Captives Come Home
"Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: "Receive the gift from the captives-from Heldai, Tobijah, and Jedaiah, who have come from Babylon-and go the same day and enter the house of Josiah the son of Zephaniah." NKJV
Whether we realize it or not, we have all been captives at one point or another. In fact, many still are. This doesn't mean that we are prisoners of war or slaves to some regime, but rather we are all born as captives to our own sin.
John 8:34-35: "Jesus answered them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin." NKJV
Being a slave to sin is dangerous because many times those who are in chains do not realize it, and in some cases they even love their captivity. This self-deception leads to a life of pain and heartache - but there is hope. Jesus Christ came into this world to proclaim freedom to those who are captive to sin. As He took His last breath on the cross, the chains of sin that held so many down were rendered powerless. Now, if we would simply come to Jesus seeking His forgiveness and the freedom He offers, He will give us the key to unlock our chains and the power to live an abundant life.
Life Lesson: God desires to free you from your sin and to give you an abundant life.
I know that I have been held captive by my sins. Father, forgive me of all these things and release me from my chains. I believe that Jesus is the key to freedom, and I trust in His payment for my sins on the cross. Fill me with Your Spirit and use me to share the key to freedom with others. In Jesus' name, Amen.