The memories you have are just recordings of things past, not chains to bind you- Mike Dolan
The past does not have to cripple us. Sometimes we carry around emotional crutches. They are not solid to the touch, but they are thoughts in our minds that bind us and keep us from success and progress.
They keep us limping along in life instead of sprinting to the finish line with joy and exhilaration. We hobble along with our hearts grasped tightly to the crutches because they are our excuses for not being happy.
We mistakenly believe the lies people have told us about ourselves and our lack of worth.
When will we realize that we hold the golden key that can release us from the grip of our prison? When will we turn the key and break ourselves free from the chains? The key is truth, the truth of what and who Christ says we are in scripture.
Break the chains of “nobody wants me” by believing the truth of :
I will be a Father to you and you will by my sons and daughters says the Lord Almighty -2 Corinthians 6:18 (NIV)
I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you – John 14:18 (NIV)
Break the chains of “ I was a mistake” by believing the truth of :
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. – Psalm 139: 13-16 (NIV)
Break the chains of “I’ve made too many mistakes and I’m a failure” by believing the truth of:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come, the old has gone, the new is here -2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)
I have spent too many years being concerned about what other people thought about me and over time, I have come to realize that at the end of the day there is only One Person that I need to answer to and as long as I know He is pleased with my ways, then that is all that matters to me.
Most of the lies have been washed away and the chains replaced by a peace that is almost unexplainable to most. The beauty in this, is the knowledge that we all have access to the same peace. We must replace the recordings with truth, because after all, it is the truth that sets us free.