Captives Set Free

It hasn’t always been this way
I remember brighter days
Before the dark ones came
Stole my mind
Wrapped my soul in chains
Now I live among the dead
Fighting voices in my head
Hoping someone hears me crying in the night
And carries me away
Set me free of the chains holding me
Is anybody out there hearing me?
Set me free
Morning breaks another day
Finds me crying in the rain
All alone with my demons I am
Who is this man that comes my way?
The dark ones shriek
They scream his name
Is this the one they say will set the captives free?
Jesus, rescue me
And as the god man passes by
He looks straight through my eyes
And darkness cannot hide
Do you want to be free?
Lift your chains
I hold the key
All power on heaven and earth belong to me
You are free
We are free
Jesus set us free

Written by Bernie Herms and Mark Hall,  Casting Crowns

 

There are many types of captivity. 

The dictionary says: the state or period of being held, imprisoned, enslaved, or confined. 

However, it does not say specifically, being held, imprisoned, enslaved, or confined by ‘what’.

 

Sometimes we make our own prisons or enslave ourselves to the way we live.  We could be addicted to drugs, alcohol, food.  If you are enslaved to any of those things, haven’t you wanted to be free of them, be healthy and strong, be happy and content?

 

We’ve read and heard on the news about people being held captive in various countries around the world, by a government who take away privileges and rights of its people, to live democratically, such as countries like Cuba or Venezuela.

American Pastor Andrew Brunsen, held in Turkey, 2yrs thus far.

Canadian Reverend Hyeon Soo Lim, held in N. Korea, for over 2 -1/2 yrs. Now released.

Or countries such as Turkey or N. Korea, who imprison people of religion such as pastors, declaring they are political activists against the country, when in fact they are deliverers of Gods Word, to the oppressed people, with a message of the hope that is God’s love for them, setting them free through Jesus.

At the time I was writing this post Pastor Brunsen was still in captivity.  But Praise the Lord, Pastor Brunsen has now been released and is back home [as of Oct 12/18].  Pastor Brunsen’s faith did not waiver, nor that of the many Christians who prayed for his release.  God was faithful to a pastor who was faithful to Him and now he is free to continue in God’s work.  As is Reverend Lim.

 

Jesus met a man in Gadarenes, just opposite Galilee.  He wore no clothes, and he didn’t live in a house, but in tombs.  When the man saw Jesus he fell down before Him and the demons that were in him cried out “What do I have to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?  I beg You do not torment me!”  The demons had kept this man bound up with chains and shackles for a very long time.  Jesus commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man.  This man’s name was Legion which meant that he had, not just one demon, but many.

So, seeing that there was a herd of swine near by, Jesus demanded that all of the demons leave the man and He cast them into the swine.  The demons entering the swine, made them crazy and they ran into a lake and drown.  [Read the story for yourselves.  Luke 8:26-39]

 

The good news about this, is that Jesus freed this man of the demons.  The man may have had different demons than you or I might have, but nevertheless we know that Jesus can, if we only ask Him, free us from any problem that might be holding us captive from living to our full potential. 

If we only ask Him to free us from our addictions, you will be surprised at how fast they flee from us.

And when we stay faithful to God’s Word and Jesus’ promise to us, that He will never leave or forsake us, well the sky’s the limit and the chains fall off and there is a lilt to our stepWhat a load off!

When we meet Jesus, and have a relationship with him,

we are healed and set free of the chains that kept us captive.

Even though this song is about a demon-possessed man calling out to Jesus for help, I think a lot of Christians can identify with the piercing lyrics of this song. Though they might not be possessed, Christians still battle the demons of darkness, sometimes every day. 

Thankfully, for us, we have Jesus whose light can overcome the darkness.  The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:5   Demons like the dark, and when the light touches the darkness people love, they reject it.  When we, as Christians, share the light that is Jesus in us, be prepared for rejection of that light in this dark world.  Satan is never far from where the gospel is being received and likes to stir up chaos.  But don’t stop, because somewhere, at some point in time. someone is going to see that light in you and say “I want some of what you have.”

 

“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed.  The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”  James 5:16.   One purpose of confessing or spilling it all out, is to isolate the offence, the demon, or whatever is holding you in bondage, recognize it as sin, and call it what it is.  Because until the sin is confessed, it cannot be forgiven.

When you earnestly come to Jesus and ask Him into your heart and when you ask Him to take away your sins and the chains that hold you in the darkness that surrounds you, He will be there.  Then, when you call out to the demons in you and ask “Which one of you is going to condemn me?”  There will be no answer.

 

What is holding you captive?

What are you chained to?

Leave it with the Lord. 

Let Him break the barriers and set you free!

 

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation;
old things have passed away;
behold, all things have become new.”
2 Corinthians 5:17