It seems like everyone has a different idea of what freedom is to them. Freedom to a teenager is getting out of school and their parents’ house. Freedom to a convicted felon is getting out of prison, to a drunk it is getting sober. I have watched disease ridden people slowly suffer and die and when they die people nearby say: Well, no more suffering! I have visited cemeteries and on many headstones you see the letters RIP, Rest In Peace. If they are indeed resting in peace then they are truly free, but RIP doesn’t apply to everyone.
Judges 2:16 The Lord raised up judges, which delivered Israel out of the hand of those who led them into captivity.
In the Old Testament God raised up fifteen judges that fought and led Israel out of bondage. But they never got totally free because in a little while the Lord had to raise up another judge and another judge to get them free again and again. When a man is totally free, the thing that put him in bondage can no longer take him. Israel needed a judge that could get to the root of their problem and get them free once and forever.
Luke 4:18 I am anointed to preach the Gospel to those who lack and to preach deliverance to the captives.
The Apostle Paul referred to Jesus as the righteous Judge, I believe Jesus would be the last Judge of Israel. The Old Testament judges set the captives free and now Jesus would come to set us free once and forever. In the old covenant the priest offered the blood of bulls and goats every year, this was a type of the Blood of God’s Lamb. Now the last sacrifice was about to be offered and the last Judge would lead the captives free. The freedom Jesus would purchase for us was spiritual freedom, so true freedom is in the heart. The priests arrested Jesus and His disciples and put them in prison, but they were never in bondage. You can arrest a man and put him in jail but you cannot take away his conviction.
Mark 6:5 Jesus could do no mighty works there, He laid His hands upon a few sick folks and healed them. And He went about their villages teaching.
Jesus was anointed for miracles but the people were so bound up in their flesh that He could not do what the Father sent Him to do. Their deliverance was contingent on hearing the Word or will of the Father. They would not hear Jesus, they treated Him like just another “Rabbi”, another preacher that enforced the law. The people were in captivity to their pastors, they were taught all the things they shouldn’t do, Jesus went about teaching the anointed, uncompromised Word of God. When the people heard Him, they said they had never heard anything like this before, despite having the words of the prophets.
Mathew 7:29 For He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
Jesus came to set the captives free forever, the scribes were all about keeping people in bondage.
The devil has created satanic reservoirs,
he has robbed from us
because he is a thief.
But the wealth of the sinner is laid up for the just.
God is the transferring agent, He will give His gold and silver to the just.
The sinner will finance his own redemption and God will save his soul.
Matthew 9:37 Jesus said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest, that He will send out laborers into His harvest.”
PRAYING FOR laborers
PRAYING FOR our part: Individually/FOJ Church/Body of Christ in Helena
PRAYING FOR hearts: Our hearts to minister and people’s hearts to receive. We are trees who have been planted, watered and feed by God. We are rooted in His Word and love.
PRAYING FOR divine appointments: 2 Tim 2:19 God knows who are His. Holy Spirit lead appointments!
PRAYING FOR courage: Jeremiah 1:8 Do not be afraid of their faces. (Do not shrink back) Philippians 2:13 For He who calls us is faithful; he will surely do it…. equip us with everything good that we may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight.
PRAYING Hebrews 1:14 Are they not all ministering spirits sent out to serve for the sake of those who are to inherit salvation…