The chains are broken

It was a funny thing that on the last two mornings of my employment I had to use a set of bolt-cutters to cut through a metal chain and also a padlock. My employer keeps a ‘Forklift’ or ‘fork truck’ locked up in a small enclosure behind a local business so we can use it to unload B Doubles at the local supermarket. Those B-Doubles arrive at 4am so I had to be there early to get the Forklift out and found that the key for the padlock was missing. I did not want to phone anyone at 3:30am so rushed home and got my bolt-cutters and returned cutting one padlock and also a chain.

The next day, my last day employed and also my 60th birthday I had to do the same thing again as my employer did not get another lock for the gate meaning that the shopkeeper re-chained the gate with the other padlock.

I kept the link of chain which I cut through that morning as a momento for that was my last day at work.

I started that job in April 2016(aged 54). In my first week I crushed the last part of my wedding finger with the trolley jack mainly because of impatience. My finger required 7 stitches and further care until fully healed. Another time I slipped out of the side of the truck and gashed my arm on some old door seal that had become hardened –another 7 stitches required at the hospital!

Long hours and small pay working hard in that job was very trying upon my soul…and body!! Many times a week I would want to quit the job but I realised that I was getting older and what other jobs were available to me in the area except similar hard labour type jobs.

In 2017 I had to have mitral valve surgery which was a shock to me as I had always been fit and healthy even running in a marathon and many shorter events. The Doctor said I had probably been born with the heart murmur condition, but that the heart wall had thickened to compensate for the loss of blood flow and was at the point of giving up. The surgical Cardiologist Assoc. Prof. Jurgen Passage, a German born surgeon in Perth assured me that if I did not have the surgery I would be dead in two years.

I had been thinking that I would be okay or that God would heal me. When I asked God what to do I heard Him say to have it done. That disappointed me no end! Why could not God heal me? I was angry about that actually. I had three months off work to recover then once again went back into the hard labour job.

In the last few months when it became obvious that the Government mandates were going to force a decision on everyone my boss asked me point blank if what I had said all along was what I was still going to do. I had said to them in September 2019 BEFORE the covid-19 pandemic began

“that if vaccines ever become mandatory for me to work here then I will not be working here”.

I did not know why I said that–it just came out one day as I walked through the office.

I have worked hard all my life since childhood paying taxes as a 10 year old because I was working in my dad’s store in Portsea. Builders labourer, Brickies labourer, Waiter, dishwasher, prawn fisherman, Fisheries Inspector, railway worker, cleaner, forklift driver, Termite mesh installer, roadtrain driver and yardie in a transport company…and many other things too!!

My boss asked me what am I going to do? He admitted that he was being selfish about it and needed me to stay…He said

I do not want to let you go!!

He repeated that over the next week or so…and it sunk in that it was like Pharaoh saying the same thing regarding letting the slave Iraeli’s go to worship their God. I wrote about it here… and then I wrote Be made free focusing on Paul’s words in Corinthians about being made free if you can be.

2017 in Sir Charles Gardiner Hos

December 4th ’21 was my last day in the transport job and I cut the chain twice. My Government says I can no longer work unless I am double jabbed with something that does not even work. I have had most all other vaccinations in my life including Hepatitus A,B and C and also the Yellow fever vaccine but since reading ……

God had been speaking to me about new beginnings and light shining out of darkness for weeks prior to this and confirmed that I should finish up on the 4th. I do not know what to expect being naturally pessimistic yet have to trust in a Father who knows the way I take.

PSALM 107 speaks to me

10 Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
Bound in affliction and irons—
11 Because they rebelled against the words of God,
And despised the counsel of the Most High,
12 Therefore He brought down their heart with labor;
They fell down, and there was none to help.
13 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He saved them out of their distresses.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
And broke their chains in pieces.
15 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lordfor His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
16 For He has broken the gates of bronze,
And cut the bars of iron in two.

Some time back God showed me (2016) I am from the tribe of Naphtali which is Isaiah 9. It is about ‘a people who sat in darkness have seen a great light’ and was fulfilled when Jesus moved from Nazareth to Kefer-Nahum(Capernaum). A people sitting in darkness in hard labour who have rebelled against His word and disdained His counsel. I feel that way about myself and can easily see how God has put me in the stocks these last 6 years.

But on the 4th I cut the chains on those gates of bronze and went free from that master to serve fully the true and faithful Master.

We shall see what He has in store for us.

I have no idea!!

It looks all bad to my eyes–like the Red Sea in front and Pharaoh’s army behind….and yet I repeat what Father spoke tome/through me in a post the other day

So be not alarmed and be not anxious about it My child for the days of your captivity are ended and the days of your release have come upon you…for the proud and the boastful have met their day and you shall rise and they shall fall–for have I not said that you shall walk with Me on your high places. I delight to do this, I delight to lift up the needy and to carry them upon My shoulder’s for you are even My sons and daughters I love you as My very own Son…so again I say to you–be not afraid!! Trust in Me and what I have said and do not doubt it. The river is wide and looks hard to cross but it is when you put your feet into it that it stops flowing from upstream. So I will lead you and you shall triumph for My faith shall carry you and you will see it.

Amen and amen…may the Lord strengthen us and all my brethren who are faced with the same situation!!

In that prophetic word above God makes mention of carrying us on His shoulders…of course this is from Deuteronomy in recounting how they rebelled and failed to enter the promised land the first time….Even though God carried them…

26 Nevertheless you would not go up, but rebelled against the command of the Lord your God; 27-28 and you complained in your tents, …….”The people are greater and taller than we; the cities are great and fortified up to heaven; moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakim there.” ’
29 “Then I said to you, ‘Do not be terrified, or afraid of them. 30 The Lord your God, who goes before you, He will fight for you, according to all He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, 31 and in the wilderness where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went until you came to this place.’ 32 Yet, for all that, you did not believe the Lord your God, 33 who went in the way before you to search out a place for you to pitch your tents, to show you the way you should go, in the fire by night and in the cloud by day.

And to go with the above

Deut 8:2 And you shall remember that the Lord your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. 3 So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord. 4 Your garments did not wear out on you, nor did your foot swell these forty years. 5 You should know in your heart that as a man chastens his son, so the Lord your God chastens you.

Surely the Lord does chasten us!! But that He carries us all the way is also true. We must step into the water and see the river and the sea part for us. God gives us a second chance. He is determined that we enter and possess the Land–more than we are. He will be glorified.

UPDATE TO THIS!! 0945 HRS WST 10 Dec 2021

The Lord is still having me ponder the meaning of this new beginning and freedom He has brought us into. My thoughts went to the ship the Espérance again which was so involved with the area of coast I visit regularly south from here.

It turns out there is more important revelation regarding this ship’s message to us all. Not only was she commissioned to go looking for the lost Captain Laperouse and her name means hope and expectation, promise and hope against all hope…..but the name first given to this ship was DURANCE.

Durance means:

Noun
The state of being confined in prison
incarceration
imprisonment
confinement
detention
captivity
internment
custody
The Durance speaks of being a prisoner confined in prison – no doubt she was a prisoner ship in her first incarnation…..then she became a vessel of Hope and deliverance and expectation of help.
This speaks to me personally and I believe for us all at this time. So I repeat the psalm 107 quote above…

PSALM 107 speaks to me

10 Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
Bound in affliction and irons—
11 Because they rebelled against the words of God,
And despised the counsel of the Most High,
12 Therefore He brought down their heart with labor;
They fell down, and there was none to help.
13 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He saved them out of their distresses.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
And broke their chains in pieces.
15 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lordfor His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
16 For He has broken the gates of bronze,
And cut the bars of iron in two.

Dennis

Called to establish the new heavens and to say to the earth The Lord Jesus reigns!! Called to encourage and strengthen the body of Christ and to win those lost ones He puts in my path. Wherever He sends I will go!

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