Breaking Free From Your Cage
Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” John 8:36
How often you break free of your cage
only to sit outside it and ponder its confinement,
rather than soaring away on high
as you were meant to do.
You are treasured and dearly loved;
a valuable prize of great quality;
intended for a true freedom
that your spirit has not yet known.
Life within a cage is a matter of perspective. While some people might see nothing but confinement, restriction and boredom; others see security, comfort and safety in a predictable routine. Aside from physical confinement, our cages come in a variety of disguises: finances, work, addictions, health, relationships, and even religion, just to name a few. We tell ourselves we can break free any time we want - maybe after a certain event or milestone has passed - but many of our prisons are self-imposed lifestyle choices. And sometimes, even when we do break free, we look back later with rose-colored glasses, forgetting the intense pain of those circumstances and remembering only the good times.
We break free of a bad relationship only to find ourselves lonely a few months down the road, missing the perceived security it offered in spite of the discomfort. We catch ourselves thinking, “It wasn’t that bad.” We get out of a wrong career choice only to reminisce about the security of a permanent job and a regular paycheck instead of remembering how hard it was to drag ourselves out of bed every morning to submit to the soul-sucking drudgery of being chained to a job that offered no inspiration, challenge or fulfillment, or even worse, a job that asked us to compromise our beliefs or integrity to yield to the one in charge. The addict can focus on nothing but that momentary rush of pleasure from self-indulgence, blocking out the pain of withdrawal and the continual paranoia of living on the edge. Whether it is breaking the law with illegal drugs, or risking life-threatening consequences from smoking, drinking, gambling, over-eating, extra-marital sex, or other illicit pursuits, these things steal our time, rob us of our feelings of self-worth and self-respect, and leave us exposed and defeated in body, mind and soul.
God wants so much more for you than a life that is “good enough” or “not that bad.” He wants you to live an abundant life, free from shame and regret, and full of love, joy, peace, hope and the fulfillment of all you could want. The good news is there is an answer. His name is Jesus Christ, and the freedom he offers is found in his unconditional love for you. He will give you back your dignity, peace, joy, hope, love beyond anything you can imagine, and will offer you freedom from any kind of cage. No matter what you have done, he will never, never, never condemn you. He only wants to set you free to live the abundant life that God planned and designed you to live. If you don’t believe it, just give Him a try. Test him. The joy and peace of knowing him personally and intimately is worth more than any earthly pleasure you can imagine. All you have to say is, “Jesus, I want to know you as my Savior. Help me see what you want me to see and help me understand how I can have a relationship with you. Show me how I can experience this overwhelming love I keep hearing about. I ask this with an open heart and mind in your name, amen.”
Prayer: Father God, we praise you and thank you for loving us, setting us free, and for making us your children. We ask that you would open our eyes to the things we do that are damaging us and keeping us bound up in cages of our own making. Help us to see you and your truth more clearly so that we can know you intimately, walk with you daily, and experience your overwhelming and abundant love in our lives. Heal us, Lord, in every area where you know it is needed, in the precious and matchless name of Jesus Christ, amen.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”
~ Galatians 5:22-23
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” ~ Romans 8:1-2
"Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light." ~ Matthew 11:29-30
“And [Jesus] was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me…
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” ~ Luke 4:17-20