Saturday, March 8, 2014

Captivity is captured!

I've often heard that the areas we have struggles in will become areas of strength for us, and even areas we can help others to overcome in. This was on my mind one day recently as I woke up thinking about the Scripture in Ephesians 4:8 which says Jesus led captivity captive and gave gifts unto men. He took the captors into captivity. In other words, He made freedom available by putting the captors into jail! This was accomplished after He was resurrected and ascended into Heaven, at which time He gave gifts to His people through the Holy Spirit. The things which have held you captive may very well become an area of gifting you receive causing you to not only have freedom yourself, but to help others come to a place of freedom too!  Like Joseph, whose captivity turned into provision for his family and preservation of the nation of Israel, the thing that has held you in captivity can become a place of strength for you. 

When Jesus died He said it was finished. He had done what He was sent to do. On the cross He committed Himself to the Father to do what was right in His eyes. He went to hell and there He paid the price for our salvation. Once the Father saw enough was enough, He raised Him from the dead, Jesus presented Himself to the Father as the spotless lamb of God and our freedom was acquired! Captivity could not hold Jesus captive and neither will it hold you captive any longer as you receive the freedom He's purchased for you and the Holy Spirit gifting which equips you to help others get free as well!

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