B R E A K I N G T H E C H A I N S
BHtv's Daily Devotional
It was 9:30 p.m., when I heard, "lights out!"
More of a metaphorical feeling than an actual command, as the room was still heavily lit from the lights in the main room. Besides, who tells a grown man when to turn out the lights, right?
As I sat in the bed and surveyed the area, I exhaled deeply. One stainless steel toilet, no lid; two hanging hooks; two plastic bags for personal belongings; one steel frame bunk bed, each with a hard plastic mat on it, no pillows, all in a 6X10 room, the walls, caked with many years of grime. And the smells: mildew and very old paint, if I am correct.
This is my new reality. I am in prison and everything is about to change…
Breaking the Chains is a devotional journey, documenting the loss of my life, and the gaining of the life I was designed for by my Creator.
Much of what you read and discover within was tempered in the furnace of affliction. It's coming to your doorstep, brother and sister. Everything that can be shaken will, and only what is of Him shall remain.
Do not be dismayed at your fiery trial, for your life is found in it. He, who is Holy, is removing all that opposes Him, eradicating any mindset contrary to His.
This devotional has been created with Hebrews 4:12-13 in mind at all times: "For the word of Yahweh is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart (mind). Nothing in all creation is hidden from Yahweh's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to who we must give an account."
Come with me on this journey, suffer well, break the chains, and find your first love.
Michael David Beiter Jr.
1. Merciful One
Yet he was merciful; He forgave their iniquities and did not destroy them. Time after time, He restrained his anger and did not stir up His full wrath. He remembered that they were but flesh, a passing breeze that does not return. (Psalm 78:38)
It is because of my love for you that I grieve over you. You see, your anger manifests from selfish desire, whereas mine rises in desiring for you. Have I not said all that I have done is good? (Genesis 1:31)
Every time you walk away from my garden of love, my only choice is to watch, as my children walk into pain. My anger is kindled as you walk away from all of the blessings I have for you. Do I raise cursed children?
Oh how you need to long to know me better. My ways, unlike yours, are always directed towards goodness. How many times would you watch a young child slam her head into a wall, after explaining to her why it will only hurt her? What bothers you most about a scenario as this? Of course, it is the pain you see the young girl putting herself through. After a bit, it causes you to stop her, against her will.
Yes my child, this is what burdens me about my children. The constant desire to add pain to the life I have provided for you.
Yes, now you see!
Obedience to me is mandatory, however, only so I can bless you more.
I am Abba Father, and I know better than you.
by Michael David Beiter Jr.