It's interesting the way Jesus often used natural things to explain some deep spiritual truths. For example, when He taught about people's understanding and response to the Word of God, He used agricultural terms to drive home His point. We see this in Matthew 13:1-9 where he mentioned different kinds of soil and different kinds of seeds a farmer plants.
From all that Jesus taught while here on earth, it is clear that a lot of things we see in the physical are a reflection of what actually happens in the spiritual realm. Just like we have physical prisons where prisoners are locked up or detained, there are also spiritual prisons the enemy uses to detain or lock up a person or the person's virtue, glory and blessings.
Just because a person can walk freely and go anywhere he wants anytime he wants does not necessarily mean that the person is absolutely free. The person could be locked up in a spiritual prison of poverty, failure, stagnation, or sickness. And until the person is delivered and set free, he or she may never get to the level God has destined the person to be or enjoy the blessings God wants him or her to daily partake of and enjoy.
To fully understand what it means to be in a spiritual prison, let's quickly look at what happened to the Israelites while in Egypt. A lot transpired between the time the Israelites started settling in Egypt and the time they eventually left Egypt. The years they spent in Egypt which spanned about 430 years, was a period of severe suffering, torment and oppression (Exod. 1:11-14, Exod. 2:23-25). They were sad, bitter and miserable. Nothing seemed to be working for them; nothing good seemed to be happening in their lives. Then God intervened. He sent Moses to deliver them from the wicked and oppressive clutch of Pharaoh and the Egyptians. After many years of torture, they were eventually set free from the most cruel, harsh and unjust treatment anyone could face (Exodus 12:31-41).
In Exodus 6: 1-8 where God promised deliverance to the Israelites, we get a clear picture of what it means to be delivered and set free from every spiritual prison. Deliverance from spiritual prisons or captivity involves the mighty hand of God working wonders in your life. It is about God remembering you; God hearing your cries, God seeing your pains and shame and God remembering what He promised you - a life free from oppression; a life of victory, a life loaded with all manner of blessings. Deliverance is about God breaking every yoke or heavy burden you have been carrying. It is about God releasing divine judgment on your enemies and tormentors. It is about God lifting you out of bondage and placing you in the centre of His will for your life. Deliverance is God using His outstretched arm and mighty acts of judgment to break every hold of the enemy in your life and bring you into your promised land. This shall be your portion this year, in Jesus name, AMEN!
True freedom from every form of bondage and captivity begins with the knowledge and understanding of God's word. John 8: 32 says "Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free". The reason why so many Christians today are in spiritual prisons is because they don't know the truth. Until you know who you are in Christ Jesus and what God has promised you, the devil will continue to play all kinds of wicked tricks on you. If there's anything Satan doesn't want to see you do, it is spending time to read, study and meditate on God's Word.
Enough is enough. Enough of the oppression, enough of the bondage. It is time to be totally and completely free from every evil hold, it is time to know the truth that can set you free, it is time to discover the awesome power in the Word of God. It is time to be filled with an intense passion for God's Word. As you devote quality time to the Word of God, all chains, fetters and shackles the enemy has used to tie you down be will be completely broken off and you will be free at last to live and reign as an ambassador for Christ.
Tesh Njokanma is a lawyer by training whose heart is in writing. She is a prolific writer with over 15 years experience as a magazine Editor. She is a pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God with a prayer and teaching ministry. Tesh is married with children. She is based in Lagos, Nigeria.