Topic: Born Into Captivity? [Monday 26, June 2017]
Read: Exodus 1:8-12 (KJV)
10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it
come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto
our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.
11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with
their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and
12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.
Bible in One Year: Judges 21, Ruth 1, Jeremiah 52:24-34, Hymn: Sing hymn 4
While some people fall into captivity through traps set by the tempter, some others, like Joseph, are sold into slavery (Genesis 37:23-28). In
some parts of Africa, when a child is born, both parents of that child
or either one of them enter into a covenant involving that child and
some deity or spirit-wife or husband. Such a child later grows up to
find that he or she has been sold into slavery. There are many childless
couples who go to some deities for help, because they can no longer
wait on God to give them good children. This opens the door to satanic
offspring in their lives. Later in life, such demonic children will
become devourers of their resources and peace. May you never be so
frustrated as to go to the devil for help! Satan’s ”help” is to steal,
kill and destroy (John 10:10).
Moreover, in today’s Bible reading, we understand that some people enter
into slavery right from birth. When a pharaoh that did not know Joseph
arose in Egypt and enacted new laws that made the Israelites slaves,
every child that was born to them from that moment was born into
slavery. In whatever way you have found yourself in captivity, whether
by choice, design or by birth, there is deliverance for you today. The
Great Deliverer is able and willing to deliver you. 1 John 3:8
says Jesus Christ was manifested in order to destroy the works of the
devil. Captivity is the work of the devil, and he seeks to control and
ruin lives by it. The predator runs the lives of his captives. When he
wants, he whips them, pushes them into difficulties and mocks them while
they struggle. He dictates what they become and where they will end.
The fellow in captivity has virtually lost control over his or her life.
You cannot be a captive and at the same time be free to serve God the
way you want. One of the reasons why Jesus Christ came into this world
was to make us free to serve God. Contained in the prophecy of Zacharias
about the Lord Jesus Christ is this statement about His mission, in Luke 1:74-75:
”74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, 75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.”
This is why you have to arise in anger today and rebel against any form
of captivity you have found yourself in, and ask Jesus Christ to deliver
you now. You shall be free today!
Prayer Point: In any way I and members of my family have found ourselves in captivity, we rebel and break away from it today!
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