Points to Ponder: You can break the chains now

Points to Ponder
You can break the chains now
By Rev. Dennis Whitmore
Weekly Contributing Writer

I have read that circus elephants are trained at a very early age to stay put. The baby elephant is tied to a large stake in the ground. With all of his strength he pulls and tugs at that stake, but it won't budge. After awhile the little guy will give up trying.
When the elephant is full grown he can still be held in his place with a chain tied to a stake.
We all know by simple observation that the huge animal could easily pull that stake out of the ground and be free. But he no longer thinks of even trying it. Why? Because when he was younger, someone showed him that it couldn't be done. And rather than believe in the power of his mature self, the elephant has settled for the belief that his chain has always been stronger than him.
Imagine that. He looks at it, jingles it about, and resigns to its grip. As a young one, he was conditioned to failure. And his conditioning is stronger than his actual condition.
How many of us have resigned to the confines of an early conditioning regimen? Every thought of stepping out, taking a risk at something new, striving to overcome a weakness, or proving the nay sayers wrong, is met with a reminder of how you've failed before.
Just because that's the way it was does not mean that's the way it's always going to be.
When you are walking with the Lord, you gain a new perspective on what was, on what is, and what you can be.
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new" (II Corinthians 5:17).
Maybe no one else around you knows that you are a new person. Maybe for some it's just hard to believe, just yet. But you can know; and it's up to you to live in the power of what you know is true.
Let David's words be your prayer.
"I will worship toward Your holy temple, and praise Your name for your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name. In the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul" (Psalm 138:2-3).

Points to Ponder is a series of occasional articles written by Rev. Dennis Whitmore, Pastor of Hilltop Christian Fellowship, 12624 Trinity Church Drive, Clear Spring, MD (1/4 mile east of Clear Spring on Rt. 40). Listen to Pastor Dennis on WJEJ-1240 AM, Tues and Thurs, at 10:45am and 7:50pm, both days. www.hilltopchristianfellowship.com.