Let Nothing Entangle

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

This morning I cut back fern fronds and philodendron vines which surround snake plants, and noticed something that shouldn’t have surprised me, but did.

The dead fronds and vines entangled several of the snake plant leaves, pulling them down to their level, and keeping the snake plant from reaching to the sky. I thought the leaves were strong enough to fight against the things pulling them down, but they weren’t.

As I cut away the dead, I released the living.

While I thought about my plants, I thought about our lives.

Sometimes the fronds and vines of life which used to be alive and thriving shrivel and die. If we aren’t careful, those dying things can entangle us, and pull us down to their level. They can keep us from reaching the sky and our full potential.

The things that entangle can be lies; our lies, or the lies of others. Past hurts and unforgiveness can drag us down. Carrying the burden of slavery to sin keeps us from reaching our potential.

How can we move forward if we’re always looking behind us?

Fortunately, just as I was able to cut away the dead that entangled my plants, Jesus Christ is able to cut away the dead in our lives that entangles and keeps us from reaching our full potential through his power. He is the One who removes the shackles Satan loves to entangle us with.

So, who’s with me? Let’s take those shackles off our feet so we can dance, and praise the Gardener who lovingly snips away the dead to release the living.

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Christ has set us free to live a free life. So take your stand! Never again let anyone put a harness of slavery on you. Galatians 5:1 (MSG)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Shackles of Our Own Making

People through the ages have cried out for a deliverer.

In the 400 years between the Old and New Testament books of the Bible when God was silent, the Israelites waited for their Messiah, the Promised One, to be born. While their forefathers bore the callouses of Egyptian shackles on their ankles, this new generation wore shackles of their own making through their disobedience to God.

Wikimedia Gertrude_Kasebier-Manger WikimediaThough God may have been silent, that did not mean he was absent. When the time was right, God sent his son, Jesus, into the world as the long-awaited Messiah. The one who would deliver all of us from our chains and shackles of the bondage of our sins.

As the ancients shackled themselves. We do also. We tie ourselves to things God did not intend for us to be tied to. We participate in things God does not want us involved in. We hang onto habits he has told us to let go of.

We cry out for a deliverer. We long to be gathered safe beneath the wings of the Protector.

Just as God heard the cries of his people all those years ago, he hears our cries today. Jesus is as real today as he was yesterday and as he will be tomorrow. He is our deliverer. Only he can remove our shackles.

Is there anything you are allowing to keep you in shackles? Lay it down at Jesus’ feet, and be free from the burden of the chains. Let him protect you as a mother hen protects her chicks.

Jerusalem, Jerusalem! You kill the prophets and stone the messengers God has sent you! How many times I wanted to put my arms around all your people, just as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you would not let me!         Matthew 23:37 GNT

I wish you well.

Sandy

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