Daily Devotional – I’m Normal.™ I AM Ministries
“To promote Godly living in a culture committed to destroying it”
Friday, February 5, 2016
Prisoners of War
What picture comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “prisoners of war”? Perhaps you think of the Vietnam POW pilots shot down or the Holocaust victims during World War II. Maybe you think more historically and conjure up images of Andersonville or other prison camps during the Civil War. Whatever comes to mind, we think of desperate people whose lives exist at the mercy of their captors.
The writer of Hebrews exhorts us in verse 3 of Chapter 13 to “Remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.” Prison systems, military or otherwise, have throughout the ages discouraged outsiders from interacting with prisoners, but Christ still calls us to minister to them (Matthew 25:36), because whatever we do for these people, we do for Christ (Matthew 25:40).
Whereas prisons of war typically invoke strong images in our minds, there are billions of people who are prisoners of war, yet walk freely on the streets. We often forget we are always engaged in spiritual warfare. There is an ongoing war between God and Satan, with Satan slandering us night and day (Revelation 12:10). Even though God has won the war, the final count of souls for each side remains in dispute.
God sent His Son Jesus Christ to provide us salvation, yet Satan is here on Earth to oppose Him and to try to ruin your life. Satan’s stated mission can be found in John 10:10 where Jesus tells us that “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.” Have no doubts, that is Satan’s only goal.
Satan conspires to steal your joy, steal your happiness, and kill your spirit. He also wants to kill your faith. He wants to destroy that personal connection between you and the LORD and make your life miserable. He wants to tear your life apart even if you have committed your life to Jesus Christ.
Satan does much damage each day to those who are already saved, but he is doing powerful work each day on those who are unsaved. These unsaved souls are literally prisoners of the evil one. They are prisoners of the thief and prisoners of their own sin. They are prisoners of the one whose stated purpose is to bring as many souls as he can into the fires of eternity.
Through the love of God and the work of Jesus Christ on the Cross, you have the power to start a rescue mission of the souls being held as a prisoner of war. Your witness and your testimony are vital to the salvation of others. You can share the Gospel with the lost and let them know there’s an alternative to imprisonment. You may have to explain lovingly how they are already in prison because most of them don’t know it! Therein lies the extent and power of the deception Satan perpetrates.
God has supplied you with powerful tools for the spiritual battle. Your testimony is a very effective weapon. A person may be quick to deny the Truth contained in the Bible, but they will have a much harder time denying your experience with God and Jesus Christ. God has also given you a full set of armor to put on in the spiritual battle – the belt of Truth, the breastplate of righteousness, feet fitted with the readiness of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit. With these items and God’s help, you can conquer all.
Our society often looks upon Christians as prisoners of our faith, in bondage to duties imposed by being a lowly servant and by eschewing sin, which is viewed as “just fun”. It is normal for Christians to view nonbelievers as prisoners in need of assistance. Wouldn’t it be pleasing to God if you placed your key in the lock of a prisoner? The Holy Spirit must complete the unlocking process of their heart, but God has given Christians the command to help Him as a sign of our appreciation for our salvation. If you succeed, you will have loosed a prisoner of war for all eternity.
In His love and service,
A servant of Jesus Christ
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