Micah 2:13 is one of my favorite verses. It describes how God rises up to break his people out of their prisons, and leads them home. As I was thinking about it, a line from “The Shawshank Redemption” popped in my head. Morgan Freeman was describing how your view of prison changes the longer you’re there: “These walls are funny. First you hate ’em, then you get used to ’em. Enough time passes, you get so you depend on them. That’s institutionalized.”
The enemy wants to constrain you in fear, rejection, pain, bitterness, and self-pity, long enough for you to become dependent on them as they take over your mind and heart. They become the filters for processing your life, especially in your relationships with God and the people around you.
We’re all looking for some kind of breakthrough in our lives. The problem I’ve seen in myself is when Jesus wants to break me out of my old state, I’m not always willing to follow him through the hole he’s made in the wall. I may be miserable, but I’m comfortable in my misery. I’m not happy about my life, but at least I know all the things I’m unhappy about. I don’t want to go into the unknown.
But there’s just no other way. I think I can manage all this darkness, but I can’t. In fact, I’m sick of darkness. It has to go. No, I have to go. “Get busy living, or get busy dying.” I need breakthrough. I need the Lord of the Breakthrough.
I’m praying for breakthrough for you today. I’m praying you’ll choose to leave your old self behind, and follow him out. I’m praying you’ll see who God wants to be for you right now, and who you’re becoming in him. I’m praying you’ll have an encounter with his love today that sets you free.