chain gang

Chain gangs, hard punishment for crimes committed. The breaking up rocks, digging ditches, whatever menial, hard labor needed done, that’s what they did, still do in some places. I lived in North Carolina for a few years and it was not rare to see prison chain gangs cutting weeds along the roads. Other states have them too. But, I was thinking of a different kind of bondage, not the same, but in some ways, sure is similar.

And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour. Exodus 1:14

Yeah, I have made my own life bitter. I have found myself in bondage. Either from getting grounded and given extra chores when younger and doing something to get in trouble with my parents; when I obligated myself by accepting a job that involved hard labor, required to work hard to get paid; buying something on credit, a car or house; using credit cards to pay for things which I often did not need; accepting a loan or gift from someone that, even if told no obligation there was some sort of implied condition for that or countless other ways. Jobs or getting an education can be a type of bondage, physically or mentally demanding, many hours spent dealing with work, studies, whatever was required. Some of these have some reward, but is the reward worth the cost? Worse is if the obligation comes with other costs. The bondage into which we find ourselves may create a situation where we sin, against God and ourselves. Placing us in a position where we thought we were gaining something but find ourselves trapped and essentially imprisoned. A nice house, a nice car, yes great to have but when we get to the point that we can’t enjoy those things, or our lives, because of the obligation or bondage we placed ourselves in, becomes more difficult because of the daily need to toil to pay those debts.

For ye suffer, if a man bring you into bondage, if a man devour you, if a man take of you, if a man exalt himself, if a man smite you on the face. 2 Corinthians 11:20

Yeah, we suffer, we allow others to bring us into bondage, sometimes we go of our own accord, then we find the sacrifice and sorrow is more than we expected. We fail to look at all the factors.

And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage: Galatians 2:4

We also place ourselves in bondage, we listen to others that watch and see how they can somehow place us in a position of obligation, look at all the credit companies advertising on TV. Obligate us in a way that we allow ourselves to lose what we should have with God. Bondage can be a tricky thing. Not all chains are heavy, iron chains. But, sometimes the less notable bonds are more restrictive and come with greater sacrifice than the chains.

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage. Galatians 5:1

While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption: for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage.             2 Peter 2:19

I have sinned, and created bondage for myself. No, not prison but sort of one. Not a physical jail with walls, fences, barbed wire and guards. But a mental and spiritual prison. I have done things that placed me in bondage, trapped me spiritually. THIS type of prison can be the worst of all. This bondage can be, and usually is, the most devastating. One of our own making. The greatest part of this kind of bondage is that, just as God brought Israel out of bondage, He will do that for us. Christ paid our debts, He bought our freedom. It is as simple as confessing to Him we have sinned and asking forgiveness. DONE, He is faithful and true in that.

The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. John 10:10

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. John 5:24

Now, serving Christ has bondage, but it is a blessed bondage. We strive to be like Him, we put ourselves second, third, fourth in our priorities and Jesus first. Yeah, we have to worship God. But, that type of bondage gives far, far more rewards than other kinds. The labor required, rather than making us tired and exhausted actually refreshes us, strengthens us. Now, that sure seems different than the bondage of the world.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.               Matthew 11:29-30

Yes, bondage to Christ, but with a burden that is easy to bear, not just easy, but rewarding, not the kind of bondage most would think of, but I will say that it is easy to fulfil and makes me happier. THAT is a bond I will accept at any time.

Lord, I praise you for showing me how I have trapped myself, spiritually and in other ways. How through my actions I have been imprisoned and placed into bondage. I thank you Jesus for breaking those bonds, lifting my heavy yoke and giving me a lighter burden that glorifies you and improves me. God, I pray you remind me of the cost to my soul for the bondage I found myself in and thank you Jesus for taking me out of the spiritual prison. Lord, I pray you continue to work on me, help me see my life more clearly, see your plan for me, help me understand the way you wish to use me. I ask you to continue to bless and protect my loved ones, draw them to you. Help them avoid bondage to the world and rather to seek the joyful bondage to Jesus.

 

Thank you again for allowing me to think on things, share my thoughts on how different lessons from God can improve my life and my walk with Him. This blog has helped me grow in Christ. I hope there is someone out there that will benefit from it as well. To find one little bit of information that helps them in whatever situation they are in at the time. Helps draw them closer to Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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