Welcome to Words of Hope: Finding Encouragement for Life's Journey for the month of May. It is my hope that you will find encouragement and hope to see you through the difficult days life throws your way, dear ones.
There are times in life when we become weighed down by our burdens. We can become weary from constantly swimming against the ocean currents. At times, we might even wonder if we will ever be able to see the bright sunshine through the raging storm clouds again. It is in these moments that we have a decision to make. Will we let our circumstances define us or will we allow God to transform us? Will we be shackled by our past, by our mistakes, by our sins or will we be free, made new, live with abandon for God?
Because of God's immense love for us and His desire to have an intimate, personal relationship with us, He sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to die for our sins. Once our chains have been broken, we are completely free. We do not wear our sins around our necks like chains. We are not defined by the mistakes we've made. Instead, God transforms us into new creations filled with His love, His light, and His truth. We are like beautiful butterflies emerging from our chrysalis to spread our majestic wings in flight. God transforms our hearts and sets them free to soar on songs of praise.
The Truth is that there is only one God: the Father, His one and only Son: Jesus, and our Guide: the Holy Spirit. When we confess our sins, ask for forgiveness, and accept God's grace, we are promised eternal life in Heaven. This doesn't mean we shouldn't strive to give God our best. We should definitely try to live lives that will please Him. He only asks of us that which is best for us!
When God breaks our chains and sets us free, we are free indeed. His love doesn't come with conditions. We don't have to jump through hoops to get God to notice us. We can't buy or earn God's love. God's love and salvation are gifts He freely gives us. He freely grants us His grace and mercy because He loves us not because we deserve it.
As Zach Williams belts out in Chain Breaker, God is "the way maker. He's the prison-shaking Savior." When Paul was in jail, he made a way and shook those prison gates to set him free. He does the same with the sins that bind our hearts, minds, and souls. God shakes those chains and breaks them to set us free. Crowder sings in Lift Your Head Weary Sinner: "Let the past be dead and gone. Come all saints and sinners, you can't outrun God. Whatever you've done can't overcome the power of the blood." We are His prodigal children and God will find us and bring us home. Nothing can separate us from God's love. Furthermore, the blood of Jesus washes away all of our sins and sets us free for then we shall be free indeed for all of eternity!
Chain Breaker by Zack Williams
Shackles (Praise You) by Mary, Mary
Break Every Chain by Tasha Cobbs
Lift Your Head Weary Sinner (Chains) by Crowder
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