This morning on the #30daysofprayer call we stood in the gap for jails and prisons. It's so easy to forget those that are out of sight. You know the saying, "out of sight, out of mind" and unless you or someone close has been an inmate, employee or called to serve in a jail or prison you probably don’t think of it. I’ve lead/hosted this call every September since 2015 and jails and prisons has always been a topic to cover. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Hebrews 13:3. The only thing that separates us from them is FREEDOM, or so it seems. They may be physically bound but many are free mentally, emotionally, and or spiritually. But are you? There’s a correctional officer in control of their every move. You may be physically free but bound by mentally, emotionally, or spiritually. My question is, who has control of you? Is it fear, doubt, shame, guilt, food, depression, lack, your past, rape? What is controlling you and hindering you from being completely free to be exactly who you were created to be? Unlike a prisoner in a physical prison, you can be walking around in a mental prison- doing time for something that may never happen, allowing fear to torment and hinder you. You see, until you take 100% responsibility for your actions and life you will be bound by the past. My life changed when I stopped identifying as a victim and realized that I am a victor. I battled with depression, doubt, fear, suicidal thoughts, guilt- you name it! I was locked up- unable to thrive in my purpose because I was so focused on things I couldn’t change. As we prayed today for jails and prisons, I was reminded that so many free people are imprisoned. I compiled a list of 3 keys to unlock your personal jail cell, I’m praying that you be real honest and understand that the word says- who the son sets free is free INDEED, one of the definitions of indeed according to Merriam Webster simply says, in reality. Reality is, YOU ARE FREE!
3 keys to unlock your personal prison and begin to thrive in your purpose: