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2 Timothy 2:9 (KJV 1900)

9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds; but the word of God is not bound.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

The comparison that the apostle makes there between his own chains and imprisonment and the freedom that he envisages for the word of God is most impressive.

But as the apostle spent the years bound and chained behind heavy stone walls, or in dungeons cut out of solid rock, he lifted up his heart, and he lifted up his face, and beyond those stone walls and beyond those prison bars, he saw the freedom, the propagation, the sowing, the scattering of the word of God.  It could not be enchained.  It could not be coffined.  It could not be entombed.  It could not be slain or executed or beheaded.  Beyond every wall and bar, beyond every mountain range and sea, even to the isles of the far away oceans, he saw the winged word of the Holy Spirit of God.  “I am in bonds, chained and in prison, but the word of God is not bound.”

It is true that many a times we feel in ourselves, bound by our circumstances and situations, of which we have no control. We may feel “chained or imprisoned” in our world. But these are the times we need to remind ourselves that the word of God and its power cannot be chained. The word of God grew in leaps and bounds in the time of Paul, even though the Roman government thought that by chaining & imprisoning Paul, they could chain the message that he was carrying. The word of God has the power to penetrate every prison doors and break every chain.

The whole world is paying homage to this great man Nelson Mandela, as we all know – watching the news for the last few days. A good part his life, he spent behind prison bars. The human authorities, for a long time thought that they could chain his message/ spirit by confining him behind the prison doors -but they failed miserably. The cause for which he spent his life only gained momentum during those times of prison life. The South African government could not chain his soul. Now what happened later on is part of history. Millions around the globe are celebrating the legacy of this man today.

The freedom that Jesus brought to us 2000 years ago is beyond our comprehension. This is the real freedom -freedom in our soul. Nothing in this world can bind us. It is true that we may be “ WEATHERED IN”- physically, but not in our soul.  Nothing in the world can put out that “fire in us”-the fire of love and commitment to our loving Savior.

So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36

Let us remind ourselves this morning that we have the true freedom through Christ and nothing can hold us down -physical ailments, family situations, finances or any such.

Let us be renewed in our spirits. We are the victors in Christ Jesus who strengthens us. Nothing -absolutely nothing- in this world can bind our spirits, as we subject it to the authority of the Holy Spirit.

May the Lord richly bless each an every one of you,