Truth 28: He brought me out of darkness… and broke away my chains.
He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains. Psalm 107:14
I stood in the steam of the shower, blasting the song “Break Every Chain” by Tasha Cobbs. “There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain…”
Even the chain of Childhood Sexual Abuse?
Childhood Sexual Abuse didn’t feel like just a chain. It felt like a very dark prison, filled with chains:
The chain of loneliness.
The chain of emptyness.
The chain of lies.
The chain of deception.
The chain of unworthiness.
The chain of mistrust.
The chain of fear.
The chain of panic.
The chain of anxiety.
The chain of rejection.
The chain of eating issues.
The chain of catastrophic thinking.
The chain of insecurity.
The chain of guilt.
The chain of blame.
The chain of despair.
The chain of faking.
The chain of depression.
The chain of manipulation.
The chain of addiction.
The chain of oppression.
The chain of discontentment.
The chain of doubt.
The chain of shame.
I started listening to this song everyday. One morning it finally hit me to speak to it, and call the chain by it’s name.
I started to cry out and ask Jesus to break EVERY chain, all of them.
I no longer wanted to be bound.
I had worn these chains for so long, I thought they were a part of me. I thought these chains were me.
And then I read this:
Awake, awake, Zion,
clothe yourself with strength!
Put on your garments of splendor,
Jerusalem, the holy city.
The uncircumcised and defiled
will not enter you again.
Shake off your dust;
rise up, sit enthroned, Jerusalem.
Free yourself from the chains on your neck,
Daughter Zion, now a captive. Isaiah 52:1-2 (NIV)
I wanted to be free of the chains, and I believed Jesus wanted to set me free and break every chain. I no longer wanted to be a captive. I wanted to be FREE.
I sang along every morning with Tasha and I cried out to Jesus to break the chains of Childhood Sexual Abuse, along with whatever other chains came to mind.
I called them out, one by one. Sometimes I would just sob and say His name. Jesus gave me strength, and then I heard it.
I heard the chains falling.
Thank you Jesus.