Food for Thought: Chains....
I just started a new Bible study last night with a group of women i don't really know....at all in fact. Well, i know 2 of them, but of those i only really know one. Anyways, last night was our first meeting. And it was GOOD!
It's been awhile since I've read or done anything that made me feel almost overwhelmed with information. Like, last night, i had a physical tightness in my chest because there was so much to process...there IS so much to process. And I'm not a natural processor, so anything that makes me want to process really HAS to be good.
And last night there was this one quote that really stuck to my bones. I've been thinking about it over and over today...well, 2 quotes really, but they go together.
"I am a direct result of my belief system. All i am comes from what i really believe when noone is looking."
"We are holding our chains,
Our chains are not holding us."
As a believer in Christ (which I happen to be), I have been freed.
Acts 13:39 says "Through Him, everyone who believes is freed from all things." Freed...that's a past tense word...you have been freed, of ALL THINGS...you are not in process of being freed. And then i thought...If i am a direct result of my belief system, Do i really believe that? And the short answer is "Yes. I believe it." But, in the quiet of the night when noone is looking, do i allow myself to walk in freedom?
But then, I have to ask myself as I've been doing some thinking today....If I'm not walking in freedom, then what has me chained up unnecessarily? What keeps me from walking in the freedom that Jesus PAID? Paid...freed....done.
Is it fear? Or uncertainty?
Is it unforgiveness or resent?
Is it pride?
Is it a past mistake I can't get over and think God can't either?
And once i figure that out...i guess the next question is...
If I've been freed, then why am I still holding onto chains?
And then I'd like to say, when i figure it out...I'll be opening my hand...and letting go of those chains....because these hands were not made for shackles. And neither were yours...
***Do you have chains you're holding on to? If you've been freed, then what's stopping you from releasing your grip? If you want to learn more about how to become free....shoot me a message...there's plenty of freedom to go around!
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