I learned something very interesting this week. I have always wondered how an elephant—the largest and one of the most powerful land animal on earth—can so easily be restrained with only a strong rope. Well, it seems that when the elephant is young, he is tied to a large tree and after weeks of trying to get away by straining and pulling without success, he eventually gives up.
So, when the elephant reaches his full size and strength, he won’t struggle to break free, because as soon as he feels the resistance, he stops. He believes he is held captive and can’t escape.
I won’t go into the history of our races and cultures with this analogy, because that is not what is troubling for me at this time. What is more troubling is how many of us are not experiencing true freedom, simply because we have been conditioned to believe a temporary situation or condition is permanent. We have allowed our past and the enemy to hold us captive. Some of us have been so inured to hardships, abuses and biases that we believe we cannot break free—and that is what the enemy uses to keep us fixed to that “large tree!” It’s a trick to prevent us from living victorious lives! You are empowered to live victoriously. Walk in your victory!
[But] now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to Him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you (Romans 8:1-2). We are free indeed!