Elephants are one of the most powerful creatures in nature, but despite their great strength, they can be controlled in quite weak ways. That’s because of how they’ve been trained, how they’ve been taught and what they’ve been led to believe. Adult elephants could easily break the ropes or chains that hold them. But they’ve been conditioned since they were small with a chain bond. The baby elephant will struggle, but eventually it will realize that it can’t break the rope. Even worse, continuing to struggle hurts their leg. It learns not to struggle and accepts the restraint is permanent with no use straining against it. As the elephant grows up the chains in its mind remain, so the chains on its leg are never broken.
There is power in the name of Jesus to break every chain! If you are a born-again believer, those chains are gone, and you’ve been set free! Yet some of us live like we’re still chained up.
We can be saved but live like we’re enslaved, freed but not living in freedom. Despite the truth that those In Christ, even those in prison, can be free in spirit, regardless of physical circumstance.
We’ll continue to be tied to our old life if we don’t progress in our Christian walk. We can only grow through spending time with Him, studying the Bible and in prayer. We’re called to be different, but not “weird.” We become new creations the moment of salvation but continue growing more like Jesus as we increase in our knowledge and relationship with Him. We’ll realize that when His Word says we are forgiven, we are forgiven!
He wiped our slate clean, once and for all for our salvation. We’re saved! But in the practical reality of daily living we’ll always be works in progress, not fully perfected until the day we meet God face to face. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9).
We should ask for forgiveness as often as we need it. I have to everyday! Keep a “short account”, not build up a list of our offenses or of others against us. Don’t keep a mental little list of those who’ve hurt us or try to lie to ourselves into believing we haven’t hurt others and God doesn’t know. He knows and is pleased when we return to Him.
Let’s go now in prayer: Father, thank You that You loved us first and by grace have given us liberty in Jesus. Forgive us where we fall short and help us to listen and obey. May we choose to live in freedom in purposeful and deliberate lives that glorify Jesus name, Amen, Amen, and Amen!
Read: Isaiah 30:18-19
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on God Is Patient and Forgiving on July 6th, 2019 - Watch Sermon