Jesus Came To Set The Captives Free

In Luke 4:18-19 Jesus was quoting Isaiah 61:1-2. He said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.”

The Amplified defined oppressed as, “…(who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity).” Proverbs 17:22 says, “…a broken spirit dries the bones.” Proverbs 12:25 says, “Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression…” Proverbs 15:13 says, “…by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.”

Do you hear the cries of buried emotional pain in those verses? I do, because I lived it. In my years of counseling I often have heard the cries. The Lord heard the cries of the children of Israel in their bondage. Exodus 2:23 says, “…Then the children of Israel groaned because of their bondage; and their cry came up to God because of their bondage.”

He hears our cries. Psalm 34:6 says, “This poor man cried out, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.” Hosea 4:6 says, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” Isaiah 5:13 says, “Therefore My people have gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge…”

Our inner freedom comes through our knowledge of the Lord. The more we are acquainted with His character, the more we can be a partaker of it. 2 Peter 1:3 says that it is through our knowledge of Him that we learn to walk in His resurrection power. 

Job 22:21-22 says, “Now acquaint yourself with Him, and be at peace; thereby good will come to you. Receive, please, instruction from His mouth, and lay up His words in your heart.” 2 Peter 1:4 says that it is through His exceedingly great promises that we become a partaker of His nature. 

What promises are you not standing in for your inner healing? Captivity to the lies of the enemy keeps our hearts bound in darkness. Until we are willing for the Holy Spirit to finger our buried emotional pains, they will continue to affect every aspect of our lives.

Psalm 107:20 says, “He sent His word and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.” Have you ever considered that your sickness was the result of wrong thinking? That is why we need to listen to the words that come out of our mouths. All negative words oppose God’s way. His word brings healing. 

Psalm 119:25 says, “My soul clings to the dust; revive me according to Your word.” Verse 28 says, “My soul melts from heaviness, strengthen me according to Your word.” Verse 45 says, “And I will walk at liberty, for I seek Your precepts.” 

Verse 67 says, “Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word.” Verse 92 says, “Unless Your law had been my delight, I would then have perished in my affliction.” Verse 107 says, “I am afflicted very much, revive me, O Lord, according to Your word.”

Affliction means something that causes pain or suffering. Our affliction is what causes us to cry out. I love Psalm 61:1-2. Do you ever feel overwhelmed? David did. Here are his words. “Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You. When my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”

Capture these two verses and write them on the wall of your heart. Psalm 17:6 says, “I have called upon You; for You will hear me, O God; incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.” Psalm 62:8 instructs our heart. It says, “Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.” It is time to acknowledge that He came to set you free from your captivity to emotional pain.

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