HE SETS THE CAPTIVE FREE
DATE: SATURDAY27TH OCTOBER 2018
THEME: HE SETS THE CAPTIVE FREE
Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. Psalm 91:3
READ: Isaiah 49:24-26
24 Shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?
25 But thus saith the LORD, Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible shall be delivered: for I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.
26 And I will feed them that oppress thee with their own flesh; and they shall be drunken with their own blood, as with sweet wine: and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
The reason why some children of God miss their day of visitation is that they don’t take prophetic utterances from God seriously, whether written or spoken. For this reason, I encourage you to see the words of our devotional today as prophetic, coming to you from your Maker who can never lie. By the word of the Lord, I proclaim to you that this is the day of your freedom. It shall be unto you as it is written in Psalm 91:3, which says:
“Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.”
In today’s Bible reading, the Lord as the Almighty specifically declares His ability to set the captives free, including lawful captives. Beloved, the meaning of this scripture is that those who willingly got themselves into bondage and are tired of saying there are candidates for God’s deliverance. Some people think that once someone willingly enters into witchcraft, the occult, secret societies, and the like, he or she can never be free again, but going by what the Lord declares in Isaiah 49:24, this is not true.
The last verse of today’s Bible reading contains the key to experiencing the divine intervention that the Lord declares in the preceding verse, and this is where there could be a challenge. It reads in part:
“…..and all flesh shall know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.”
What constitutes the challenge in this verse? The promise to deliver is only for those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior and Redeemer. I once ministered deliverance to a traditional title holder in Nigeria, and it got to the point where he needed to accept Jesus as His Savior. Amazingly, he refused. All he wanted was God’s benefit of deliverance without submitting to His Lordship. Unfortunately, he died while still in the valley of indecision about accepting the Lord.
So, the choice is yours today. Isaiah 1:19 says:
“If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:”
If you willingly submit to the Lordship of Jesus Christ over your life, He will not only set you free, He will also ensure that your freedom is permanent by destroying all your oppressors, as He did to the Egyptians in the Red Sea (Exodus 14:26-28). The Lord of Host be praised! Amen.
Father, with thanksgiving in my heart, I receive Your promised deliverance and freedom today, in Jesus’ Name.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: Jeremiah 25-26
AUTHOR: PASTOR E. A. ADEBOYE
HYMN 18: CONQUEROR AND OVERCOMERS NOW ARE WE
1. Conquerors and overcomers now are we,
Thro' the precious blood of Christ we've victory
If the Lord be for us we can never fail,
Nothing 'gainst His mighty power can e'er prevail.
Conquerors are we, thr'o the blood of Jesus
God will give us victory, thro' the blood of Jesus
Through the Lamb for sinners slain,
Yet who lives and reigns again,
More than conquerors are we,
More than conquerors are we.
2. In the name of Israel's God we'll onward press,
Overcoming sin and all unrighteousness;
Not to us but unto Him the praise shall be,
For salvation and for blood bought victory.
3. Unto Him that overcometh shall be given,
Here to eat of hidden manna sent from Heaven,
Over yonder He the victors palm shall bear,
And a robe of white, and golden crown shall wear.