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Bound in Chains
“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward – to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.” Philippians 3:12-14 (MSG)
“I know the worst about you, but I
also see the best in you.” This
quote is from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young on July 7th. There is such truth in this statement! Our Creator knows everything about us
– both the good and the bad – yet still He loves us! His desire is for us to grow in Him. One thing author Andy Andrews says in
his book "The Noticer" is to take a good honest look at
yourself and ask yourself, “What is one thing about me that others would change
if they could?” And then work toward changing that one thing.
God does know the worst about you, but He desires that you be the best you can be living with the Holy Spirit inside of you. You can UN-learn the habits that you’ve learned as coping mechanisms. You don't have to keep yourself bound in chains that you’ve created for yourself.
Circus elephants are trained by being bound in chains. Once they realize they cannot get away, their chains are removed, and they will not run. In 1967 in Germany, there was a circus tent fire, which wounded and killed several elephants, who were free to run but didn’t recognize their freedom, even to the point of death.
Has God called you to something today that you have been running from due to chains that you have perceived bind you? What you have been called to, you will be led through. And if God is for you, who can be against you? So, throw off the chains and run toward the prize – the destiny that has been prepared for you before the foundation of the world.