Bound In Chains

Bound in Chains

 

I couldn’t have worded this better myself and the whole entire article truly makes one think. Stuart Lee Tutt genuinely has a way with words. Check out his site HERE and tell him a big ‘Hello’ from me.

 

Bound In Chains

Have you looked at a grown elephant chained to a stake and asked yourself why does he not just pull the stake out of the ground? I mean, come on, a big huge 15, 000 pound animal and a tent stake is all that is holding him at bay. Really??

 

But in order to understand the answer to the question we must venture back to shortly after the elephant was born. You see all elephants raised in captivity are bound to a stake by rope. Does the baby elephant like the rope around his leg and not having the freedom to walk around like he is supposed to. Heck no!! So he tries to pull away. And he keeps trying to pull away until there are rope burns on his leg. Some are a little more stubborn and end up with not just rope burn but bleeding sores and worse. But, unfortunately, over time they realize that no matter how hard they try they can not escape. As they mature, the rope is replaced with a chain. And despite the fact that they could break free they do not even try, for their will was broken a long time ago. The only way to be free of the rope or chain is for their trainer or master to release them.

 

Do you see a resemblance here? Does this kind of remind you a lot of the human race?

 

The sad thing is I do. And we don’t even need a rope or a chain per say. We have other people who can do that for us with just a few short words repeated over time. Did you know that you can literally kill a person with your words?

 

Have you ever heard a parent speak these choice words before​? “You will never amount to anything.” or “Why do I bother, you will never have good grades.” Repeatedly spoken over time, these words become truth to the child, despite the fact that they are not true. Eventually, that child will stop trying to amount to anything and stop trying to get the good grade because of the words spoken over them. Words that in the end crush their will and diminish their desire. There really are a lot of examples to this one. Has there been a time in your life where someone has spoken ill words over you? How did it affect you? I know for me it has happened..but I’ll save that for another story of sorts.

 

Repeatedly spoken over time, these words become truth to the child, despite the fact that they are not true. Eventually, that child will stop trying to amount to anything and stop trying to get the good grade because of the words spoken over them. Words that in the end crush their will and diminish their desire.”

Bound in chains

But all this carries over to the spiritual side of things as well. Sins that have us bound in spiritual chains because though WE have tried to overcome the struggle we allowed the enemy to whisper in our ears that God will not forgive you. Or the worse lie…God does not love you . How about this one? “See you fell again, you can’t stop.” The enemy has gotten me a lot with those simple words.

 

But unlike the trainer or master for the elephant our Master is more than willing to remove the chains from us. He does not want us in chains but rather He wants us walking in freedom. And the cool thing is that all we have to do is ask Him. Are you struggling in sin and bound in chains today? Give God control over that area of your life. I am living proof that there is freedom and that chains can be loosened. And that the scars of old can be healed along the way.

 

2 thoughts on “Bound In Chains

  1. Wow, Kerri. I am humbled that you thought this worthy of sharing. Thank you.

    Clara, praise God for grannys! Mine gave me my first Bible as well. I am sure it was by her prayers over the years that brought me to the Lord.

    Much love to you both!

  2. This is a powerful post, and one that we should read often! Our words are powerful!

    My father was very abusive with his words, and I can still hear his voice as he would say, “Are you retarded? You’ll never be able to do anything on your own!” “The reason you’re like you are is because you have no brain!” And, on and on he’d go during his angry tirades.

    BUT, the beautiful thing is my grandmother quietly gave me my very first bible, and even as a young child of 10 I would faithfully read the words of Jesus and every word had such meaning to me. “You are wonderfully made in the image of God.” I would read those words from the bible over and over again and those words began a release and a wonderful healing for me. To this day, when words from my father seep into my heart, the more powerful words of our Lord free me and keep my spirit high!

    Our words can uplift or do so much damage! May we always choose words that are kind and gentle and gracious and full of love.

    By the way, the illustration of the elephant is great! Thank you so much for this post!

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