Broken Chains

“And I will walk among you, and will be your God, and ye shall be my people. I am the LORD your God, which brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, that ye should not be their bondmen (slaves); and I have broken the bands of your yoke, and made you go (walk) upright. “

Leviticus 26:12-13

Our song leader at Freedom That Lasts decided to hold a contest for our song book cover. This was meant to bring out creativity, so contestants were encouraged to use the medium of their choice and use the gifts God had given them to create a song book cover that would relate to the ministry. When I heard the word, “talent”, and I immediately knew I had no hope of winning. I have a creative mind, but I have no talent to execute what is in my head and apply it to paper. He explained the rules of the contest, and you could see the wheels turning in the minds of those who were interested in participating. There are many in our group who are blessed in this way, and I was excited to see what people would create.

The contest came to an end and there were quite a few entries. Some submitted drawings, others used photography, and some created computer images. It was neat to see the various submissions and to see how people viewed the ministry and how they related it to art. My good friend submitted an entry, and his was picked for the winning song book cover that particular year. He created a cover that depicted a pair of arms with shackles attached at the wrists and chains dangling from the shackles. The best part of the picture is that the chains were broken and freedom was realized.

When I think of Freedom That Lasts, I think of the freedom God has given those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. As believers in Christ, we are free to go from the prison of sin which once held us in bondage. God’s plan for us is not that we remain enslaved to sin, but that we might find victory in Him. The curriculum of Freedom That Lasts requires scripture memorization that teaches true freedom comes only through Jesus Christ. We can be set free from the sinful addictions that hold us in bondage, and I have yet to meet someone who does not struggle with an addiction to sin and the flesh. I look forward to these Friday nights as I get to hear from those who are struggling, those who are experiencing victory, and others who share their story of how God is working in and using their lives. We do not focus or glamorize the sin, but we seek to glorify the power over sin that is only found in the shed blood of Jesus Christ.

God did not desire the Israelites to be slaves of Egypt, but He desired that they would be free to worship and live for Him. He desires the same for us as we live in this sin-filled world. He alone can break the bonds of sin and fill the emptiness that we try to fill ourselves with sinful deeds and distractions. We will experience freedom over sin if we allow Him to be the God of our life and walk with Him. We must never forget what we were delivered from, and we must always remember that the God who saved us is the one who continues His work in us. Philippians 1:6 states, “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

Are you living in a prison of sin? Do you know that you are free to go? Do you serve the one true God or have you placed other gods up in your life? Are you living like a free man or are you living like the old man who is in bondage to sin? Do you long to have victory over the sins you battle in your life? How is your daily walk? Are you in the Word? Are you speaking to God in prayer? Do you meditate on His word? Sin brings death, but we can have victory through Jesus Christ our Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:57 states, “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

Stay in the Fight!

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