Break the chains

By Eddie Watson | Jul 14, 2014

There is a story in the Bible, Mark 5:1-15, about the demoniac of the Gadarenes. There we read about a man whose name was not given, but is often referred to as Legion, the name of the demons, because there were many of them. He was so possessed that no chains or fetters could hold him. Men would bind him and he would always break free; but he wasn't free because he lived in a constant state of torment, that was, until he met Jesus.

I briefly recount the story for the following purpose. Many in the church today proclaim that they are children of God, but yet their lives seem to be so ensnared, entangled, and enslaved to the very things that God promises the faithful they can walk in victory over. Why is that? I believe the answer is simple. People will go to church, people will look the part, people will sing in the choir and many will even openly profess Christ as Lord; but many of them never take the time to open the Bible, to find the rudiments of how to live free.

Back in the 80's, there was a little Christian song whose chorus spoke volumes to the believer, ultimately asking a very poignant question. The chorus said, "I'm a winner, not a loser! I’m the head and not the tail! If the prison doors are open, what are you doing in jail?" I believe that it is high time the true believer recognizes that we are not just "saved," that we are not just a "Christian,” but we are the children of the Almighty God.

Jesus tells us in John 14:12, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, whatsoever things I do, shall you do also, and greater things than these shall you do because I go unto my Father." In the Bible, we see some of the mighty miraculous things that Christ did, and he said that we had the power to do even greater things; and yet, many live powerless in Christ.

Jesus also told us in Luke 10:19, "Behold I give to you power to tread upon serpents, scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you." Two great promises given to us by Jesus himself, but still many are weak in the body of Christ.

The demoniac was able to break free of that which bound him, but still was not free. Many Christians, with their loud and bold proclamation, singing "He Set Me Free," are in the same predicament as the demoniac; they're just not free. They can be.

I challenge you, open the Bible and watch it instruct you on how to live beyond the grasp of the enemy. Then you too can break the chains and live free.

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