Shake off your dust; rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem. Free yourself from the chains on your neck, Daughter Zion, now a captive. Isaiah 52:2
Freedom is something that most people treasure, but very few actually have. Bondage to someone or something is a position that most people find themselves in. Some of those people are in physical bondage, while many are in a different type of bondage.
In many countries like America, most people will say that they are not in bondage or captivity. They feel as if they are free, while they are in bondage. They are in bondage to debt, jobs, drugs, habits, and ultimately sin.
Isaiah tells the people of Jerusalem to break off the chains that are holding them in bondage. They are to rise up and sit on the throne, free.
Jesus had broke the chains of sin and death when He died on the cross and rose again from the dead. With His breaking those chains, He made it possible for people to also have those chains broken.
While many believers have broken some of those chains, they still allow themselves to be bound up with chains. Certain sins are allowed in the lives of some, keeping them bound to sin.
No believer needs to be bound up by sin, but can be released. However, it is a choice that has to be made. God always provides a way out of sin, but it has to be taken.
When the believer makes a choice to shake off the dust of his past and walk with God, he will be allowed to rise up above the circumstances and have God’s Holy Spirit with him. He will be free to live for God in every area of his life with no more chains to hold him down or back.
As with every believer, you have a past that is bound up with chains and sin. Jesus has made it possible to break those chains holding you down. Shake off your past and be the new creation Jesus has made you to be. Allow the Holy Spirit to empower you to be who God has created you to be.
Do not allow sin or the past to hold you back from doing what God is calling you to do. Be the witness of His saving power. In Christ Jesus you have victory, not bondage. You do not have to be a captive any longer, but free in Christ.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will allow God to break the chains in your life; that God will give you strength to turn from all sin; and that you will rise up to do the work God has called you to do.