Our Sunday morning service began with a familiar old hymn, ‘He Set Me Free’. Hearing the congregation jointly proclaiming their freedom in Christ was such a comfort to my heart. I had just begun to swallow that truth into my soul when the music gentle flowed into ‘Break Every Chain’. Words sung to glorify God’s power to break every chain.
I have always found myself able to deeply worship to the knowledge that Christ’s death and resurrection had broken all the chains I had wrapped myself in over the years. Just to know that I was no longer bound by the chains of my past.
In the midst of my worship the 3rd song, a very familiar one, caught me off guard. ‘Amazing Grace (My Chains are Gone)’ is a beautiful song that I have loved since the first time I heard it. On this day the chorus hit me hard, “My chains are gone”. Not just broken but gone.
Those songs stayed in my minds all day. Yes Jesus had set me free. Yet have I walked in that freedom? Jesus and broken every EVERY chain on the cross over 2000 years ago but have I allowed Him to unwrap them from binding me up? Have I continued to let the weight of them hold me down? To keep me from running after Him?
(1) First, stay on your toes !! In other words do not be complacent in you walk. Take time each day to spend time with God. Read His word and be still in order to hear from him.
(2) Know that Satan will fight to place the chains back around as soon as you throw them off. He will remind you of all the times you have failed. So keep verses close to you that remind you of His promises to you. Memorize them.
(3) Remember that Jesus didn’t just remove the penalty of sin on the cross; He also removed the power that sin had over us. The Cross not only gives us forgiveness from sin but it gives us freedom. We have the power to break the chains through the work of Jesus on the cross. We also have the ability to toss them aside.
Do we believe this verse? I mean really believe it deep down in our soul? If we do really believe this truth then we can and will break free from the chains of sin that so easily entangle us.