Break Every Chain

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Your God is present among you,
a strong Warrior there to save you.
Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love
and delight you with his songs. ~Zephaniah 3: 17 Message

Since singing Break Every Chain at church recently, I’ve woken up several mornings this week with those same words on repeat.

Break every chain.  Break every chain.  Break every chain.

I love lots of things about this journey, but having this kind of love present in my life, one that is big enough and strong enough to set me free from things that hold my heart captive, has got to be the most precious gift ever.

I’ve often said that I’m so glad that when I made the decision to take back hold of His hand and walk with Him, he didn’t (and still doesn’t) address all my “issues” at once.  Looking back, I think it would have overwhelmed me.

The other morning, I put the following comment on Facebook:

Nothing makes me hyperventilate more (and do a tiny little freak out on the inside) than when I receive 17 emails in a span of 90 minutes from my client. Deep breaths. Coffee. Let’s go! 🙂  

I’m so glad that my journey with God doesn’t look like my email inbox.  As I look back, His timing in my life has been impeccable.

Eileen, He says,  I have an area of your heart I would like to address. It’s time. 

I read the above verse in Zephaniah this morning.  I  especially loved this one line in the Message translation.  “Happy to have you back, he’ll calm you with his love.”

God’s love should never stress us out.  God’s love should never feel like 17 tasks waiting in our email inbox.  I’m thankful that God’s love looks and feels more like the prodigal son story we are so familiar with in Scripture.  He sees us coming back,  runs out to meet us,  gives us a big hug, calls the neighbors, turns the volume up on His Pandora radio station and says “our first order of business, now that you are back, is to have a party!”  (Yes, I added Pandora…but it’s hard for me to imagine that scene without some happy music playing too.)

More than anything (I think),  God is just giddy to have us along on the journey.  Yes, there are things in our heart that need to be brought out into the light and need to be addressed.  And, as we walk along, God snaps the next chain.

Break every chain. Break every chain. Break every chain. 

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back” ~ Philippians 3: 12 Message

8 thoughts on “Break Every Chain

    1. Eileen Post author

      Betty, it was kind of an ah-ha moment for me when I wrote that sentence. Thanks. I’m glad God is continually teaching and reminding us

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      1. Betty Draper

        Eileen I don’t say this to puff you up but I am never sorry when I visit your blog. From a well of wisdom you write honestly and open pouring out some of the bitter things you have encountered.
        You are refreshing.

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  1. Anne

    Our small group was asked to pick a verse to carry with us for a year to keep us inspired every day, when we needed to remember why we are here. Guess which one is in my pocket right now?
    Zephaniah 3:17 (NIT)
    For the Lord your God is living among you.
    He is a mighty savior.
    He will take delight in you with gladness.
    With his love, he will calm all your fears.
    He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.

    Reply

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