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When the Chain Breaker Steps In
By Joel Osteen - Jun 12, 2020
Have you ever wondered why you can’t seem to get ahead, why you can’t break an addiction or control your temper? We all have forces that are trying to hold us back. Those are chains that are restricting us. Chains of guilt—beating yourself up for past mistakes. Chains of depression—a dark cloud follows you around. Chains of low self-esteem—you never feel good about yourself. Perhaps there’s a recording constantly playing in your mind, “You’re not attractive or talented enough. You don’t have a good personality.” That’s a chain. It’s easy to accept it and think it will never change. But you weren’t created to be bound. The good news is that our God is a chain breaker, and He’s about to step in. Freedom is coming.

Someone might say I’m just getting your hopes up, but read what Jesus says: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me to announce deliverance to the captives…freedom to those that are bound” (Luke 4:18). That’s what I’m doing, announcing freedom, announcing that chains are being broken. Now it’s up to you to receive it. You have to let this seed take root. What’s been restricting you and hindering your progress has been removed. God is not only going to break chains that are holding you back, but He’s going to break chains that are holding back what belongs to you. There are blessings that have your name on them—promotion, businesses, houses, healing that you’ve been believing for. God is about to release what’s been held up.

In the Scripture, the prophet Daniel prayed and asked God for something, but day after day went by with no sign of it. Three weeks later, an angel showed up and said, “Daniel, the moment you prayed, God sent me with the answer, but there were forces in my way that stopped me.” God had to send another angel to fight through the forces of darkness. There are forces trying to hold back what you’ve been praying for. Stay encouraged; it’s on the way. Just imagine God snapping the chains of the forces that are holding it back. God is breaking the way wide open. You’re going to see what God promised. All the forces of darkness cannot stop it.

This is a new day of freedom, of wholeness, of increase. I can see chains of debt and sickness being broken, chains of fear, insecurity, and low self-esteem falling off. What’s hindered you in the past is not going to hinder you anymore. By faith you can say, “Father, thank You that my chains are gone and I am free. Every force that’s holding me back has been broken.”
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