Break Every Chain is one of my favorite songs because it was during that song that I got the revelation that my chains were indeed all going to come off and I was going to be completely FREE.  I couldn’t even comprehend what true freedom looked like at that point, but I knew it was good!

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.  Psalm 34:8

Sometimes, I wish I could bottle and sell the freedom that comes with spending time alone with God.  If I could impart just a taste of it, I know it would change people’s lives forever!  Only Jesus can truly heal the broken-hearted and set the captives free.  He is the answer to every struggle, every heartache, and every need.

The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners. Isaiah 61:1

When I stood in that church service five years ago, I desperately wanted to be free from the emotional pain and suffering that I called my life.  Do you ever think, “this can’t possibly be how life was meant to be” or “there has to be more to life than this.”  I did!  I wanted the hope and the joy that I saw in other people, but I had no idea how to get it for myself.  And I felt so far from where the “spiritual people” were who appeared to have it all together as they stood at the altar and prayed for people.  Its kinda funny that now I am that person that stands at the altar and prays for people and I still only “appear” to have it all together.  We all have things that we are working on and I’m so thankful that Christianity is a journey with Jesus and not a requirement for perfection.  He meets us where we are (and I was pretty far down in the pit!) and walks with us individually and teaches us everything we need to know to become mature in our faith.  We can lay aside the need to be perfect or to achieve being spiritual enough because we are enough when we are in Christ.  HE IS ENOUGH!  He isn’t looking for perfection, He is only looking for someone that’s willing to be obedient and surrender to Him.  I wish I could impart my experiences to others.  I wish I could share my personal valley of Gethsemane, and the unnecessary times I spent in the belly of a whale while God was trying to get my attention and save others from their own experiences of it.

Before I surrendered my will and started serving the Lord, I was living in sin and calling myself a Christian.  I was going to church, and sometimes I would even pray.  That’s a scary place to be.  Lip service is not fire protection.  Saying a prayer without a lifestyle change as evidence that you meant the prayer is not going to keep you out of hell.  I was living dangerously close to that fake fire insurance.  But God!  He will chase us down, there is no wall He won’t kick down, no lie He won’t tear down to come after us.  He loves us too much to leave us where we are.  I remember feeling so restless inside, spending all my energy trying to make things “right”.  I didn’t understand that the void I felt inside and all the frustration that came into my life was from not having a personal relationship with Christ.  Just one decision to let Him take control of the life I obviously couldn’t fix changed everything!  He is so much better at cleaning up my mess and working things out for good when I’m allowing Him to have control than I am.  I wish every single person would watch the move War Room.  When I understood the value of a prayer closet, I never looked back.  That helped me so much!!  My passion is to help people realize that God wants to give them that same freedom.  He wants everyone to be free from curse of sin and death and to know that they have eternal life in Heaven when they die.  I’m praying for a little boy right now that lost his dad to a heart attack and he was only 37 years old.  We don’t know how much time we have left.  Today is the day!!!  God wants to set us free today.  He doesn’t want us to keep carrying all the pain and sorrow that is eating us up inside.  He is waiting with arms open wide for us to hand it to Him and let Him heal it.  He loves us extravagantly!  He wants the very best for us!  My heart breaks sometimes for people who don’t have a personal relationship with Christ.  I pray for God to send people into their life that can minister to them and share the love of Christ with them.  I pray for the ones that know who He is but don’t yet hear His voice, that they would get into the Word of God and read it for themselves.  We are living in the last days, the rapture will happen and I desperately want them going with me when Jesus comes back.  We must learn how to read the Bible for ourselves.  And what I love so much about that is the grace that God meets us with when we just sit down and open our Bible.  The Holy Spirit shows us things so clearly when we just take the time.  I’ve had so many people say to me that they don’t know how to get started and I completely understand that.  I remember when I felt the very same way!  Here is a great  link to Billy Graham’s Website that explains the following:

“When asked by a new Christian where he should begin reading the Bible, Mr. Graham said, ‘Begin by reading the Gospel of John, for it tells us of Christ, of the ‘greatest life ever lived,’ and what He has done for us. Next read Acts, for it tells us what His first disciples did in the power of God’s Holy Spirit. Then perhaps the letters of John and the letter to the Philippians. Then you may want to read Romans, which sets forth the great doctrines which Paul taught.’

After you have finished these books, read the rest of the New Testament. You will want to study the Old Testament as well.

Do not be troubled about the things you read and do not understand. Trust the Holy Spirit to enlighten your mind and grant understanding. As you study prayerfully, you will experience a close fellowship with the Lord.”

I am so excited about what God is doing!  He is calling His prodigals home.  He is pouring out His glory in ways I’ve never seen before.  He is sending fresh fire to stir us up and spread the good news that Jesus Christ died on the cross, was resurrected, and is at the right hand of the Father interceding for us so that we could be set free from the penalty of sin and death.

I don’t know if I should put a warning label or a download notice on this post.  My first thought was to delete it because it came out of me as if I was trying to compel a group of people to come to Christ, knowing that they must do it before it’s too late and it feels a little harsh.  I feel like I just finished speaking and I’ve poured everything I have out to others.  But when I get a download from God like that, it’s usually because someone needs to hear it.  If He is speaking to you, please hear my heart when I say that He loves you so much, and He longs to have a personal relationship with you.  If you were the only person on this earth, He would have still died on the cross for you.  Somebody’s chains are coming off!  If that’s you, comment below or send me a private message and let me know so that I can celebrate with you!  I speak blessings over you and I am praying for you!

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