CHAIN BREAKER                                                                                                                      Andy Hollifield 11-12-17

Psalms 68:5-6 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation. (6) God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.

Mark 5:3-4 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: (4) Because he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him.

Acts 12:6-7 And when Herod would have brought him forth, the same night Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains: and the keepers before the door kept the prison. (7) And, behold, the angel of the Lord came upon him, and a light shined in the prison: and he smote Peter on the side, and raised him up, saying, Arise up quickly. And his chains fell off from his hands.

Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;

Daniel 3:25 He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

The Gaither Vocal Band has a song that talks about the Lord that says something to the effect of; if you’re in pain, he’s a pain taker, if you feel lost he’s a way maker. If you need freedom or saving, he’s a prison shaking Savior, if you’ve got chains he’s a chain breaker. As I listened to that song recently it got me to thinking about all the times throughout the bible that people were bound by something; whether physical, psychological, emotional, or literal. As I began to think about this I looked back at times in my own life when I was bound. I have seen the time when I have been bound by physical issues in my body and also psychological and emotional issues in my mind. I have been bound by finances, relationships, tobacco, responsibilities, just like I suspect that everyone reading this has been. If you haven’t; give it time because you will be. That may not sound very encouraging but the truth is that life has a way of throwing stuff at you that you just don’t know how to handle. Those times when you are bound in your mind are far worse than physical bondage.

We read of the ministry of Jesus and see that a lot of his work in the ministry involved healing the sick and afflicted. That is to say those that are bound by physical issues that limit their ability to function as they should. I wrote recently of a good friend of mine, Bud Dillingham of Barnardsville, NC, that is living proof that physical bondage doesn’t mean uselessness. Bud had Spina Bifida as a child and has always been confined to a wheelchair ever since I have known him. Bud lies in his bed calling preachers and other Christians he has met on the phone once a week just to let them know that someone is praying for them. For Bud, making those calls every day makes that physical bondage a little less restrictive. I remember a time in my early twenties that I had a situation that just weighed so heavy on my mind that I had to keep working just to keep it off of my mind. I wound up using a tiller and dug out my mom’s basement. Hours and hours of labor just because something had my mind bound. There was a time in my late teens that was even worse than that. For literally over two years I sat and waited on a phone call that never came. I mean jumping every time the phone rang thinking that might finally be the call. Probably the hardest one aside from financial, is having problems with your kids or other family. Those are situations that you usually can’t do anything to change but yet you still have to live with the fallout no matter how bad or hurtful it might be.

The scriptures listed above represent a few of these situations in the bible. Psalms 68 talks of God putting those that have no one in a family. It might only be a church family but they are often closer than your natural family. I am glad that God always has a place for you. Mark 5 speaks of the demoniac of the Gadarenes and how once he encountered Jesus, he was freed from the chains that had him bound. It still works today just like it always has. He don’t always heal your physical needs and has often reminded me of that. I might not be moving very fast nowadays, but I am thankful that my guide has never missed a step and has always delivered right on time.

Acts 12 tells us of the time that the disciple Peter was in the inner prison bound between soldiers. It goes on to describe in detail, the peace that Peter apparently had that night. He was sleeping so good right in the midst of his problems that the angel that came for him had to smite him on the side and then raise him up to get him awake. It is hard to imagine me being that calm while sleeping chained to two soldiers and especially knowing that I was awaiting execution.

In Daniel 3 we find the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Three young men that were arrested for praying to their God just like they aways had. After being bound and cast into the fire, all the ropes fell off and they were seen walking with the Son of God.

Romans 8:15 speaks about the fact that when God saved us, he gave us the spirit of adoption and not of fear. Truly if we would only realize who our God is and how much he wants to deliver you, I believe that we would have a little more faith in some of the situations we wind up in.

Isaiah said it was appointed unto him to preach the gospel and to proclaim liberty to captives, to bind up the brokenhearted. Basically, his job was to encourage. I am thankful that is also my job. You may be bound by a job you hate, a stressful life, financial troubles, troubled relationships, car troubles, or whatever it might be; God specializes in it. Oh yeah I almost forgot; Isaiah also said his job was to proclaim the opening of the prison to them that are bound. Prisons come in all different forms and they are not always brick and mortar. Most of the time they aren’t. Most of the time it is just every day living that has us bound. He can break your chains just like he did for Peter that night. You don’t have to stay bound. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!

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