Scripture: verse 15
[He stripped] the rulers and authorities of their power… triumphing over them by means of the stake
Observation: I grew up with undiagnosed selective mutism, a form of social anxiety where the speech centers of my brain would shut down and I would become mute when I got anxious – especially if I was expected to explain or defend myself. This tended to be a problem, as I’m sure you can imagine.
So when I hear about being slaves to sin and prisoners of darkness, that’s what I think of. The paralyzing fear that made it impossible to think, but was so all-encompassing that I was in college before we realized something was wrong.
And that’s what Yeshua broke. He stripped that anxiety of its authority over me. The fear that I wasn’t good enough and would never measure up is overcome by the truth that I am His now, and He is good enough and He measures up. He’s the only one allowed to judge me now, and He says I’m perfect.
I am free now. I haven’t been mute since God miraculously broke the selective mutism about six months after I got married. I do still have some social anxiety, but it doesn’t imprison me like it used to. Yeshua died to wash away its power.
Application: Seek freedom. The things that bind you have no power anymore.
Prayer: Yeshua, thank you for freeing me. Thank you for making me a daughter instead of a slave. Help me to turn over to you the things that still hold me back. Amen.