Did you ever imagine the majority of your life would unfold from behind the bars of a cage of low self worth? Nobody does, but unfortunately 80% of Americans suffer from various forms of poor self-esteem. Are you part of the 80%? Do you feel enslaved by inferiority, sin, and failure? Look around you; do you notice the steel door obscuring your viewpoint? Reach out your arms; do they only extend so far because you perch inside a cage content to live in mediocrity? How long will you be comfortable exiled in captivity? It’s time to regain the freedom Christ purchased for you on the cross. Inside you resides the power to bust loose and experience life on the other side of the bars.
In Keys to Unlocking the Cage, Shelley offers insight into transforming a life of bondage to one of victory in Jesus Christ.
You’ve Already Won!
During the American Revolution, John Paul Jones engaged a British warship in fierce battle in the North Sea. Sailing in close, Jones lashed his vessel to the British ship, and fought the battle at point-blank range. During the skirmish the British captain asked Jones if he was ready to surrender. Although his smaller vessel was on fire and sinking, Jones rejected the British demand for surrender, replying, "I have not yet begun to fight!” More than three hours after the bloody battle began, the British captain surrendered, and Jones took command of his warship.
Whew! How exciting! A courageous battle against insurmountable odds creates war heroes. Are you fighting like John Paul Jones? When the enemy straddles your circumstances, demanding surrender, do you cower, or do you thrust out your chest and declare, “I have not yet begun to fight!” As a commander in God’s army, all conquests belong to you because of Jesus, a fact known to Satan. Realize the holy victory results have been hailed before time began; it will sustain you during the skirmishes.
"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
"There are three stages in the work of God: Impossible; Difficult; Done."