Setting the Captives Free!
Isaiah 61:1 (Amplified)
"The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed and commissioned me
To bring good news to the humble and afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up [the wounds of] the brokenhearted,
To proclaim release [from confinement and condemnation] to the [physical and spiritual] captives
And freedom to prisoners."
Prisons take many forms. There are the literal locked doors and chains experienced by those caught in the nightmare of sex trafficking and there are the prison cells of those paying the penalty and consequences for wrong choices that broke human laws.
There are also unseen prisons - hidden and silent. These cages run deep and in multi-layered variety. There are prisons of fear, anger, rage, grief, self-loathing, depression, hopelessness and despair. These prisons are not only emotional but spiritual with their roots firmly anchored within memories buried long ago.
The hidden prisons are the ones you are not aware of, except for times when the lies whisper and your mind acknowledges and affirms the lies again; an endless cycle replaying over and over again. There is HOPE and His Name is Jesus.
A week from today, Christmas will be celebrated commemorating the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, who humbled Himself and willingly took on human form with the full knowledge that He was going to lay down His life and restore mankind back into fellowship with God. Imagine gazing into the eyes of that child.
Sister, He see you. He knows you better than you know yourself. The tears you've cried in the dark and in the silence, He bottled for you. The cries of your broken heart have not fallen on deaf ears, He heard you. Jesus always hears you; He is as close as a whispered prayer. He was there with you, through every moment....
"You don't understand, I am too damaged, too broken, too weak. I can't fight anymore." Then let Him fight for you. The battle is His anyway and He has already won.
I do understand! I know what it is to be mocked and called names; to be physically pushed to the ground and kicked black and blue day after day. I know what it is to have peers befriend you and earn your trust, only to turn on you and beat you down with their fists and words a month later while they laugh at you. I know what it is to lose family members and friends to murder, to drugs, to cancer and and accidents. I was as wounded as you are now. I am here as living proof that there is HOPE!
Cling to Him this Christmas season and once the new year kicks off determine that this is your year to find freedom. Ask Holy Spirit to help you. You only have to take one step...just one. God provides a way and places sisters in your life who can help you heal.
I am one of those sisters, and with Jesus and Holy Spirit's help, I invite you to take my hand and walk out of your cage.
Jesus is holding the door wide OPEN!