Me…A Leader?

So, I was painting in a back area away and ‘hidden’ from everyone. I tend to sing when I’m by myself and today was no exception. As I was singing, “my chains are gone, I’ve been set free; my God, my Savior has ransomed me; and like a flood His mercy reigns; unending love, amazing grace”, Father began to show me pictures of the stereo-typical biker. Bikers seem to love chains and the look of them, probably because it sends out a “mo’ bad, don’t mess with me” appearance. But Father showed me that most people don’t realize that they are carrying around the very chains that have them bound to a lifestyle, an addiction, to pain and past hurts, to rejection and abandonment. They wear the physical chains like badges of honor, but they scream their motto of “Live to ride, ride to live” not realizing that they are trying to escape the mental and emotional chains that keep them from that elusive freedom they so desperately ride for.
Jesus wants to break every chain! He wants to give true and lasting freedom.
But Jesus cannot heal you if you won’t admit you’re sick. He cannot forgive you if you won’t admit you’ve sinned. He cannot ransom you unless you admit that you are held captive by evil forces. He cannot rescue/set you free unless you allow Him to break the fetters that hold you. As much as He loves and desires you to be part of His family, He cannot make you love and desire Him back.

My Chains Are Gone

So, I was painting in a back area away and ‘hidden’ from everyone. I tend to sing when I’m by myself and today was no exception. As I was singing, “my chains are gone, I’ve been set free; my God, my Savior has ransomed me; and like a flood His mercy reigns; unending love, amazing grace”, Father began to show me pictures of the stereo-typical biker. Bikers seem to love chains and the look of them, probably because it sends out a “mo’ bad, don’t mess with me” appearance. But Father showed me that most people don’t realize that they are carrying around the very chains that have them bound to a lifestyle, an addiction, to pain and past hurts, to rejection and abandonment. They wear the physical chains like badges of honor, but they scream their motto of “Live to ride, ride to live” not realizing that they are trying to escape the mental and emotional chains that keep them from that elusive freedom they so desperately ride for.
Jesus wants to break every chain! He wants to give true and lasting freedom.
But Jesus cannot heal you if you won’t admit you’re sick. He cannot forgive you if you won’t admit you’ve sinned. He cannot ransom you unless you admit that you are held captive by evil forces. He cannot rescue/set you free unless you allow Him to break the fetters that hold you. As much as He loves and desires you to be part of His family, He cannot make you love and desire Him back.