finding our way to freedom
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; 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” (Isaiah 61:1)
We all have our strongholds; we are all captives until we invite Jesus in — into our strongholds, into our fears and failures, into our sin and our sorrows. A stronghold is essentially anything on which we rely; something that we have exalted to a higher position than God in our minds. It is something that stands between us and the Lord. Maybe it is an issue or sin we continue to struggle with. It could be our feelings — love or hate — towards a person. It could be a circumstance in our life — something that was done to us, or something that we have done. Fear, doubt, shame, unforgiveness, grief, the need for control, jealousy. Anything that controls our thoughts, that goes against the Word of God.
Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and set free those who are bound. Whatever our bondage, whatever our stronghold is, God does not leave us there. When we invite Jesus in, He will set us free. He will break the chains holding us down; He will bring us out of our darkness into His light.
“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and broke their chains in pieces.” (Psalm 107:13-14)
The journey to finding freedom is not, however, an easy one. Jesus can — and He wants to — set us free from our captivity so that we can come to Him with our whole hearts, trusting Him with all. And we have the comfort of knowing that the Lord is with us. Nothing that God commands or demands is beyond us because He is our strength. But the journey to freedom is often a long one. The way to healing often hurts. Because you see, the chains need to be broken for us to be set free, and we are often bruised and scraped when the chains break.
But if at the end of your journey through the hurts and the hardships you love God more than you did when you began, it is a road well worth travelling.
“For we were slaves. Yet our God did not forsake us in our bondage; but He extended mercy to us in the sight of the kings of Persia, to revive us, to repair the house of our God, to rebuild its ruins, and to give us a wall in Judah and Jerusalem.” (Ezra 9:9)
In Ezra, we are given this beautiful glimpse of the unfailing love of God. Our strongholds, whatever they may be, are what keep us from coming to the Lord. Yet, God does not forsake us in our bondage but rather, He extends mercy. God does not deem us ruined or beyond hope when we continue to struggle time and time again. He extends mercy, and then so much more.
Oh, how I pray that you see this as I do.
God revives us — He restores us back to life where we have been caught up in sin and death. He drenches us in His grace, and breathes life into us. God repairs us — He strengthens us where we have been damaged and wounded. His light shines through the cracks in our hearts; His light replaces our darkness. God rebuilds us — He makes us new where we have been broken and shattered, torn down. He renews us day by day and He gives us a wall of protection — we are sheltered from the enemy’s attacks right now and in the future, as we have been forgiven and set free in Christ.
So when you find yourself struggling once again? You only need to look to Him, to turn your eyes to Him when the enemy tries to get you again. But this time know that God will revive and repair and rebuild. The old things have passed away. You have been set free; you have been made new. Let us praise Him!
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