Have you ever felt like there was something keeping you from the Lord?  I’m talking about a stronghold that doesn’t seem to break or let go.  It could be a sin or could be a lie that you have not dealt with yet.  This thing has you bound. You may have struggled for many years or just recently.  Anger, lust, fear, physical pain, doubt.  There’s a number of things it could be, but we know we want it broken. We want deliverance. Praise God there is good news.  And that good news is Jesus.  Jesus is the one who breaks the chains in our lives.  He’s the one with the power over strongholds.  He overcame death so that we could be reconciled to the Father.  He’s the strongest one and he is able to break any and every chain.  Break Free, Break Forth is an image of what it means to be free from a stronghold or chain.

When I began painting Break Free, Break Forth, in my mind I pictured a chain being broken and the pieces shattering. I painted a colorful background and added the chain being broken in the center with yellow light shining from behind the broken pieces. The chain is somewhat translucent and later I realized that the chain links were not connected. That made me laugh, because I remembered when I painted the chain links, that I purposely thought about linking them and making them just right. After all of that thoughtful work, I never actually connected the links! At first, I was upset because of my mistake, but then realized it wasn’t a mistake. The Lord reminded me that when He breaks a chain in our lives, He also looses the links so that it has no hold on us at all! We are set free!

Whatever the chain:  hatred, addiction to drugs or alcohol, pornography, guilt, jealousy, sexual sin, depression, mental illness, physical illness, nothing is too strong for God’s love to break.  Nothing is too strong for God’s power to set someone free! If you need freedom today, let Jesus set you free.  And declare that thing broken in Jesus name!  Every believer has authority through the blood of Jesus.  And by the Holy Spirit’s power we can break free and break forth!  If you want someone to pray with you who believes in the power of Jesus, then find that good friend and pray; together break the chain that has held you bound.  Remember that once it is broken, it is finished.

In closing, my pastor once said that sometimes after a stronghold is broken and lets go of its hold on us, we may still be holding on to the stronghold.  It’s important that we let go of that thing that once held us.  Don’t hold on to the chain any longer.  It’s not yours to carry and keep.  Be free and walk out your victory!

“…loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke…set the oppressed free and break every yoke…Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear.” (Isaiah 58:6; 8)

“Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.  Be he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.”  (Isaiah 53:4-5)



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