April 30, 2024


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Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace-Udochukwu
President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM

*“Can the prey be taken from the mighty, or the captives of a tyrant be rescued? But this is what the Lord says: ‘Even the captives of the mighty shall be delivered”*
Isaiah 49 24-26

This is such a powerful reminder of God’s commitment to deliver us, even when the odds seem impossible.

When life feels like a prison, with no escape in sight, it can be easy to lose hope. But the Bible tells us that even the lawful captive of the mighty shall be delivered.

In other words, no matter how difficult or impossible our situation may seem, God can make a way where there seems to be no way.

Our text speaks of God’s faithfulness and commitment to deliver those who trust in him. It’s a powerful reminder that God is always working behind the scenes, even when we can’t see it.

*“For he has broken the gates of bronze and cut through the bars of iron.”*
Psalm 107:16

This verse is part of a larger passage that speaks of God’s deliverance of those who are in distress or captivity. It’s a beautiful picture of how God can break through even the strongest barriers to set us free.

Just like Daniel, we may find ourselves in difficult or seemingly hopeless situations. But we can have confidence that God is able to deliver us, just as he did for Daniel.

In fact, the Bible is full of stories of people who were delivered by God’s power, from Abraham and Sarah having a child in their old age to the Israelites being rescued from Egypt. These examples show that no matter how impossible the situation may seem, God is able to rescue us.

*“Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.”*
1 Peter 4:12

One key insight that we can draw from these stories is that God often uses our trials to accomplish his purposes in our lives. For example, Daniel’s time in the lion’s den led to the conversion of King Darius and the people of Babylon.

In the same way, our own trials can be used by God to bring about his purposes. So, even when we’re going through difficult times, we can trust that God is working all things together for our good.

Even when the walls seem to be closing in on us, we can have confidence that God is able to deliver us.

We can trust in his power and his faithfulness, knowing that he will never leave us or forsake us. He is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in times of trouble.

No matter what we face, we can rest in his peace and hope, knowing that our ultimate victory is secure in him.

Nigerians and indeed most part of the world are going through unmitigated hardships but just as God rescued the Israelites from the hands of the Egyptians, so too he can rescue the people of Nigeria and other captives of the mighty from their current trials.

Just as he led the Israelites out of slavery and into the promised land, so too he can lead the His people into a brighter future.

Being a “lawful captive” means to be held captive by a higher authority that has the right and power to hold one captive.

In the case of the Israelites, they were being held captive by the Egyptians, who were a powerful nation at the time. However, they were ultimately subject to a higher authority – the God of Israel.

A “lawful captive” is someone who is held captive by an authority that has the legal and moral right to do so.
In this case, the Egyptians were the “mighty” authority, and they had the legal and moral right to hold the Israelites captive as their subjects.

But while the Egyptians had physical power over the Israelites, they did not have the ultimate authority over them. That authority belonged to God, who was working to set his people free.

Even if we are held captive by a powerful force, whether it’s a physical force or a spiritual one, we can know that God is able to deliver us.

Our captivity may be lawful in the eyes of man, but it is not lawful in the eyes of God. No matter how strong the force that holds us captive, God is stronger and he can set us free.

These are all very important aspects of the Christian life! Repentance, prayer, worship, and faith are all essential in walking with God and seeking his deliverance.

We need to turn away from sin and turn to God, asking him for forgiveness and for the strength to overcome our difficulties. We can also pray to God and seek his help, knowing that he hears and answers our prayers.

And we can worship God and give him praise, even in the midst of our struggles. And no matter how long it takes, we must persevere in faith and never give up on God’s promises.

*“And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.”*
Isaiah 10:27

No matter what kind of addiction we may be struggling with, whether it’s addiction to drugs, alcohol, food, or even pornography, God’s anointing is more than enough to break the chains of addiction and set us free.

The power of the anointing is greater than any agreement or covenant we may have made with the enemy.

God’s word tells us that we have been redeemed from the hand of the devil, and we have been set free from every agreement and covenant with evil.

No matter how long we have been bound by such agreements, we can break free in the name of Jesus.

The power of the anointing is available to all who call upon the name of the Lord, and we can break free from every yoke and chain of the enemy.

No matter what you’re facing, no matter how hopeless your situation may seem, you can be confident that the anointing of God is with you. With the anointing, you have the power to break free from any agreement or covenant with evil.
You have the power to walk in victory, no matter what challenges come your way.

As we know, the devil is the *“accuser of the brethren”* (Revelation 12:10). He will try to accuse us and remind us of our past mistakes and sins.

We should never forget the power of the blood of Jesus, which has cleansed us from all sin and made us righteous before God.

By the blood of Jesus, we have overcome the devil, the accuser of the brethren. And through the power of the blood, we can continue to stand firm against the enemy and walk in the victory that Jesus has won for us.

No matter what legal hold the devil may have over us, the blood of Jesus and our redemption gave us more legal right and are more powerful than whatever right that the devil may have over our captivity.




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