18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
At Church recently, they were singing a Worship song that referred to “breaking every chain”. It struck me how many chains that exist in the world. After this, I looked them up. There is everything from a chain gun to a key chain. Ladder chains exist, silent chains, even ancient chains that formed medieval weapons.
Since before the fall, the enemy has constructed every snare imaginable. In this world today, people are drowning in chains. My mind went back to Jacob Marley in A Christmas Carol, his chains were made of cash boxes and ledgers. Finances, both an abundance, and an insufficient amount, bind people in life.
Some use the very chains that bind them to attack others like what is called a chain gun. Rap stars and Hollywood wear their addictions as if they were jewelry. They promote what is destroying them as if it were a ladder for success. So called artists use their own misery to, quote unquote, succeed in life.
In the end, the thing that they advertised will destroy them. It doesn’t have to be this way. I’ve watched as countless, heartbroken souls found hope at the altar. There is an opportunity for redemption.
So many believe the lie that their chains are impenetrable, unbreakable, and permanent. What The Lord Jesus knew is that a chain is only as strong as it’s weakest link. To you and I, sin was indestructible, but that’s only because we didn’t have the means of destroying it.
No matter how many centuries of chains were formed, the instrument of their oblivion was in place prior to their existence. Jesus came to Earth to obliterate every link. It wasn’t enough to break the chain. He wants all to know that no matter what binds them, even if it is a combination of things, that there is power to overcome them.
From the possessed man in the tombs to death itself, God left nothing safe. Every addiction, every obsession, all fear, and all faults will be broken in His presence. He spent every moment of His life on Earth proving this, including thirty sinless years in obscurity, plus three and a half sinless years on the world stage.
Jesus empowers all, both the well known and unknown, to live a Godly life. This doesn’t mean we won’t have battles, or even make mistakes. What it does mean is that a mistake doesn’t have to be a grave marker.
If you’ve stumbled, He will pick you up. If you haven’t experienced His mercy in your life yet, Jesus is the only expert at emptying tombs. He has whatever your need today. I know from personal experience that God is both a giver, and a restorer of life and happiness.
Many Christians have experienced battles that may not snare their soul, but imprison their mind. One of my greatest battles is with insecurity. Too often, I’ve allowed it to hinder my days, and worry my nights. It is an area that God has already conquered, and with His help will not detain me any more. It will try, but by faith, it will no longer succeed.
Depression and insecurities seek to arrest our hopes and dreams. They try their best to convince us that we are at their mercy. Forced to minister through bars that God has given us freedom from. If you battle these things, you are not alone.
The wonderful thing is that we can experience freedom from any jailer that tries to hold us. God unlocked every prison with His Death, Burial, and Resurrection. Whether it be it healing for our bodies, deliverance for our souls, or peace for our troubled spirits, I’m so glad that I know, Jesus is The Chain Breaker. He will break every chain!