Deliverance to the Captives By Rev Eastwood Anaba

Friday, April 26, 2019

Theme: Purpose

Topic: Deliverance to the Captives

Scripture Reading:
Psalm 126:1-4; Luke 4:1-19

Main Text:
Luke 4:18
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

Jesus  Christ  came  into  the  world  to  destroy  the  works  of  the devil. His purpose included preaching deliverance to the captives.  He  encountered  multitudes  in  captivity,  and  by  His  words  and  actions,  He  gave  them  freedom. The word “deliverance” is the Greek word  aphesis, which means deliverance  in the above scripture reference, forgiveness, liberation, freedom  and  remission.  The  word  “captives”  is  the  Greek  word aichmalōtos,  which  implies  to  be  captured  or  taken.  Captives  are prisoners  of  war.  Preaching the  Gospel brings  forgiveness to sinners. It liberates those held captive by guilt and condemnation. Preaching frees  the  oppressed  from  sickness,  demons,  poverty  and  death.

Captivity  is  a  state  in  which  people  cannot  express  the  life of God in them.  They are unable to exercise God-given gifts. Millions of people around the world are oppressed and depressed. The  Psalmist  described  the  condition  of  Jews  in  captivity.  They sat down and wept.  They could not play their harps, neither could they  sing.  Their  enemies  taunted  and  hounded  them  in  a  strange land (Psalm 137:1-6).  The  chosen  people  of  God  dwelt  in captivity  and  waited  for God’s  deliverance. You may be in a similar situation as the Jews in captivity or God might send you to bring someone out of captivity. It is devastating to  be  in  captivity.  The purpose  of  the  Church  is  to  bring  people out  of  bondage.  Liberation  from  captivity  makes  you  sing  for  joy and  puts laughter  in  your  mouth (Psalm 126:1-4).

Preaching the Gospel is a weapon that destroys the works  of the devil. Preaching nice religious beliefs based on man’s good works but not the finished work of Jesus Christ and grace only entrench sin and death. Jesus Christ came to destroy the works of the devil by turning people’s attention away from themselves to the Gospel He preached to them. Jesus  Christ  preached  the  Gospel  of  deliverance.  He  preached and  taught  the  Word  of  God  with  the aim  of  setting the  captives free. Many  preachers  and  teachers  use the  Word  of God  to  bring  people  into  captivity  instead  of  freeing  them.  They misinterpret  the  Scriptures  and  make  life  more  burdensome  for their  hearers  making  God  inaccessible  to  them.

1. Pray for the anointing to deliver those who are held captive by the devil.
2. Pray for the grace to rightly interpret Scripture to liberate the captive.

Extract From:
“For This Purpose” by Eastwood Anaba
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