Imagine you were a giant and these little people came and put miniature ropes and chains all over you. If you were in a slumbered state, as in the picture, you might believe yourself to be pinned down. How could you ever be free? If you lay down for too long, you might even forget you were a giant.
What if that same giant wakes up? All he – or she – has to do is just stand up, right? All he – or she – has to do is just shake off the chains. If you look in the picture, you can see the chains holding Gulliver, in this illustration of Gulliver’s Travels, have no real power over him.
Now what if someone told you that the One in you is greater than the prince of this world, and that if you just woke up and realised who you were in Christ, you would see you were fully able to stand up and be who He created you to be.
Victory over every chain holding you has already been won at the Cross. Deceptions must be broken in Jesus’ name. Covenants and agreements made over you by the kingdom of darkness, chains of oppression and poverty and sickness and despondency snap like a twig when the power of Jesus gets a hold of the determined giant.
A man sat begging by the gate called Beautiful. He was right there, at the gate, which was open! He could reach out and touch freedom but in his eyes and understanding he was a beggar. When Jesus’ disciples came past him, the Word of God says that he looked at them expecting something. They didn’t give him silver or gold. According to the Biblical account, they gave him something better. They woke him up! They told him, in the name of Jesus, get up and walk!
He stood up and the chains that bound his legs fell off. In this moment he realised Jesus was with him and this made him a giant. He went off, entering the gate called Beautiful, walking and leaping and praising God!
I have realised too many times I have refused to enter ‘Beautiful’, believing myself to be unworthy, not seeing clearly who I am or rather who He who lives in me is.
Jesus says to His people in the Isaiah scrolls to stand up and shake off the dust. Chains become dust in the presence of the Lord. He doesn’t say to ‘break’ the chains off, rather just to shake off the hindrances and chains. This is because the enemy was defeated at Calvary and your entrance into the Beautiful gate has been made possible only by the blood of Jesus. You don’t have to sit begging at the other side of the Beautiful gate anymore.
So wake up and declare your victory. Speak to your mountain. Speak to the chains. Jesus has won the victory but He wants you to wake up, step up and take back what is your’s.
“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.
For this is what the Lord says:
“You were sold for nothing,
and without money you will be redeemed.” (Is 52:1-2)
“Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses. (Joshua 1:3)
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