Setting Captives Free

  • Children working 12 hours days in a brick factory
  • 7-14 year old girls “servicing” grown men 12-24 times a day
  • Women walking in front of their husbands to be a buffer for land mines
  • Unborn children killed in their mother’s womb before they take their first breath
  • Men imprisoned and tortured because of their belief in Jesus Christ

These are only a few of the atrocities of our day. It can be sickening, overwhelming and even depressing if you think that there is nothing that can be done. Or will be done. Or worse, nothing that God can do to right the wrongs in His world. But Aslan is on the move.

I wanted to remind you what Wednesday August 18th said on Google: “Celebrating 90 years since the ratification of the 19th Amendment, guaranteeing women the right to vote.”

Can you believe that there was a time in this great country, when women were so devalued that they could not vote? Can you believe there was a time when there were public hangings because of the color of a man’s skin? Can you believe that this generation finds it difficult to grasp that we held such foreign and ridiculous notions?

Yet here is the Hope of God moving through our world. He is the God of Vengeance. He is the God Who makes wrong things right. Just as the Cross paid for the sin of the world past, present and into the future, so the Holy Spirit is ever moving His body to speak truth and life into the darkness.

Go read Isaiah 61 again. Now do you remember what Jesus said after He read the same passage in the temple?  In effect He said, because I am on the scene, all this is done. It is finished. It’s not done yet, but it is finished.

When you hear of evil in our world, don’t wring your hands; raise them to the One Who promised that He would set the captives free. Then, now and forever.

Jesus, thank You that You are the reason we can Hope. Thank You Spirit, that you are ever working for justice in our world. And I pray that we would join You when You call Your Body to action. Be our life, be our hope, be our courage. Amen

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