Jonathan McReynolds has a great song called Cycles that sings openly and honestly about the cycles in our lives that trap us. He begins:
Didn’t I conquer this last year?
Tell me what I missed ’cause I fear
That it’s coming back up again
Jonathan talks about the ways the devil uses his schemes to keep us in cycles of unhealth, knowing it holds us back. He even works in a basketball reference, which I love:
The devil wants to extend the game, free throws
And when it ends he wants to make the sequel
‘Cause if he has another chance
He feels like he can take
My joy, my peace, my faith
How often do the cycles in our lives steal our joy, our peace, our faith? And we feel trapped. But Jonathan also offers us timeless truth about how, in the power of Jesus, we can break cycles. It’s not easy and in my experience it doesn’t always happen instantaneously – though I’ve seen that happen too. But listen to the hope!
Ooh, so Lord, help me
Be free from all of my past sins
See, Your love is enough
To make me new
And help me in these cycles
See, there is power in the name of Jesus
To break every cycle, to break every cycle
So if you’re in a cycle you want to break, speak the power of Jesus over them – ask for his help – and keep pressing into his love. God loves you and he desires, as he always has, for his people to be free.
Grace and Peace,