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Liberating the Prisoners of War (4 of 8)
Series: This Day We Fight
If God had not meant for us to live lives if freedom and joy, health and wholeness, Jesus would never have said what he said in Luke 4:18-19 as he explained the mission that God had given him.
Luke 4:18-19 - "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
What Jesus did in the cross and resurrection has made freedom - healing - and grace available to every single human being. Jesus IS good news to those who have been robbed to the point of poverty - he has made it possible for those who are prisoners to every kind of stronghold - deception - and distortion to get out of prison - he makes it possible for every person who is blind to the truth about themselves, the world, and the devil's schemes to have their eyes opened - and he makes release from oppression a settled fact.
And yet the cold reality is that we are seeing so little of that in our own lives, our families, our schools and our churches. There is a pervasive spiritual blindness and so many Christians suffer under demonic oppression, addictions of all kinds, and negative, destructive emotions. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 says that we are being made prisoners to all kinds of "imaginations, arguments, and pretensions" that have exalted themselves against the knowledge of God. And so many are in prisons and they don't even know it.
Most tragic of all is the kind of thinking, even in the church, that says, "Well, that's just the way it is and there's not anything we can really do about it." And so many are walking in hopelessness, helplessness and frustration thinking that the only way to live is to just "toughen up" and endure.
And so many are living in the cold reality of Matthew 12:29. Jesus said there: ...
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