photo by: Shirley/Oklahoma/December 2009
Unnecessary Bondage
originally written & posted
10 Jan 10
There are things I know I’m supposed to be doing…but I don’t do them.
There are things I know I’m not supposed to be doing…but I do them anyway.

WHY?!

I know God’s Word is Truth.  I know that He loves me.
I know what He has instructed me to do.
So why have 5+ years gone by yet I am still struggling
with the same bad habits?!

I KNOW obedience brings blessing.
I’ve read about it in the Bible…and I’ve seen it in everyday real life.
I’ve even experienced it for myself!

So today I ask…”Why do I still have chains on me?
Why am I not free from these chains?”

A calm and gentle answer returns to my spirit:

“You keep wrapping them around you.”
“The cage door is open...but you will not walk out.
The locks to those chains have been broken,
but you keep picking them up and wrapping them around you like a blanket.”

I am stunned.
I know these words are true.
Fear once again plays with my mind.

Familiarity is comfortable.
Bad habits feel secure because they are familiar…
but the reality of the situation is nothing close to security.

If only we have (and keep!) the eyes to see that!

**Oh Lord…I know You love me.
You love me more than anyone else possibly could.
You love me more than I love myself.
I know Your words are true.
I know that I do not have the strength on my own to do what you ask…
but You do not ask lightly nor do You ask without also offering the power to obey.
Please help me.
I want to be free from these chains…free forever!
I do not want the mirage of false security to hinder my walk with you.
I want to love You not only with my words but also with my actions.
Please give me the eyes to see the door of escape when temptation comes calling.
Please increase my heart’s desire to obey so that it is stronger than my selfishness.
I want my life to bring You glory and honor…
I can’t do that if I am still curled up in the corner of this cage.
Help me to recognize the lies of false security when I hear them.
Help me say no to the false and yes to the real.**


And again I sing:
“Create in me a clean heart, O God
And renew a right spirit within me.
Create in me a clean heart, O God
And renew a right spirit within me.
Cast me not away from thy presence, O Lord.
Take not thy Holy Spirit from me.
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation.
And renew a right spirit within me.”

One of my favorite songs…
a favorite long before I realized I was actually singing Scripture verses.
This is part of a song King David wrote
after Nathan the prophet confronted him about his sin.
(see Psalm 51)

Written centuries ago…but the words are timeless!
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photo by: Shirley/Missouri/December 2009