“He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, And broke their chains in pieces. Oh that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!” Psalm 107:14-15 NKJV
Before writing this post, I searched the definitions for the words chain and sin in the online Webster’s dictionary. This is what it stated.
Chain-( when used as a verb) something that confines, restrains, or secures. In addition, this word is often associated with a use for prisoners and slaves.
Sin– an often serious shortcoming; transgression of the law of God.
With those two definitions in mind, imagine yourself in a dark murky dungeon, of solitude for years. A prisoner, awaiting death. The shadows of darkness are so deep, that you might as well have on blindfolds. You long to see just a sliver of light.
You have been standing, and chain to a steel pole. Your hands, feet and body are completely confine. You strain your ears, to hear for any sign of life, within your space, and there is always nothing.
The air is thick, making it hard to breathe, and when you scream out into the shadows, you are met with a return of echoes.
You desperately want to be free, so you begin to struggle against metal links that are holding you back. You fight and fight, but the chains seem to become tighter and tighter.
The darkness becomes too overwhelming and your breathing is hard.
You give up and after trying with all your fleshly might, you can’t break free.
You are quickly accepting the facts….
You are a lone prisoner. You are bond in chains. You can barely breathe. You are in darkness and there is no escape.
You feel defeated and have surrendered to your conditions. There is no hope. You have become a prisoner to your sins.
Let’s pause for a moment here, as I bring a moment of understanding to this story.
Sin is real, and the affects of it are very much like this story. It separates us from His light. It causes a shortness of spiritual breathe, killing the soul. Sin, keeps us in chains, bond, confine and slaves to our wrongdoings.
Now, let’s go back to that imaginary dungeon. You’ve been hanging your head in self pity and sorrow.
You cry out, but this time, it’s from the depths of your heart, seeking for something, someone beyond this world.
To your amazement, you hear a still small voice calling in the darkness, saying “Here I am, I have come to redeem you”, and all the shadows of the darkness are shattered with His glorious light.
Your chains are being broken, and the sound of metal falling to the floor, are pleasant to your ears. The air is clear, and your lungs are grateful.
YOU. ARE. FREE.
You stand in awe of the One that made your hopeless situation, hopeful. You bow and weep in joy of your new found freedom. Who is this Man of light that came to your rescue, breaking you free?
His name is Jesus.
“For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:2
REFLECTIONS and UNDERSTANDING: I wanted to give you a visual of what sin does, but better yet, a visual of what our salvation in Jesus does. Sin causes us to stumble in darkness, all while cutting off our life supply to God. When Jesus died on that cross, and poured out His precious blood, He made a way for us to walk in light, truth, and freedom. He destroyed the sting of death. Sin is very real, and very wrong. In this day, things that God calls evil are good, and good is being called evil. Don’t be deceive, hell is a real eternity, yet God made a way when there was no way for us to be with Him in heaven. That truth, that way and that life is Jesus. “He is the way, the truth and the life.” John 14:6
INVITATION: If you want to be set free, if you are tired of fighting against the chains, I pray that you invite Jesus Christ into your heart this very moment. Turn from sin, and begin the transformation in His love. I am standing in prayer with you. He loves you, He gave it all, to give it all.
Featured song is by Tenth Avenue North, titled “The Stuggle”