To be Captive means to be a slave.
These are the people taken by force as prisoners by their enemies in war.
Beloved, sin takes man captive.
It holds, when we say “hold”, it abstains you from your total freedom.
Qualities Of A Slave
✓A slave does not do what he wills
Doing what you don’t will entails a lot.
*You are being controlled by your enemy
*You don’t have peace and joy
Qualities Of Someone Who Sit In Darkness
Paul once said the good thing I want to do, I cannot do, because I have seen sin dwelling in me
For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin.
For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I.
If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good.
Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do.
Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
When sin or darkness takes you Captive, you become slave for the enemy (satan), so this brings about *addiction*
Because he declared, the good things he want to do, he cannot, but the evil which he don’t want to do, that is what he finds himself doing.
That is why when sin reins in your members, you are taken captive and controlled by the enemy,
Some are drunkards, prostitutes, smokers, robbers, coveteuousnes, uncleanness and all evil.
This shows a man who sits in darkness.
But if a man walk in the night, he stumbleth, because there is no light in him.
You don’t have freedom in your inner man, you are not liberated, you become the slave of the enemy.
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.
This is the law of the flesh which led man into darkness and the custody of the devil.
This makes man perish and fall from the grace of God
I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:
But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.
O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
But when you find Jesus Christ, the light of the world, He will save you from the darkness and give you new life.
He the Lord will liberate you from the power of darkness and make you a child of God.
ZACCHAEUS ENCOUNTERED JESUS CHRIST
When Zacchaeus saw Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ called him to come with Him.
And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.
And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.
I don’t know the one you are looking for, but if it is Jesus Christ,
He is the only one who can give you joy.
Jesus Christ is always looking for you and after your door knocking always, but if you will open He will come with joy.
Bible says “he received him joyfully”
It doesn’t matter the number of sins you’ve Committed, he still loves you and needs you.
If you come to Him, He will also receive you with joy.
The people murmured, but they didn’t know He came for the sinners that he will liberate them from the power of darkness and make them children of light.
Now He took Zacchaeus to his house to eat with him. They appeared another great miracle, a miracle of salvation and transformation from darkness into the light.
When Jesus went there, He never preached the gospel, but the light shone upon him and his household for there was a great light called Jesus Christ.
ZACCHAEUS received the light!
A new light that brings salvation and new life.
And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.
And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
He received judgement in his heart and reproved him of his sins.
Zacchaeus’s eyes were opened from the darkness into the light.
Now he can see the light because Jesus the light exposed everything unto him.
But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
Beloved , when you receive Jesus Christ and gives you salvation, you sins are remembered no more, you are not under the power of sin.
You gain liberty, freedom, joy and peace.
When the adulterous woman saw Jesus Christ, her sins were forgiven and she received new life.
Beloved, do not sit in the darkness, do not see it to be your comfort zone, your comfort zone is Jesus Christ, the light and our salvation.
HE BRINGS DIVINE TRANSFORMATION
Now you become a new man indeed and walk in the light.
You become a child of the light and no more darkness.
1 Peter 2:9-10
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
He gives you His Spirit to walk in Him always and become joyful and peaceful in your living. This affect your living eternally and internally.
Jesus Christ the light.
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Jesus Christ has saved you!
Today is the day of salvation.
You have receive the light and now His workmanship.
You are a blessing and a child of the light.
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
God richly bless you.
If you don’t have the Son, Jesus Christ, I want you to receive Him today and He will take you out of that addiction and all sins and evil.
Say this in your heart
Master Lord Jesus Christ
I know I am a sinner, I have sinned against you.
Please forgive me.
I know you are the Lord and the saviour. You have the power to save me from my sins.
Please Lord forgive me and have your way in my heart.
Write my name in the book of life and help me walk in you till you come and find me faithful.
Glory be unto the Lord.
Now, I want you to find a church that believes in the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ as the Son of God.
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