Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. (John 14:1)
Today's Morsel: While ministering in Africa, we went on a Safari to see the wild animals. While we were there, we got to see some huge elephants. Some of those creatures are really big when you get up close. While we were in Sri Lanka, we were able to get up close to some elephants and take pictures with them. But what I noticed about some of them was that even though they were so big and humongous, they are held by a small piece of rope and a stake in the ground. Here we have such a huge animal that could easily pull this stake out of the ground, carry a tree with its trunk, but because his mind was shackled while he was young, he doesn't even try to break away. When the elephants are young, the owner ties a rope around their leg and attaches them to a stake. And because they don't have the strength to pull the stake up when they are young, they get it into their minds that they can't do it. Thus, their minds are shackled and they become captives for life. Even as adult elephants, as soon as they starts to move and they feel the rope around their leg, they stop trying.
Many people are like those elephants. Their minds are shackled. They want to be free, but because the enemy of their soul shackled them when they were young and tender, they don't think that they have the strength or power to break free. They begin to worship and praise, but they soon withdraw because they feel as though they can't break free. Jesus said that he had come to set the captives free. You don't have to be shackled to your past. You don't have to be shackled to your hurts. Jesus said, "Whom the Son makes free is free indeed." Do you have a relationship with Jesus? Have you been filled with His Spirit? Then you shouldn't be shackled to anything but Him. He is the only one that you shouldn't want to get away from.
Sing: Just to be close to You! Just to be close to You! Just to be close to You, is my desire!