of us have known since childhood that "Jesus came to save
sinners"--that is, to
our sin and rescue us from its eternal effects. But too few of us
have understood that our salvation is a comprehensive
"deliverance package" for this life as well as the next.
have given You [the Messiah] for a covenant to the people, for a
light to the nations; to open the eyes of the blind, to bring out
the prisoners from the dungeon, and those who sit in darkness from
in the "here and now"
this and similar Scriptures (Isaiah 61:1 and Luke 4:18, for
example) it's clear that God is speaking of our complete well-being
in the "here and now." And it's clear, of course, that He
isn't talking about a literal jailhouse, but about
"prisons" of the body, mind, and spirit.
does a personal prison look like? Basically, it's
anything that cripples our bodies, minds, spirits, or relationships.
The emphasis of this ministry, of course, has been on "illness
prisons"; some of us may be in bondage to diseases that the
doctors say we'll just have to live with for the rest of our lives.
But other prisons and
bondages can be just as dangerous to the Good Life as a physical ailment.
Some of us may be captive to destructive emotions such as grief, sorrow,
hate, resentment, fear, anxiety, or deep-seated anger. Some of us may be
locked up in damaging (and therefore sinful) habits that we canít manage
to break: lying, gossiping, stealing, covetousness, envy, a murderous
dear one, I want you to know that Jesus has paid for your complete
deliverance from any drawback that makes your life less than God intends
it to be.
Until we finally
future Healing Briefs I'll have a lot more to say about how you can
be set free from any prison or bondage you can name. For the moment,
I invite you to join me in this simple prayer:
God, teach us Your Words about getting free from the prisons that
damage our lives.
us how we can get free of our bondages and stay free from them. Help
us to meditate on Your deliverance Scriptures until we finally get
free. In the Name of Jesus our Deliverer, amen.