Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Daily devotional: Freedom for captives

Scripture
"The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."
Luke 4:18-19 NIV (see also Isaiah 61:1-2)

Observation
Jesus came to bring freedom to those who are captive to sin and oppression! We are now free to turn over our lives to the God who created the universe and all that is in it. It is a freedom that comes with a different kind of captivity, but one far better for us that brings real life.

Application
Walk in newness of life! Now that I am free, use my freedom to serve Christ my Lord!

Prayer
Lord, thank you for this new year. Thank you for freeing me from my captivity to sin and releasing me from darkness of thinking. Thank you for teaching me and disciplining me because You love me. Please direct my paths. Please continue to grow me and direct me into newness of life. I love you!

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