Refuse to get involved in inane discussions; they always end up in fights. God’s servant must not be argumentative, but a gentle listener and a teacher who keeps cool, working firmly but patiently with those who refuse to obey. You never know how or when God might sober them up with a change of heart and a turning to the truth, enabling them to escape the Devil’s trap, where they are caught and held captive, forced to run his errands.
~ 2 Timothy 2:25 & 26 The Message Bible
There are several definitions for the word captive. In general, it means a person or animal that is forcibly confined or restrained, especially somebody held prisoner. What’s interesting is that it also means somebody gripped by a strong emotion such as love or anger.
How many times have we allowed ourselves to get involved in discussions and conversations the Scripture above warns us about? Those types of conversations are not only draining, they’re designed by the enemy to steal, kill and destroy. Sent to steal your joy, kill your patience, and destroy your relationships. Captive. You are now caught in the enemy’s trap. An enemy, who desires to devour you.
Satan is a ruthless captor. It’s easy for us to visualize captives being taken by force, but that’s not always the case. Most times, because of our emotions, we open the door wide and let the captor—Satan, with keys and chains in hand—right into the rhythm of our lives.
But it doesn’t have to stay that way.
We can take those emotions of bitterness, anger, frustration, resentment, and unforgiveness to the LORD. He promised, “If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36 KJV).
That means we no longer have to stay under the thumb of the enemy. Or partake in his war, succumb to his power, or remain in his chains.
No longer a prisoner.
Let go. And let the God of Creation, the Ancient of Days, and the Prince of Peace usher you into freedom.
Break the chains. Kick off the shackles. Choose freedom. Because whom the Son sets free is free indeed.
© Kara R. Hunt 2020
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Are you harassed and tormented by hateful and negative thoughts? People, situations, and the circumstances around us can contribute to those feelings. But as Christians we don’t need to endure that type of suffering. God in all of His goodness and grace has made a way for us to be free from those thoughts and negative influences. We are instructed to renew our minds with God’s Word and think the way He thinks. Romans 12:2 explains why and is a great starting point for meditating on God’s Word. Start today. Choose hope.
How Will You Respond?
I love watching birds flock to my backyard feeders. A frequent visitor is the blue jay. Their unmistakable calls and colors make them easy to spot. However, I was surprised to learn that they are known as the backyard bullies. Their intimidating size and bullying nature gives cause to this nickname, but it’s still shocking to see how something so beautiful, can be so mean.
If there are other birds enjoying themselves at the feeders, instead of quietly waiting their turn, blue jays will just fly in, and force the other birds to flee.
People can be like that as well. They’ll swoop in and try to force you to do things you wouldn’t normally do.
If you let them.
There are different types of bullies and bullying. Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual. Chances are someone or something will try to bully us in our lives. The question is, what should we do about it?
Scripture tell us to, “Submit yourselves therefore to God.
Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” – (James 4:7 KJV)
As Christians, the first part should already have been taken care of. And the second part of that verse gives us our answer.
Stand against. Strive against. Actively interrupt the progression of the enemy. Endeavor to defeat.
We can’t control everything that life throws at us, but we can control how we respond.
You should think this way.
You should think that way.
It seems like everyone around us wants to be able to tell us what we should be thinking. This type of pressure can come from well-meaning friends and loved ones, the media, popular music, television shows and movies.
But as Christians, what we believe, how we act, and what we think should be based on one authority – the Word of God.
Let that be your Final Authority and nothing else.