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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Beyond the Prisoner's Bars

Posted Friday, September 9, 2011, at 11:50 AM

"The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,

because the LORD has anointed me

to proclaim good news to the poor.

He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim freedom for the captives

and release from darkness for the prisoners..."

(Isaiah 61:1)

Prior to becoming a Christian, we were all a people who were confined within our own prison cell walls. Although we didn't have visible chains and shackles on our hands and feet, our continual sin kept us in bondage. Our flesh was weak and readily subjected to the Enemy's control and evil influence. Sin confined us and kept us in our opponent's custody. There was no escaping from the claws of our adversary.

While in spiritual prison, we were restrained from moving forward into the powerful destiny the Almighty God had for our lives. We were slaves to sin; our mind, body, and soul spiraling out of control.

Sin brings sorrow and opens up opportunities for addictions, crimes, and offenses. When one sins, the verdict they deserve is -- GUILTY. When someone is found guilty due to wrongdoing, they must be sentenced in order to pay for their penalties. In essence, they are to pay compensation to satisfy the one who has been injured, victimized, or wronged. Sin is an offense to God's holiness and deserves a death sentence. However, the Judge of all judges sent His one and only son, Jesus Christ so we may be set free from the sin that entangles us. The grace of God removes and forgives the inequity. We are saved from the punishment we deserve.

Salvation opens up the spiritual prison doors that we may be set free and no longer held captive by evil desires. Jesus came to remove the prisoner's black and white striped suit and replace it with His garment of salvation and righteousness. The good news is that when salvation comes, we are cleansed by the precious blood that Jesus shed on the cross. When we are brought into righteousness, we are brought into a right relationship with God. The man who trusts in Christ becomes "the righteousness of God in Him" (2 Cor5:21). This faith, while exercised, brings the soul into vital union with God in Christ, and inevitably produces righteousness of life, that is, conformity to the will of God.

Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email chollensbe@mac.com .



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