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Setting captives free (2)

19th Feb, 2023

Setting captives free (2)

"He brought them out of darkness...and broke...their chains." Ps 107:14 NIV

When the Israelites "cried to the Lord...he saved them...He brought them out of darkness...and broke...their chains" (vv. 13-14 NIV).  And He can set you free from whatever is holding you captive today. And not just temporary freedom, but long-term freedom: "If the Son sets you free, you are free through and through" (Jn 8:36 MSG). 

Here are two steps you can take toward freedom: 

(1) Cry out to the Lord. God said, 

"You will...find me when you seek me with all your heart" (Jer 29:13 NIV). Away with dignity and decorum-desperate situations call for desperate measures! Stop trying to handle it alone. If you could save yourself, you wouldn't need a Savior. Give it to God, "casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you" (1Pe 5:7 NKJV). 

(2) Feed your soul spiritually. Freedom is a two-part process.

The first is communion with Jesus. The Israelites fed on the Passover lamb in preparation for leaving slavery. And Jesus, the Lamb of God, declares, "| am the living bread...Whoever eats this bread will live forever" (Jn 6:51 NIV). Sharing your feelings and needs with Him will lighten your burden, relieve your loneliness, and nourish your soul. Jesus came to proclaim "freedom for the set the oppressed free" (Lk 4:18 NIV). 

The second part is meditating on Scripture. Rejecting God's Word caused the Israelites to become slaves: "Because they rebelled against the words of God, and despised the counsel of the Most High...they fell down, and there was none to help" (Ps 107: 11-12 NKJV). To be set free and stay free, feed every day on God's life-giving Word.

And not just temporary freedom, but long-term freedom!

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