O Lord, our God, other masters besides You have ruled over us, but we will acknowledge and mention Your name only. They [the former tyrant masters] are dead, they shall not live and reappear; they are powerless ghosts, they shall not rise and come back. Therefore You have visited and made an end of them and caused every memory of them [every trace of their supremacy] to perish.
~ Isaiah 26:13-14 (Amplified Version)
I don’t know about you, but I have definitely had some “tyrant masters” that have ruled over me. A constant feeling that I didn’t belong. A dominating internal pressure to perform perfectly. A sense of responsibility for everyone and everything.
In the last few years, I have experienced tremendous freedom in these areas as Jesus has exposed lies and immersed me in the truth of who I really am and who He really is for me and within me. These formers masters have been torn down and Jesus alone is invited to the throne in my life now.
Sounds great, right? Yet, when I have a bad day, when I am stressed and anxious, when I feel disconnected or lonely, one of those old culprits is usually involved. I thought those former tyrant masters were gone, so why do I still struggle at times?
I think so much of our journey of freedom in Christ is realizing how free we already are. Those old patterns, old lies, old wounds that seek to keep us imprisoned have been defeated, but they are still trying to haunt us. The enemy knows he has no real authority in our life anymore, but he hangs around like a ghost, trying to intimidate us into thinking that we’re still under his power.
These verses remind us that those former masters are truly defeated. They will not rise and come back. Every trace of their supremacy has been wiped out. They are powerless ghosts.
So what do we do with these powerless ghosts? We reject their intimidation and call them out for what they are: defeated and dead. When those old masters try to haunt us, let us acknowledge and declare the name of our true Master, our Savior and King Jesus. We must continually do the work of rewiring our brains to align with our new reality of freedom.
Today, if you are feeling discouraged by old struggles, hold on to this promise that the things that used to hold you captive are now just powerless ghosts. Spend some time meditating on and declaring the name, power, and character of the God who has set you free and who alone sits on the throne.