Asbury United Methodist Church
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November 2, 2017

This morning I woke up with the relatively new hymn Break Every Chain, playing in my head. Who knows why.

          Maybe it was because our choir rehearsed a slice of this song during practice last night in preparation for our upcoming Christmas cantata.

          Maybe it was because I was thinking of my blog yesterday that Jesus did; in fact, break every chain. 

            (And with Christ by our side, we really don’t have much of an excuse to fail.)

          But at any rate, is there any mess that Christ cannot get us out of? I think not!

          The key I believe is to never allow ourselves the luxury of developing a wounded spirit. And, yes indeed things happen in life that give us every right in the world to claim a wounded spirit for ourselves and wear it like a badge.

          The fly in the ointment is that a wounded spirit never serves us well. Neither does it serve the mission.

          The apostle Paul reminds us, “…be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will (Romans 12:2 NIV).”

          God calls us endlessly to continue the activity of renewing our minds. In other words, for us to develop fresh and new ways of thinking and to be open to seeing ourselves in the loving ways that God sees us.

          Holding on to a wounded spirit never serves anyone.   On the other hand, avoiding this temptation can renew our minds and open doors and windows towards spacious living.

          I have tried my best to never look at my life in terms of lack but instead to stay the course and continue the mission. The mission drives everything.

          The mission of Christ gives all of us purpose, vision and a reason to live that is limitless, eternal and way-yonder bigger than we are.

          To avoid a wounded spirit, we must seek to understand that we were created for a tremendous cause which is driven by the King and his kingdom.

There is power in the name of Jesus
There is power in the name of Jesus
There is power in the name of Jesus
To break every chain, break every chain, break every chain
To break every chain, break every chain, break every chain


          (Break Every Chain, Tasha Cobb, Jesus Culture: Awakening: Live from Chicago, 2015)


          Never buy into the lie of living life through a stance of lack. Our very foundation is upon the immovable and unchangeable which is Christ and his Kingdom; and, he will supply every need.



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