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You forged these chains in life – J. Marley

anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person‘ (2 Corinthians 5:7 NLT)

When we decide to be in Christ, we are made into a brand new person! Saved, redeemed, made new, no blemishes, white as snow, with no condemnation, the past has gone!

Amen to that!

After Jesus had risen, the apostles were testifying about the resurrection and the Good News, and the reason they were able to do this, was nothing to do with their faith or strength, the reason was, ‘God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all‘ (Acts 4:33 NIV).

Paul, when writing to the Romans, said, ‘all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God‘ but we are, ‘justified by his grace as a gift‘ (Romans 3:23 & 24 ESV). A freebie, a free gift, a free pass, gratis, with compliments. We cannot earn grace, we cannot buy grace with good deeds, grace truly is a free gift from God!

And these wonderful words say it all really. ‘Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me‘ (John Newton 1725-1807). and it is true, it is grace has saved us all.

Chris Tomlin, S. Roto, D. Pritchard-Blunt and L. Giglio, added to the beautiful word by John Newton;

My chains are gone, I’ve been set free.
My God, my Saviour has ransomed me,
And like a flood His mercy rains.
Unending love,  Amazing grace

We have been set free! We have done nothing, Jesus did it all, by dying for us for our sins. We were prisoners to sin, and Jesus said that he had been, ‘sent to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind‘ (Luke 4:18 NIV).

Chains were generally used to keep prisoners from escaping, or sometimes for keeping unruly people ‘in check‘. Jesus met a man, who was not like most normal men, he was possessed, ‘with an unclean spirit‘, his name, ‘Legion, for we are many‘ he said (Mark 5:2 & 9 ESV). Jesus broke this man free from his bondage to the spirit, by saying, ‘Come out of this man, you evil spirit‘ (Mark 5:8 NLT).

The Israelite’s felt that they live  like, ‘prisoners suffering in iron chains‘ (Psalm 107:8 ESV), the reason the felt this way was because they had rebelled against God.

We all at times, rebel against what God wants for us, because we think we know better, but, he has a master-plan for everyone. ‘For I know the plans I have for you… … plans for good… … to give you a future and a hope‘ (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT).

Jesus can break us free from our chains of bondage, if only we will let Him. All we have to do, is look for Him, ‘You will seek me and find me, when you seek with all your heart‘ (Jeremiah 29:13 ESV).

Are you, and I prepared to seek today, the ‘Author of Life‘ with all of our hearts?

If we do, ‘I will be found by you, declares the LORD‘ (Jeremiah 29:13 NLT).

Nike have this part just right.  Just do it!  Nike

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If you’ve been walking the same old road for miles and miles
If you’ve been hearing the same old voice tell the same old lies
If you’re trying to feel the same old holes inside
There’s a better life. There’s a better life

If you’ve got pain. He’s a pain taker
If you feel lost. He’s a way maker
If you need freedom or saving
He’s a prison-shaking Saviour
If you’ve got chains. He’s a chain breaker

We’ve all search for the light of day in the dead of night
We’ve all found ourselves worn out from the same old fight
We’ve all run to things we know just ain’t right
And there’s a better life. There’s a better life

If you’ve got pain. He’s a pain taker
If you feel lost. He’s a way maker
If you need freedom or saving
He’s a prison-shaking Saviour
If you’ve got chains. He’s a chain breaker

If you believe it. If you receive it. If you can feel it. Somebody testify

Chain Breaker – Jonathan Lindley Smith / Mia Fieldes / Zach Williams

 

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Lord at this time we thank you for sending your Son to break our chains and set us free. We know that we still do wrong, and that this hurts you. Help us to see your path for us and to know your will for us. Help us to rely on your strength, may we be more of you and less of us. Help us Father, Abba, help us to be what you know we can be.
Lord we pray for all people around the world that are suffering, whether those who are being persecuted, for their faith, may they have mustard seeds of faith that will grow into mighty trees. May their faith multiply until all around them can see and witness to their faith, may nothing get in the way. May your glory be seen by all.
Lord we pray for all Christians that cannot for various reasons, get to a Church to worship you, may they find peace and comfort in their situations                                                                      and places where they can and do meet with you.

Amen

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