My Chains Are Gone - Psalm 107:10-14

Verse of the Day - Day 235

My Chains Are Gone - Psalm 107:10-14
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Today's Bible Verse:

Psalm 107:10-14
Some sat in darkness and the deepest gloom, prisoners suffering in iron chains, for they had rebelled against the words of God and despised the counsel of the Most High ...Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains.


Today's Inspiring Thought: My Chains Are Gone

Someone wisely said, "The cross we carry is never so heavy as the chains from which we were freed." (Although the source of this quote is unknown, it has been credited to J.A. Lacy as well as printed in the book Armor Bearers by Gerald Watford.)

For many of us, when we think back to our "pre-salvation" days, we remember all too well the terrible weight of sin and shame that held us in bondage, like being fettered to heavy iron chains. Nothing compared to the lightness, the wonderful feeling of buoyancy we experienced the moment we realized our chains were gone, our sins were forgiven, and our consciences were free.

The Amazing Grace of God

For this reason, some of us can't hold back the tears and the flood of relief when we hear the chorus to Chris Tomlin's version of "Amazing Grace:"

My chains are gone
I've been set free
My God, my Savior has ransomed me
And like a flood His mercy reigns
Unending love,
Amazing grace

Not only does God's grace free us from slavery to sin, guilt, and shame, it enables us to live a new, abundant life in Christ:

2 Corinthians 9:8
And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. (ESV)

God's amazing grace is available to us anytime and at all times, for every problem and need we face.

It sets us free to be everything God intended us to be.

John Newton, the reformed English slave trader who wrote the hymn "Amazing Grace," said, "By the grace of God, I am what I am. I am not what I ought to be. How imperfect and deficient I am! I am not what I wish to be. Though I am not what I ought to be, I can truly say that I am not what I once was—a slave to sin and Satan. I can heartily say with Paul: 'By the grace of God I am what I am!' "

Until the day he died, Newton never stopped marveling at God's grace. In a message he gave not long before passing from this life, he is quoted as proclaiming loudly, "My memory is nearly gone, but I remember two things: That I am a great sinner and that Christ is a great Savior!" 

(Sources: Tan, P. L., Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Garland, TX: Bible Communications, Inc.; Osbeck, K. W., Amazing Grace: 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions [Buy on Amazon], Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications.)

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