Psalm 146:7b “The LORD sets prisoners free….”
[Right from the beginning of our lives we are all imprisoned by sin in the web of Satan. Everyone is ensnared in the devil’s sticky strands of lies, fear and violence.
Just being born into a broken and twisted world results in quirks and knots in our personalities that bring problems, difficulties, and oppression.
Then our upbringing and family culture with fallen parents instill further dysfunctional thoughts, feelings, and desires into us. And our culture’s worldview, with its unhealthy internalized values of materialism, selfishness and pride lock us into destructive feelings, desires and goals.
All these lead us to emotional pitfalls, to accepting false answers to the great human thirst for love and approval, for significance and security, for fulfillment and belonging. These wrong answers then produce fear: fear of man, fear of the future, fear of failure, fear of pain, loss and hurt. Satan uses all of these to oppress, control, and in the end, he wants to crush us, killing all he can.
Yes, we are born into the land of the dying, living in the kingdom of darkness where we were blind, deaf and cut off from God.
But Jesus, in His great love, came into the kingdom of darkness and shone the light of truth, grace and mercy. He by His death and resurrection opened a door in the wall of evil, making it possible to move into the Kingdom of light.
For those sinners who choose to enter, he qualifies them to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the Kingdom of light! (Col. 1:12-13)
He has called us to freedom through truth and He himself is Truth. What a gift! Let us use it wisely and with thankfulness.