Today In The WORD by: Oommen Philips

Calvary’s captives!
Verse for Today: Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Isaiah 49:8 – Say to the captives, ‘Come out,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’ “ They will feed beside the roads and find pasture on every barren hill”.

Our world is full of people who are captives of their situations, circumstances, people and things. People everywhere are struggling under the tyranny of bondage and craving for a release. They are also in utter darkness and are blind to the spiritual realities that God brings to them. Little do they realize that God is out there to release them from their captivity and make them free! He offers them sight through the heavenly salve that He gives freely. God is the greatest bondage breaker which He does out of His love and compassion towards us. Jesus was under the bondage of Roman Empire and the Jewish religion as He took our bondage on Himself on Golgotha’s cross. He releases us from all bondage through His sacrificial death on the cross. He doesn’t want us to waste our lives and opportunities by living in bondage to the negative emotions that come from the enemy. The world and its master, Satan, come to lock us up and our lives in captivity. He manipulates our situations and circumstances to put us under the bondage of negative emotions. He blinds our eyes with the glittering material world and its attractions of prestige, power, positions, possessions and privileges which will all vanish from our horizon when the storms of life beat against us. The manipulative techniques of the enemy of our souls plunge us into dark alleys as captives of our situations. But God offers us eternal bread in His green pastures as we walk along with Jesus towards our eternal destination. Today Jesus comes to knock at our doors and asks us to open our hearts to receive free deliverance from our captivity and blindness. Today He wants us to enjoy the brightness of His grace, love and joy.

Dear friend, are you a captive of your situations and circumstances? Are people in your life manipulating your emotions and make you to respond to your situations through anger, anxiety, frustration and distress? Are you losing your sight and insight when negative emotions control you to behave through devilish expressions which inflict deep wounds in the hearts of people around you? But today Jesus offers to release and deliver you from your captivity to situations, negative emotions and blinded eyes. You don’t need to be in emotional captivity and spiritual blindness any longer. If you allow Jesus to take full control of your life, He will give you hope in this hopeless world and in your hopeless situations no matter what they are. He will fill you with His Spirit who is the Spirit of patience. He will lead you to respond to your situations in God’s power. He will help you to relate to your situations with patience and peace. He will feed you with His heavenly bread and Living Water to produce positive spiritual energy so that you can respond to your situations through positive emotions like love, peace and patience. When Jesus breaks your bondage, you will be free from negative emotions. Your life will be controlled by confidence, courage and hope as you face tumultuous situations. Your situations might not change, but you will be a changed person to react to your turbulent situation by faith. When you allow Jesus to give you a release and deliver you from negative emotions, you will approach life positively and live victoriously. Submit to the nail-pierced hands of Jesus to enjoy true freedom and live courageously to face your situations with peace, hope and courage which He will pour into your heart to overflowing.

John 8:36 – So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Thought for Today
When the enemy binds us to this world of tyranny, Lord Jesus releases us to enjoy His love, freedom, hope and peace.

Prayer for Today
Dear Lord Jesus: Help me to get deliverance from the negative emotions that hurt and make me Your captive of love to exemplify Your peace, hope, compassion and mercy. Amen!

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