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SETTING CAPTIVES FREE

SERMON STARTER

          In pastoral counseling I seldom get to be with clients personally when they reach the point of insight and healing. Mostly, it happens months or years later when the Kingdom Seed I plant with them bears fruit. This past two weeks are an exception. I had the privilege of being with several clients who reached the "A-hah!", or "Eureka" point.

        All of them had an active faith in God and had been seeking Him and found Him and what their hearts were longing for: "FREEDOM!" All too often the freedom we long for is delayed by CAPTIVITY that is located not behind bars or walls, but by our own minds.

        It's easy to say we are held captive by "SIN," but that term is too generic. We need to know WHAT we are held captive to and by. For the pastor and counselor I can suggest a few:

1) FAMILY SCRIPTS - These are lies we were told by dysfunctional families and we believed them. A script is a role assigned by the family that binds us to the negative expectations of others and keeps us from the journey of self-discovery. These negative expectations can be as simple as sibling rivalry. They can be as painful as the unrealistic expectations of parents.

2) PAST FAILURES - Little children make mistakes, but some family members never let them forget them. This can happen in schools and in the work places. We can be haunted by simple mistakes we all make in the learning curve that is called "life."

 

 

 

SETTING CAPTIVES FREE, Intro.

 

3) OUR OWN CONSEQUENCES FROM POOR LIFE CHOICES

We can become bound by the results of our own sinful choices. Consequences and how we react to them can be as binding as a strait-jacket.

4) IMMATURE BLACK AND WHITE THINKING - Legalism that was taught to us as children to aid discipline can hold us captive in our life choices and especially in our relationships with others.

This sermon is about setting captives free from above and from other types of bondages.

Pastor Phil  <><<

 

 

 

November 6, 2011 – Sheepfold Ministries

Pastor Phil Roland

 

SETTING CAPTIVES FREE

Luke 4:14-21

“The Word of Jesus Christ sets free all those who have been captive to sin, the flesh, the world and the devil. Deliverance isn’t always shouted with a loud angry voice, sometimes it whispers truth into our soul and we are set free.” Pastor Phil  <><<

 

BACKGROUND TO TEXT:
Jesus had just been in the desert in confrontation with Satan.
Jesus told his disciples,

"All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.” Matthew 28:19

He delegated His authority to His disciples,

“And when He had called His twelve disciples to Him, He gave them power over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease.” Matthew 10:1

 

I.  WHO ARE TODAY’S CAPTIVES?
            A. Those imprisoned by the Devil / Satan’s Schemes

                        1. Forced against their will to do his bidding

                        2. Lost themselves to Sin and their Own Lustful Flesh

            B. Those held in Chains of their own Bondages

                        1. Addictive Behaviors of all kinds

                        2. We have more people in Bondage than any other country

                        3. Too much Leisure and too many Options to choose from

C. Those who give the Keys to Their Own Happiness to Others

"And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." Matthew 16:19

1. They love conditionally, expecting to be loved in return

2. You and Christ must hold the Keys of the Kingdom

3. No person will serve Christ for long whose service is

    determined by what others do or do not do

 

II.  WE HAVE THE KINGDOM KEYS TO SET CAPTIVES FREE

"And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, 'These things says He who is holy, He who is true, "He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens" Rev. 3:7

            A. David’s Key involves a Promise by God – Jeremiah 33:22

“ 'As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured, so will I multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me.”

            1. Though David was sinful, he loved the Lord with all his heart

            2. He and God were on speaking terms

            3. David always clung to God, no matter the consequences

SETTING CAPTIVES FREE, cont., p.2

 

B. David received God’s Conditional Forgiveness – 2 Sam. 12:10

  “'Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house,”

            1. The Prophet Nathan Gave David God’s Curse

2. God forgave David and kept His general promise

            3. But Nathan’s Curse followed his generations to the Cross

C. We have delegated power to Loose or Bind Captives – Matt. 18:18
“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

 

III. THERE ARE THREE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM

          A. Know that Jesus wants you to be Free

                        1. We can become captive to Mental / Emotional Captivity

                        2. Captivity to Immature Childhood Defense thought Systems

                        3. Not all our early conclusions about life are accurate

                        4. Childhood defenses are often immature and over-protective

                        5. We hate to admit we’re wrong about anything

                        6. Jesus said of the Woman caught and freed from adultery

a. “And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you

    free." John 8:32

b. “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free

     indeed.” John 8:36

c. “He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim

     liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind,

     To set at liberty those who are oppressed;”  Luke 4:18

                        7. Jesus has delegated to us Authority to Set Captives Free

                                    a. We use His Name – John 14:12-14

"Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the

 works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these

 he will do, because I go to My Father. "And whatever you ask

in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in

the Son. "If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”

                                    b. We have authority to carry out Jesus’ Instructions

          B. Believe Jesus has given us all we need for Freedom – Isa. 53:4,5

“Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed

  Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our

  transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for

              our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.“
                        1. Christ has set us Free from the Curse of the Law – Gal. 3:13

“Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a

  curse for us (for it is written, "Cursed is everyone who hangs on a

  tree"),
            2.  Jesus embraced poverty to make us Free/Rich - 2 Cor. 8:9

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He

 was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that you through His

 poverty might become rich.”

                        3. Thru Jesus we are free from Anxiety and Fear – Phil. 4:6-7

 

SETTING CAPTIVES FREE, cont., p.3

 

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and

                         supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known

                         to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding,

                         will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

C. Believe His Promises are for You! – Psalm 103:1,2

“Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy

  name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:”

                        1. Love Him for His Deliverance and Power – Psalm 18:1,2

“I will love You, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and      my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised; So shall I be

saved from my enemies.”

                        2. Ask and Believe and you will Receive – Mark 11:24

"Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray,

 believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SETTING CAPTIVES FREE, TEXT:

Luke 4:14-21

14  Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went out through all the surrounding region.

15  And He taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.

16  So 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 to read.

17  And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:

18  "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

19  To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD."

20  Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him.

21  And He began to say to them, "Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing."

 

 

 

 

CLOSING ILLUSTRATION

THE PRICE OF SIN

One day Satan and Jesus were having a conversation.
Satan had just come from the Garden of Eden, and he was gloating and boasting.

"Yes, sir, I just caught the world full of people down there. Set me a trap, used bait I knew they couldn't resist. Got 'em all!"

"What are you going to do with them?" Jesus asked.

Satan replied, "Oh, I'm gonna have fun! I'm gonna teach them how to marry and divorce each other, how to hate and abuse each other, how to drink, drug and smoke and curse. I'm gonna teach them how to invent guns and bombs and kill each other. I'm really gonna have fun!"

"And what will you do when you get done with them?"

Jesus asked.

"Oh, I'll kill 'em," Satan glared proudly.

"How much do you want for them?" Jesus asked.

"Oh, you don't want those people. They ain't no good. Why, you'll take them and they'll just hate you. They'll spit on you, curse you and kill you!!

You don't want those people!!"

"How much?" He asked again.

Satan looked at Jesus and sneered,

"All your tears, and all your blood."

Jesus said, "DONE!"

Then He paid the price.