Have you ever felt bound by something in your life? No matter how hard you have tried, you can’t seem to break free? I want to share something with you that will help you overcome the obstacles in your life.
According to the Webster’s Dictionary, bondage is the condition of a slave: servitude. The condition of being involuntarily subject to a power, force, or influence.
After reading this defintion, my eyes became opened to what I was allowing the enemy to do with my life. When you are bound by something, you are held captive by it. It has taken over your thoughts and your life. I realized that I was allowing fear and worry to control my life. Every decision I made was made in fear. I worried about everything. I did not have any peace because my mind felt like it didn’t even belong to me. Fearful thoughts overtook every area of my life.
Have you ever felt this way? You may not be bound to fear and worry but you may be bound to alcohol or drugs, bitterness, jealousy, pornography, or hatred. You have tried to overcome the bondage on your own, but as soon as you feel like progress is being made, you find yourself pushed down again with no hope of ever overcoming. You are being held captive by your own thoughts. Acts 61:1 says:
“He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.”
One day, as I was meditating on this verse, I started imagining a scene that really helped me to understand this verse. I pictured an old, smelly dungeon. I saw a person chained by their hands and feet to a dripping, wet, brick wall. Every time the person moved to gain freedom, they are pulled back again to the brick wall. Thier wrists and ankles are red and swollen with sores from pulling the chains and trying to break free. They begin to think, “If only I can have freedom again. If only things can change for me.” A victom mentality begins to set in and they don’t think they will ever have freedom. But then something brings to their remembrance the story of Paul and Silas in Acts 16:25:
“But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was a great earthquake so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s chains were loosed.”
The person in our story wonders what would happen if they would begin to praise God instead of feeling sorry for themselves. So as hard as it was, our prisoner began to sing. As praises were being raised and Amazing Grace being sung, the chains that bound our prisoner began to break and fall to the ground as they walked away giving glory to God.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again; we do not realize the power we have in our praise. Battles are won on our knees. Miracles occur during praise. Bondages are broken when we look to God and begin to praise Him.
You may be thinking; “it’s too hard to praise God. I don’t feel worthy enough. He’s not going to listen to me. Do you know what I have done? Why would God care to hear my praises? I don’t feel like it. Let me tell you, this is when our praise becomes a sacrifice. You rid yourself of you and focus on the goodness of the One who made you. God is the only one who is able to break every bondage in your life. His grace covers all sin. Praise God and see the things in your life begin to change.
Jesus came to give us liberty and to open the prison doors to those who are bound. The work has already been done for you. Realize that you do not have to be bound to fear, worry, sin, sickness or whatever else that has taken you captive. God’s grace is enough for you.
Rhonda H. Kelley quotes:
In Christ, there is freedom from bondage. Believers are no longer slaves; they are free – not through their own merit but through God’s redeeming Grace.”
Don’t keep believing the lies satan may be speaking to you that are keeping you bound. The chains have been broken. All you need to do is get up and walk away.
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. Galations 5:1