Fortunately, many of us will never have to experience the trauma of being a prisoner of war between two battling armies. Thankfully we have not had to suffer the many things that prisoners of war undergo – loneliness, endless interrogation, torture, hunger, etc. We need to be very thankful for our armed men and women in the military that fight, that put their lives on the line for our country’s freedom. They do this so that we may live a free life in this country. I thank God for their many sacrifices.
Yet despite this freedom that they have fought for and won, many of us live our lives as if we are a prisoner of war. We live are lives imprisoned to many different things. We are prisoners of our jobs, of doubt and/or fear, of drugs, sex, money, pressure to succeed and to be liked, our possessions, guilt, etc. There are many things that can claim control over us, things that at first may seem harmless, even beneficial. That is the power of Satan, of sin.
Galatians 3:22 -“But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.” NIV
Sin masks itself as many different things to lure us into its trap, to capture us and to then control our lives. Many normal good things get perverted by the power of sin and can take control over us and our lives. Yet the pardon has been delivered, the doors to the cell have been unlocked. We don’t need to stay confined in the cell, we don’t need to continue to be a prisoner, there is a way out.
Isaiah 61:1 -“61 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,” NIV
We are soldiers in a cosmic battle between good and evil, right and wrong, God versus Satan. Yet we do not have to become a prisoner of Satan in this war. Jesus came and died and arose so that the prisoners could be released, freed from the power of sin in their life. We do not have to settle for less. We do not have to stay prisoners of war, struggling each day with just surviving and striving to reach some goal that is impossible to attain and just lures us further from Christ and closer to the enemy’s camp. Christ is calling us out of the cell and into a life of freedom with Him.
Take a moment and examine your life. What are the bars that imprison you and keep you from moving freely about, unable to follow God as He would desire? Are you a P.O.W.? Have you become captured by the lure of sin, of the trappings of things of the world? Are you living your life as a prisoner without even realizing it? If so, give it to Jesus and step out of your cell. You have been given the power to live life in His name, so don’t settle for less. Allow Jesus to lead you from captivity and grant you freedom in Him to live life victoriously and to celebrate a complete victory over Satan forever. Amen.