Prisoner or Captive

The more I know God, the more in awe I am at the depth of love and mercy He has for me.  The more I know God, the more trust I can place in him.

The Bible mentions both prisoners and captives.  (Galatians 3:22, Luke 4:18, Isaiah 61:1)  What is the difference in freeing prisoners and setting captives free?  The spiritual answer actually lies in the natural meaning.  A prisoner is generally behind bars because of some wrong act that he or she committed.  A captive is someone being held against his or her will because of a wrong act committed against them by another.  We can often end up spiritually “behind bars” for both of these reasons.  Regardless of how we end up behind bars, it often seems insurmountable to be free.  Both prisoners and captives feel unworthy and/or unable to free themselves.  How true this is!  Only God can set the prisoners and captives free.  In Psalm 40, David proclaims that God drew him up from a horrible pit and set his feet upon a rock.  David was familiar with being both a prisoner and a captive.  David always knew where his help came from in times of trouble.  He understood the heart of his Father.  (Psalm 121)

God loves you so much that He does not want you to live your life as either a captive or a prisoner.  Cry out to Him for deliverance!  He is mighty to save!  Freedom is a walk, a journey filled with wonder and joy.  Your Father in heaven desires you to take this journey with Him into a free life.  After all, He sent His Son to die for you, so you can be free.  Whom the Son sets free is free indeed!  (John 8:36)

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