions and reactions all stem from a source seemingly out of our control. Everyone desires change, but default to the same ways. Maybe some deep in better issue surfaces and causes us to have mood swings or even become enraged.

If you’ve experienced this in anyway, maybe you feel like you’re in prison. You’ve accepted this as a normal life cycle. It is called bondage and it can affect everything in your life.

When we think of bondage we see pictures of battling addiction such as drugs or alcohol. Those chains are very apparent. But what about someone who lives every day fighting or failures of their past? What about someone who can’t rise above from the loss of a loved one or a past abusive situation? These issues are not always evident and are often overlooked, especially when they can be easily camouflaged.

1 Corinthians 6:12, states, “Everything is permitted for me, but not everything is helpful. Everything is permitted for me, but I will not be controlled by anything.

This verse gives us a great biblical explanation of bondage. This scripture tells us that we certainly have a free will to do whatever we desire. However, some things may not be in our best interest. It is important that even though all things are lawful for us, we are not to be controlled by anything. Sometimes that has been unsuccessful in breaking our chains. We always have the urge for one last time “then I’ll stop.” every temptation seems helpless and controlled by the power of the situation, or product. No matter how admirable and strong we tell ourselves we are there’s always a result of relinquishing right back into our old ways,

I want to have a friend who was delivered for mini years of abuse in mind control, she went through counseling, went to church, and tried to change your life after the divorce. But if you still lived with fear and insecurity. It is not just about removing someone from a physical presence but starting the process of inner healing and affirming our worth. Today he continues to live in that bondage of fear and depression. Her life is still under control of that abuser without the actual abuse. This is bondage.

Sometimes we find ourselves withdrawing from the world around us. Our thoughts of our past hurts, fears or tragedies always rise to the surface and cause unwanted actions or reactions. When we hold onto guilt and shame for something we have done or we made a promise to someone that you are unable to keep, we tend to become withdrawn. Don’t accept the thoughts and feelings that you were destined to be this way. When you think that this is your new normal, living in misery and sadness, hiding your true feelings and feeling like there is no way out.

John 8:36 Tells us that Jesus sets us free. This is not a cliché. This scripture gives us the truth about His provision in freedom.

Things that keep someone in bondage have become so intertwined with their daily lives that they are almost unrecognizable as a problem. It becomes hard to see the imminent danger these vices possess. Many people deny that they even have a problem, because this has just been their normal way of life. I lived this way for 40 years, thinking “this is just the way it is, I don’t have a problem.” I proceeded with my my every day routine and the things that chained me. I battled the same misery and then happiness as I did as a child. Shaking it off to find ways to cope with difficult. My failure to live a surrendered life to Christ kept me from the freedom provided by Christ Himself.

A Surrendered Life

The depression, fears and emotional traumas of our past are the chains that must be broken in order for us to pick up the pieces in thrive. Jesus truly offers the peace, comfort, love and stability we need to walk and true victory. The question is:

Are you willing to take the diligent steps toward Christ and relinquish control totally and completely to Him?

He knows how to break and want to change and takes pleasure in your healing and complete freedom.

I know this is hard to believe, I didn’t believe it at first either. But these chains nearly took my life. I think God that someone like me, took the time to help me break the chains of bondage in my life.

When I chose not to hold onto it any longer, not to live way down by the heavy chain. I started healing, well it wasn’t until I had built up the strength to say “Here Jesus. I’m done. I can’t do this anymore.” I believe everyone can find comfort in the freedom and comfort of giving our burdens away to Jesus. It’s a brand new way of living for those who completely let go and give it to God.

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