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“Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the captives of the righteous be delivered? But thus says the Lord: “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible be delivered; for I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children. I will feed those who oppress you with their own flesh, and they shall be drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine. All flesh shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.” Isaiah 49:24-26 (NKJV)
Luke 1:68-75 says, “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, for He has visited and redeemed His people, and has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of His servant David, as He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, who have been since the world began, that we should be saved from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us, to perform the mercy promised to our fathers and to remember His holy covenant, the oath which He swore to our father Abraham: To grant us that we, being delivered from the hand of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before Him all the days of our life.” (NKJV)
It is the will of God that we are free from all forms of incarceration. Many people, all over the world, are in one form of captivity or another; these include political, economic, social and spiritual bondage. Many people are unaware of their situation and some others are simply helpless. The worst set of people in this problem are those who think it is the will of God for their lives. They see it as their spiritual obligation to God; Luke 1:68-75 shows that it is not the will of God.
Luke 13:10-17, says, “Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.” The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite!Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?”And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.” (NKJV)
The Jewish religious leaders were upset when Jesus healed the woman with the spirit of infirmity. They must have used her to challenge people about “spiritual devotion” but Jesus proved them wrong and the scripture says, “The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite!Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?”And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.”
“After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda,having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath. The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.” He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’” John 5:1-11 (NKJV)
Some people, out of their own will, get into captivity; some people are held captives by other men.
“Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Look, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land.” Therefore they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh supply cities, Pithom and Raamses. But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were in dread of the children of Israel. So the Egyptians made the children of Israel serve with rigor. And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage—in mortar, in brick, and in all manner of service in the field. All their service in which they made them serve was with rigor.” Exodus 1:8-14 (NKJV)
The Egyptian took the Israelites captives in a very cunning manner. Some people sell themselves to captivity because of debts, some are war captives and some people even get into captivity because of their jobs. In a cynical way, drugs and alcohol put people into habit captivity. The prey groan in agony, humiliation, pain and shame; they lose the dignity, earning and future. The captor on the other hand brags about his exploits and deceit; he mounts constant pressure and watch whimsically at the agony on the face of his victims.
“But thus says the Lord: “Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible be delivered; for I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children. I will feed those who oppress you with their own flesh, and they shall be drunk with their own blood as with sweet wine. All flesh shall know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.”
God wants you free, if you are under any kind of captivity. He is willing to do it at the highest cost to the captors. That was why Jesus paid the price for your redemption. You can be free from now.
“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,in whom we have redemption through His blood,the forgiveness of sins.” Col.1:13-14 (NKJV)
“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith” Gal.3:13-14 (NKJV)
The scripture says that even the “lawful captive of the mighty shall be delivered”. God can do that too; nobody is hopeless in this matter. It is the will of God that we enjoy freedom. It is not everybody that will like the idea that you should be free but I am not here to serve their purpose or bother with their views. I am a servant of God declaring his counsel to you.
- You need to know the truth
- You must be willing to see that it happens (no violence please)
- You must trust God to perfect that which concerns you.
- You must keep praying until you possess your possession
- Find out the promises of God for your life through the study of the word of God
- You must never expose yourself to the dangers of captivity
- Break and destroy every covenant of the enemy upon your life
- Disconnect yourself from every form of religious captivity. Bondage is not a spiritual virtue. This is a very serious issue and difficult to do. (The captors are going to hotly contest your freedom in every way possible; they will do anything it takes to hold you in their chain)
- Set yourself free from captivity of the mind. This tells you that you cannot be free; that is how you were made (you cannot change); you will die if you dare make a move to be free; you are too old to change; your background will not allow the change (it is in your DNA); there are many things your mind can suggest.
- You must keep confessing your freedom, God wants you free. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jer. 29:11 (NKJV)
We cannot serve God as we should if we are in bondage. Captivity destroys every form of true expression in worship. Psalm 137:1-4 says,
“By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept When we remembered Zion. We hung our harps upon the willows in the midst of it. For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song, and those who plundered us requested mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?” NKJV).
The Captive of the mighty shall be delivered. Be free; it is the will of God for you.
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