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Chains Removed

July 1, 2014

Sunday we had the opportunity to worship at First United Methodist Abilene. We have been there before, but this week was a little different. They had a new pastor and it was his first Sunday. It was a wonderful service, just as we have experienced there before.

It was nice to be able to be a part of the congregation with all my focus on worshipping Jesus. No distractions and no issues. It was interesting what I heard and learned, both in the song worship and in the preaching. The whole theme was what does freedom in Christ look like. How far does this freedom extend?

On one account the service made me reflect on my “Church Idols” series I have posted here. As we sang the song “Break Every Chain” I was thinking about all the things we have chosen to allow to bind us away from Jesus. Many times we chose to put on the shackles and place ourselves in the bondage. Once we identify these are artificial boundaries that we have created then it is possible to break free. Breaking free allows us to obtain liberty and freedom in Christ.

This freedom is overwhelming. It floods you with excitement and responsibility. It reinforces your direction or casts a new path for you. But this freedom is unique because it has boundaries. The Holy Spirit is the source, or guide, to these boundaries. The more we allow the Holy Spirit to speak to us, the more we will look and act like Jesus. This will allow us to open the doors to the blessings God has for us.

I find it interesting that we have locked up the blessings of God by our own will. We have placed the chains on them. We have decided what God can and cannot do. We have decided what God likes and does not like. Interesting. Because once we put these chains on others, and ourselves it takes Jesus to break us free. Our actions have consequences, and thank God for Jesus who has come to set us free.


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