December 14, 2018

It's Broken

I have a message from the Lord for you. It’s only two words, but they’re filled with power. I want these two words to sink deep into your spirit: It’s broken!

Throughout His Word, God has a lot to say about His arms, hands, and even fingers. He talks about defending Israel with His strong arms (Is. 52:10). He tells us about His mighty hand that exalts those who serve Him (1 Peter 5:6). And in Luke 11:20, Jesus said Satan was cast out of heaven by the finger of God. God is so powerful that casting the devil out of heaven was like flicking a bug off His lapel with His finger.

God and the devil are not equal in strength. That’s a ludicrous idea. The devil is absolutely no match for the strength and power of God. 

When a marriage appears doomed, the strong arm of God can break the snare. When addiction has someone in a vise-like grip, God can break through. Wherever the enemy can attack, the strong arm of God is more than enough to bring victory.

Here’s what the Lord said in Ezekiel 30:21-22: 

Ezekiel, son of man, I, the Lord, have defeated the king of Egypt! I broke his arm, and no one has wrapped it or put it in a sling, so that it could heal and get strong enough to hold a sword. So tell him that I am now his worst enemy. I will break both his arms—the good one and the broken one! His sword will drop from his hand forever.

God said He broke the arm of the pharaoh in Egypt. The dynasty of pharaohs existed for many generations. This particular pharaoh was the 26th dynasty and was named Apries. You know what the name “Apries” meant? It meant, “possessor of a strong arm.” Apparently, his huge strong arms were his most prominent physical feature.

God wasn’t intimidated. He didn’t say, “Man, Apries has been really working out. Maybe I better step off.” No, God broke the “strong arm” of Apries. He broke it so badly it would never heal and would never pick up a sword again. And when He was done with that, God said He was going to just go ahead and break Apries’ other arm. He wasn’t going to temporarily stop Apries. No, God was going to make Apries unable to fight God’s people forever!

God is going to do the same thing for you. He will break the arms of your enemies. The hold of the enemy’s traps will break. The sword that hurt you, the sword that addicted you, the sword that brought pain and difficulty into your family will never be an issue again. God will break the arms of your enemies forever.

Remember the parable of the strong man guarding his house? (You can find it in Luke 11:21-22.) When a strong man is in control of a house, he arms himself. He guards that house. He’s the boss of everyone living there…until someone stronger comes upon him. 

Some of you have been living in bondage, controlled by a strong enemy. You can’t defeat him on your own. But when someone stronger comes in, the enemy doesn’t stand a chance. 

That “someone stronger” is Jesus Christ. When He comes in, He will break the enemy’s arms. The enemy will drop his sword. When someone stronger steps in, the enemy will leave your business alone, leave your family alone, leave your ministry alone.

We escaped like a bird from a hunter’s trap. The trap is broken, and we are free!
-    Psalm 124:7

Are you ready for your freedom? Are you ready to see the trap of the enemy broken?  Let God break that nasty habit. Let him break the generational curse. Let him break the alcoholism, sexual immorality, poverty, or depression that has controlled you or your family for too long.

God is now and has always been the great champion. He is indomitable, unbreakable, and unconquerable. And God wants to change your life today. Right now, while you’re reading this, if you’re ready to receive freedom for you and your family, raise your hands and declare out loud, “It’s broken!” Give it all to Jesus. You can be free today, and for the rest of your life.