The Shackled

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During my time with the Lord this morning, my thoughts went to plan to go see the movie The Shack. At that point, the word “Shackled” came to me… then more words continued to follow.

The Shackled…
is a word that came to me…
when I spent time with God today…
and “The Shack” is what I planned to see.
For there are many who are “shackled”…
to the traumas in their past…
for they can’t seem to let go…
and wounds continue to last.
For when we become shackled…
to unforgiveness and bitterness…
then its like being imprisoned…
with anger and depression unrelentless.

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For the traumas of our pasts…
are like a huge ball and chain…
and until we give it all to God…
we continue to be shackled to the pain.
Now God knows we’ve been hurt…
and forgiveness is not easy to do…
but it’s a step by step process…
that God wants to help us through.
Now I remember these words…
that God gave me many years ago…
as I struggled to forgive my ex…
but just could not let the pain go.

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For I wanted him to hurt…
the same way he had hurt our family…
but God wanted me to forgive…
and give it all to him in entirety.
And the words that He gave me…
still linger in my heart today…
“He treats you the same way he was treated”
as God revealed the cycle of abuse this way.
For “abusers were once victims”…
broken at the hands of man…
and they learn to do the same…
and too many just don’t understand.

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For the cycle of violence…
begins with those who won’t forgive…
then they want to lash out in anger…
for onto others they want to give.
Now it’s not an excuse…
for we all have a choice to make…
but Only God is the Judge…
and we should not make this mistake.
For He knows our brokenness…
with every obstacle we’ve tackled…
and He wants us to give all to Him…
then from our pasts we will be unshackled.
Unshackled from the pain and bitterness…
that holds us back from moving ahead…
for God has a glorious plan and purpose for all…
if we would just hold onto Him instead.

© Secret Angel and The Abuse Expose’ with Secret Angel, 2017.

Dear Lord, only You see the multitude who remain shackled to the hurt and pain of their pasts. You know the traumatic events that brought brokenness to their hearts and see the wounds that continues to linger. You know their difficulty in forgiving and letting go to move forward. We pray for total deliverance from the darkness that remains on our souls. That Your Light will touch every dark place of pain, doubt, shame, guilt, anger, rejection, and every cause of brokenness. That every heart will turn to You and be healed and restored as You help us to forgive and move forward with You, no longer shackled to the pain of our pasts… in Jesus” Name, we pray. Amen.

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