Deliverance to the Captives By Rev Eastwood Anaba
THE WORD SIROCCO
Friday, April 26, 2019
Topic: Deliverance to the Captives
Psalm 126:1-4; Luke 4:1-19
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.
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