“Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the child that you have stolen, for my will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom is as great… For my will is as strong as yours. My kingdom is great…”
Sarah (The Labyrinth, 1986 film by Jim Henson and George Lucas)
My mum took me to watch the Labyrinth movie when I was about 10 years old. I loved it so much, it is one of my fondest memories. I watched as Sarah struggled to remember her lines from a script she had been studying. She had been practicing in the opening scene, but now she found herself at the very end of her mission: to save her baby brother from being turned into a goblin.
She had to fight her way through the Labyrinth. Overcoming challenge after challenge as the king of the goblins kept changing the rules. The journey wasn’t fair or easy, and it took a lot of courage, wisdom and help from some colourful friends to get to the castle; where the baby was being guarded by the goblin king himself.
As Sarah approached her opponent, she started speaking the lines that she had been practicing, but she couldn’t remember the last line! Suddenly, it dawned on her and she exclaimed the line that would end the fight and put things right:
“You have no power over me!”
(You can watch the clip here).
Fast forward about twenty years later. OK, maybe add a few more years. I have started on my journey through the labyrinth of life. Knowing that things aren’t where they should be, but understanding that the journey is well underway and God will help me set things right. At this point I had very little understanding, but I knew one thing. I have the Script of all scripts at my disposal. Words that would put the enemy to flight.
One morning, I reached out to my little blue box of “Daily Bread” verses. I picked this one:
“For sin shall not [any longer] exert dominion over you, since now you are not under Law [as slaves], but under grace [as subjects of God’s favor and mercy].”
Romans 6:14 (AMPC)
This became the line that I would say day in and day out: “Sin will not rule over me, I am not under the law, but under grace!” That is the only scripture I learned or declared that year. I don’t think I even fully understood it. But I said it anyway.
Trapped in a labyrinth of disordered eating and depression, and complete unable to get free from it, supernatural help was called for. Years of trying to fight my way out of it, just resulted in me getting more lost and frustrated. Gluttony felt like a scary monster who kept running me into corners. There was no way out.
The Holy Spirit lead me to the centre of the labyrinth, the place where the core issues of the heart needed to be dealt with. And I stood face to face with the monster, it was time to remember my line: “You have no power over me!”
Sin is not ruling anymore!
This was a truth I was never taught how to embrace. There was a new nature in me, one that was perfect and free. One that didn’t need to struggle with sin. The power that sin had over me, ruling my thoughts, actions and emotions, was just an illusion.
Jesus destroyed the power of sin on the cross. We died with him and we were also resurrected with him. We are literally dead to sin (Romans 6:11). But I had to learn the line in the Script, and then I needed to confront the Liar with the Truth.
Grace is in charge.
There is a new ruler on the seat of my heart: Grace. But it is still my duty to make myself a subject to it. I love how the Amplified Classic translation states that we are “subjects of God’s favour and mercy”. Something powerful happens when we make ourselves subjects of grace.
One of the insights that transformed my life was the understanding that grace is not just a pardon when I give in to sin. Grace gives me the wisdom and power to overcome sin. It empowers me to stop sin from ruling over me! The only way out of the labyrinth is to daily make myself subject to God’s grace and mercy.
Remember your lines!
To be honest, this is a truth I am currently re-learning. I am coming out of a season where the enemy has been pulling the wool over my eyes. Convincing me that he is indeed the one who calls the shots. As I was praying today, I saw this image of Sarah in the Labyrinth and I could hear the Spirit whisper: “don’t forget your lines!”
The only way out is by declaring the Truth: Sin no longer has any power over me! I am a subject of God’s grace and mercy. I choose to be ruled by Grace.
I pray that today, and every day, we will remember to yield to the powerful grace, favour and mercy of God. Holy Spirit, help us to remember our lines. In our moments of weakness, may we not believe the lie that we are not strong enough to overcome. May we remember that we have died to sin, and we were made alive in Christ. The greatest Overcomer of them all.
In Jesus Name!
Today, I hear the Father’s loving encouragement: “Highly Favoured One, you carry the same power that raised Jesus from the dead inside of you. Power that overcame the world is on the inside of you. My Word is dwelling in you richly, and it is alive and active. It never returns void. Miracle working power, that destroys the lies of the enemy, is released when you speak the Truth. Remember your lines! And say them! You are free.” ❤