Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, November 21st, 2019
Chain Of Command: The Chain Breaker
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed.
Luke 4:18 (NKJV)
Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
2 Corinthians 3:17 (NKJV)
The chain maker is Satan. The Chain Breaker is Jesus.

He came to Earth in the fullness of time to establish a New Covenant: to break the old chains of command; to set the captives free. 'Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new' (2 Corinthians 5:17, NKJV). That is to say, us.

Basically, Jesus came in disguise and enlisted disciples. Simultaneously, He went to work and He went to war. His work included teaching His followers a new way of life: a life free from oppression. His war started with skirmishes: taking ground from the enemy person-by-person... by casting out demons and healing.

He won the war at the Cross. 'When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts to men' (Ephesians 4:8, NKJV).

Satan is now 'captive' to Jesus. And us? As His followers, we've been free from the dominion from darkness:

'But thanks be to God, Who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place' (2 Corinthians 2:12, NASB).

At the same time, we've become captive to His Cross by choice. In godly irony, serving the King of kings makes us free. 'Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage' (Galatians 5:1).

If we are voluntary followers, servants and captives to Christ, what do our new chains look like?

First consider the old one: a heavy chain that bound us to Satan. It was invisible, but we knew it was there by the weight we carried. The desires that tied us to destruction seemed overwhelmingly powerful, and the evidence of a destroyed life was clearly visible: it was despair.

Now consider the new one: an unbreakable chain that binds us to God. It is invisible, but we know It is there by the strength we carry. The desire that ties us to God is overwhelmingly powerful, and the evidence of a vibrant life is clearly visible: it is joy.

## Chain Of Command: The Chain Breaker (Part 13)

NOTE: This series is a republished edit of a 2013 devotion series called, 'The Chain Of Command.' You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you're not a performer, don't be deterred. In truth, every disciple acts for Christ, models Christ and stewards His talents.

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Chain Of Command series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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