16 May “Breaking Those Chains” by Johnathan Moore
How many times in your life have you just felt chained down by past or current experiences? Toxic relationships? Bad friendships? Addictions? Sexual desires? Drugs? Anger? Whether you’re a Christian or not, we all tend to carry baggage with us. This baggage then begins to act as shackles, holding us captive, making us think there’s no way to break free from them. Well I have good news for you, there is a key that came over 2,000 years ago that unlocks us from those chains, and that keys name is Jesus!
God sent the personified version of himself, Jesus, down to Earth to set us free from the chains of the Devil by dying on the cross for us. In Romans 6:6-7, it says “We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin”. It is clearly stated here that because of Jesus, we no longer need to be tied down by those sinful chains.
For many of us who have lived in the dark for quite sometime, this idea of letting God break those chains can be more challenging than it seems. The Devil loves to try and use these chains against us and whisper in our ears that our sinful desires are far better than living free in Christ. In Romans 7:22-, Paul says “I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord!” Paul is even warning us here that the power of sin is still going to try and hold us captive even if we love God’s word, but through Jesus, we can break free.
Although the Devil can be very persuading, one thing I can promise you- and more importantly, the Bible can promise, is that sin will never return the favor that it seems to promise. While it may seem pleasurable at the time, it ends up leaving us empty inside. Instead of trying to defend our sins, let the power of the Holy Spirit work inside of you. Although it may seem impossible to let go of certain desires, as you become more in tune with the Holy Spirit, your desires will take a shift. Don’t get me wrong; the process of breaking these chains away and making ourself more like Christ is not always a simple and easy process. I myself am still in the process of breaking some of those chains of my past away and sometimes it seems painful at the time. However, as chain by chain is unshackled, the freedom and peace you find in Christ is beyond belief.