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As we journey through life, we are often shackled by metaphorical chains that hold us back, tie us down, or slow our progress.

However, we find in God’s abundant love and grace the hope that can free us.

So raise your hands high, liberated to receive the many gifts God has for you.

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Listen

When he saw Jesus, he fell down before him and shouted at the top of his voice, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, do not torment me”— for Jesus had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. (For many times it had seized him; he was kept under guard and bound with chains and shackles, but he would break the bonds and be driven by the demon into the wilds.) Jesus then asked him, “What is your name?” He said, “Legion”; for many demons had entered him. They begged him not to order them to go back into the abyss.

Luke 8:28-31

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Think

The awesome power of God as revealed in Jesus is amazing. The thing about power is that sometimes it can be deceptive and abused and can cause more damage than we can imagine.

However, the power of God is pure and humbling and is ultimately available for our good. Take time off today to look around you and appreciate the power of God. This power is evident everywhere. It is evident in the air we breathe, the stars in the night sky, the radiant rays of the sun, the soft light of the moon, and all the beauty of nature.

In the presence of this wholesome and righteous power, we have no alternative but to bow down and acknowledge that the God we serve is indeed a powerful God. It is in this power that we can find hope of freedom from our chains.

James Blay

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Pray

Lord, I acknowledge your awesome power. Help me to trust that your power is available to free me from whatever binds me. Amen.

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Go

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And all of us, with unveiled faces, seeing the glory of the Lord as though reflected in a mirror, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another; for this comes from the Lord, the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18

James Blay

James Himie Blay is a Liberian and works as servant leadership coordinator at Ricks Institute in Virginia, Liberia. He is a 2012 graduate of Mercer University and a prospective (Fall 2013) student of the McAfee School of Theology. James has worked several summers in different capacities with Passport summer camps.

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