Scripture Reading—Psalm 68:18
“Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive, thou hast received gifts for men; yea, for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them.” (Psalm 68:18)
I have bound the “strong man” in your life, even the one who would bind you and make your life a life of bondage (Matthew 12:29). I came to proclaim liberty to the captives and to open the prison of them that are bound (Isaiah 61:1, Luke 4:18). There is no prison so secure that I cannot fetch My captive from thence and use that same captive to set other captives free.
The alcoholic, who formerly was a prisoner of drink, preaches the Gospel that sets other captives free from the demon spirit that accompanies hard drinking.
The former abuser of drugs goes into prisons and sets the captives bound by drugs free from drugs.
He who once was captive delivers the captive. But greatest of all is that he who once was the captive one, now binds the same demonic spirits (that once captured him) in the lives of others who are still captive—all because I rose again.
Yes, when I arose from the dead, I bound the captors.
Through My resurrection I have authority over all demonic activity. I, alone, can set the captive alcoholic, drug user, sodomist, murderer, liar or whatever, free from the demons that control him. I set him so free that he never returns to his sins because those demons that destroyed him are held in captivity by Me even as they once held their victim in captivity.
Not only do I set them free, but I give them gifts and callings and authority to set others, who are held captive in the same way they once were, as free as they are, so that the former alcoholic has a ministry to the alcoholic, the former drug addict to the drug addicts, the former prostitute to the self-righteous for all are sinners bound in different kinds of chains. One is not worse nor better than the other.
What have I delivered you from? Go and heal the brokenhearted, preach deliverance to the captives, recover the sight of the blind, and set at liberty them that are bruised, for this is the day of deliverance, this is the “acceptable year of the Lord.” (Luke 4:18, 19)
Day by Day by Gwen Shaw
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