Luke 4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
Lu 4:15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.
Lu 4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
Lu 4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
Lu 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, Lu 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
Lu 4:20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
Lu 4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
John 8:36 If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
John 10:10 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Now did you notice that all these Scriptures have something in common?
They all show that it is the will of God that you be set free from the things that are holding you captive, things that are keeping you from having abundant life.
He wants you to be free to become the person that He created you to be. God doesn't want you crippled in your emotions, tormented in your mind, or sick in your body. He doesn't want you bound by insecurity, fear, or sin. He wants you to be free to fulfill the assignment that He has for you.
Jesus said, "I Am come that they might have life." He didn't just preserve life. He came to impart life.
Jesus didn't bring destruction. He brought redemption from destruction. He didn't bring death. He brought resurrection. He didn't bring bondage. He brought freedom.
Jesus didn't come here to get. He came to give. He came to bring life, liberty, and love to the hearts of men. He never gave up until He had accomplished His purpose.
He came down to give. The price of sin was paid. A way out of the authority of darkness was made for all who believe and obey.
In Acts 10:38 the Bible says that 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.
So all those people He healed were made sick by whom?
Jesus is not holding anyone captive. We just read that He came to set the captive free.
Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Many times as Christians we walk around in captivity to things that Jesus has already paid for our freedom from, because somehow we think it is God's will. Especially if things aren't too bad. We have a tendency to put up with, tolerate, and endure the trouble.
However when they get to a certain point, then God's will or not, we become desperate enough to do whatever is necessary to get free. We should have launched an attack of God's Word against our problem from the first.
Proverbs 4:20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.
Pr 4:21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.
Pr 4:22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.
Pr 4:23 Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.
We can take in God's Word as preventive medicine and it will be health to all our flesh. The Word of God is not just a defensive weapon. It is referred to as the Sword of the Spirit. It is an offensive weapon.
Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
Eph 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
Eph 6:14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness.
Again God has provided for our victory. Sometimes we walk around in captivity to religion, or maybe tradition would be a better word, held in place by chains of custom, comfort, and convenience.
Jesus told the Pharisees, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. Making the Word of God of none effect through your tradition. (Mark 7:9 & 13)
The Word of God was of none effect because they rejected It. Had they received God's Word It would have made them free.
Our opening text said He came to restore sight to the blind. I believe we live in a generation where many have limited sight spiritually. Their sight has turned inward and their strength and resources go toward their own preservation rather than toward outreach and evangelism.
It is sad to say but some churches have fallen into the same captivity. But it is not too late for us to be set free and have our vision restored.
According to what we read if you have struggles and circumstances in your life that are keeping you down, it is God's will that you go free and find abundant life through the victory that Jesus already won in your place.
We all know this closing Scripture by heart. But there may be something we haven't realized about it. Here's the Scripture:
1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:
1pe 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Casting ALL (the whole) the care of your problems onto the Lord and not taking them back isn't always an easy thing to do.
However, if you do not cast your cares on God, you will hinder Him exalting you above your circumstances or problems.
The Bible says that the devil is seeking those he can devour. One of the ways he seeks to devour you is by getting you to take on the care and pressure of your situation so that you are consumed with it and draw you into captivity.
God is not asking for us to pretend that problems don't exist. But He doesn't want us to take on the care.
To take on the care means that you are constantly talking about, thinking about, and worried about the problem. And in your mind there doesn't appear to be any way out.
Maybe you have been bruised,
Maybe you are brokenhearted
Maybe you need healing
Maybe you need deliverance from something, maybe some addiction.
Why not give it up and give it over to Jesus right now. You don't have to be a captive another minute.
Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
Pr 3:6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.