Luk 4:18 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, Luk 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
“Deliverance to the Captive”
Photo taken today with my Huawei Nova 2i in the Philippines 🇵🇭
The problem today is we have lost our focus of the Great Commission and everything that comes with it. Jesus quoted this scripture from Isaiah 61 right after He exited the 40 days in the Wilderness. After reading He said, “This day this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing”. In Luke’s Gospel he writes, that Jesus came out of the wilderness in the power of the Holy Spirit.
As Jesus began or launched His earthly ministry this way. As His Kingdom ambassadors we also have the exact same ministry as the Head of the Church Jesus Christ. He is the Head and we are the Body. This is why He tells us that He possesses “All power” as He commissions the Church to GO.
Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
Mat 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
Mat 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Power to set the captive Free
By in large the lost ministry of the Church that we need to repossess by faith and knowledge of God’s Word.
Philippines Ministry - Drug Addiction
Many people are very negative and critical of President Duterte and his war on drugs here in the Philippines. He pledged when he went into office to give leniency to anyone in the drug trade if they turned themselves in. He also followed with the threat to go after those who don’t turn themselves in with a vengeance. I don’t know the exact number, but hundreds of thousands of people turned themselves in. Duterte started a rehabilitation program that lasts 120 days for the ones who surrendered.
I AM NOT SAYING I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING HE DOES I AGREE WITH, BUT THERE HAS BEEN IMMEDIATE POSITIVE RESULTS.
We are part of this rehabilitation as spiritual health is part of the key requirements for this program.
Drug addiction is not a sickness, but a bondage and sin. There is only one remedy or cure for sin and that is the shed blood of Jesus. The only people able to set the captive free are the empowered body of Christ, The Church! We are Ambassadors of the same mission of Christ. We enforce and appropriate the finished Work on the Cross.
Luk 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Some Have a Form of Godliness but deny the Power
The Church was meant to set the captive free! It is time for us to believe God’s Word! This power is a great tool for evangelism. Let the Church rise, be the salt. Be the Light of the world and set the captive free. Cast out demons and heal the sick.
A few thoughts from Steem Church Missionary
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