Isaiah 61:1 (NLT)
The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed.
In this world that we live in I have come to understand that there are many types of captivity that keep people bound. For far too many people, prison is not four walls with bars, it is a place where they are trapped, chained by their circumstances to hopelessness.
There are spiritual chains, emotional chains, mental chains, chains of the flesh, chains of addictions, and chains of the past. There are chains of sickness, chains of fear, chains of rejection, chains of bitterness, chains of resentment, and chains of un-forgiveness. All of these chains become a prison for those who are trapped in situations where they feel that there is no hope.
According to the Word of God, Jesus came to set the captives free!
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised…
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him.
According to Acts 1:8, all those who receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost are anointed and filled with that same power. I am filled with the Holy Ghost and the Lord woke me up this morning and gave me clear instruction: “Get up and set them free!”
This morning as I write these things I can tell you without hesitation, the Spirit of the Lord is upon me, the Holy Ghost is upon me, and I have been anointed to speak to you the anointed Word of God that has the power to set you free in every area of your life! There are no chains, no captivity, and there is no bondage that can’t be broken by the name of Jesus!
I don’t know about you this morning, but I’m tire of a politically correct gospel with no power! I am sick of preachers who preach a wishy washy gospel that preach about a Jesus that can save your soul from hell, but can’t deliver you from the chains of addiction! I don’t want to hear about blood that can wash your sin, but can’t heal a wounded heart or free you from bitterness and resentment!
The Jesus I know not only saves, but He also heals and delivers! I don’t know what your captivity is, but I know the God who delivers!
Oh I think it’s time for a good old fashioned testimony service this morning. Is there anyone here this morning who can testify of a God that delivers?
How about you Brother Daniel, can you tell us anything about the delivering power of God?
“Yes,” says Brother Daniel, “I can tell you about a God that delivered me from the mouths of hungry lions!”
Is there anyone else?
“Yes!” shout Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in unison, “Yes! We know a God who appeared in the midst of a fiery furnace and saved us from the fire!”
How about you Apostle Paul?
“Yes,” Answers the Apostle, “I know a God who can forgive a murderer, deliver you from prison, save you from the wreckage, heal you from the damage inflicted on you by the mistreatment of others, fill you with the Holy Ghost.”
I think we have time for one more - Yes Brother Peter, I see that Hand:
The Apostle Peter speaks up with tears in his eye, “Yes I want to testify about a God, Jesus is His name, who can take a man who has denied His very name and forgive that man. A Jesus who can fill a man with the Holy Ghost, and whose love and power can transform that man so that he goes from being a coward to dying for what he knows is truth. That’s what the Holy Ghost did for me.”
And I want to testify now. I know that God can take a man, who after being in ministry for 22 years became addicted to prescription pain medication, walked away from his calling, turned his back completely on God and his family, became a drunk and an addict to the point that he wanted to die, and that God had mercy and grace when I called on Him for help and He set me free. This God I know broke the power of sin and addiction, saved me and filled me with the Holy Ghost, gave me back my family, and restored me. Yes! Yes! Yes! I know a God who can deliver you, His name is Jesus, and He breaks every Chain!
The same God that saves is the same God that delivers and heals. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. If he could deliver the demoniac and set him free from a legion of demons, he can deliver you. If he could open the eyes of one born blind, he can heal and deliver you. If he could raise Lazarus from the tomb after being dead four days, he can bring resurrection power to those areas of death in your life through the transforming power of the Holy Ghost!
God got me up this morning to tell somebody - I don’t care what you are going through, or what your chains are, but I know without a doubt, Jesus can set you free!