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21 Jan – Tackle the shackle


Have you ever felt like you are shackled and weighed down under a heavy burden or yoke?

Many times we can feel like we are in chains, and just can’t break free of a situation or limitation in our life.

That’s where God has some good news! He says He has broken the shackles, chains and burdens off our backs. He wants us to take hold of what He says and has done for us, and apply it to our lives. In other words we “tackle the shackle with truth!”

I love the account of Jesus setting free the demon possessed man. This wreck of a man who Jesus crossed a sea to reach, had been shackled and chained both in the physical and spiritual realm. His life had been overcome by forces of evil, and he was in constant torment; chained and shackled in every way, with no means of escape.

Jesus arrives on the scene and instantly sees and has compassion on this man, setting him radically and amazingly free. One encounter with Jesus changed his life forever, as every chain was broken, and every shackle obliterated. (Luke 8:26-39)

The good news is that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. What he did for that man he will do for us. The shackles and chains He broke off to set him free, he will break off of all who come to Him. Whether it is a shackle of fear, sickness, poverty, addiction, sin abuse, hurt, worry, or anxiety- whatever it is.  If God says it, you can believe it, and He says that the truth will set you free. He says you are greatly loved, and nothing can separate you from His love. He says that He came to destroy the works of the devil. That any shackle can, and will be broken when we ask Jesus into our life, and choose to believe and stand on His word.

“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” (John 8:36)

We need to know how to walk in our victory, and to know who we are in Jesus. If there is anything that is raising its ugly head against what Jesus has done for us, then we can tackle it with His word, and see every chain and shackle obliterated.

Today let Jesus into every area of your life; let the truth of what He has done, and what He says about your life and future break every chain. God has a plan, and an extraordinary, joy filled life for you to live. (John 10:10) Don’t waste another minute; Tackle whatever is holding you in the shackle, and step into and walk in your freedom.

Have a listen to this great song that declares what Jesus has done for us:

“Now I will break their yoke from your neck and tear your shackles away.” (Nahum 1:3)

Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death And broke their bands (shackles) apart. Let them give thanks to the LORD for His loving-kindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men.” (Psalm 107:14)

For I am convinced [and continue to be convinced—beyond any doubt] that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present and threatening, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the [unlimited] love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

Prayer: Lord I want to live truely free. Thank you that you have broken every evil power in my life and that all I need do is take hold of and receive the freedom you died to give me, so that any shackles are torn away. In Jesus name Amen.

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