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Most of the world is in some type of bondage whether they realize it or not. Some things like drugs, porn, alcohol, and fear or depression are quite evident. Other bondages are not so evident. However, there is not one thing that God cannot handle if we let Him.
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The pictures of parents passed out in front of their children was quite saddening. A few weeks before, I read of a small West Virginia city dealing with over a score of emergency calls in one day involving drug overdoses. Heroin usage seemed to spreading. Not knowing much about the drug I did a little research and found many took it for a temporary high rush.

As you know, there are many more problems than heroin. Along with drugs there is alcohol, tobacco, and others. Bondages predominately in the mind like porn, fear, depression also ravage the world. Much money and

time is spent in an effort to help people but most never find a permanent solution. But I am glad to report that there is a permanent solution for each person.

We are all spiritual beings.  Man was made in the image of God but sin has distorted that image. We think we are free but we really are not. Our sinful nature is easily influenced by society. While it might seem that we are free to do whatever we want the reality is that many are trapped and may not even know it.

We have a spiritual need and it will take a spiritual answer to fix it. Psalm 146 addresses that point:

1 Praise YHVH! Praise YHVH, O my soul!
2 I will praise YHVH while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being.
3 Do not trust in princes, In mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.
4 His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; In that very day his thoughts perish.
5 How blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, Whose hope is in YHVH his God,
6 Who made heaven and earth, The sea and all that is in them; Who keeps faith forever;
7 Who executes justice for the oppressed; Who gives food to the hungry. YHVH sets the prisoners free.
8 YHVH opens the eyes of the blind; YHVH raises up those who are bowed down; YHVH loves the righteous;
9 YHVH protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, But He thwarts the way of the wicked.
10 YHVH will reign forever, Your God, O Zion, to all generations. Praise YHVH!

It could be said God has a rescue plan in place. We see part of that plan in verse 7.  The prior verses show that in order to be rescued we must put our trust in God alone because only He can truly help with lasting results. Though one might think they are in an impossible situation, when it comes to salvation nothing is impossible with God (Matthew 19:16-26). But we have to let Him rescue us.

I. Be Favored  7a

“Who executes justice for the oppressed . . .”

When I write "be favored" I do not mean  it in the sense promoted by various churches which tends to puff us up with pride. Pride is the foundation of all sin and was the foundation of satan’s {1} fall. Humility and gratitude should be our attitude because anyone who surrenders to God through Christ is then favored in the legal sense. As sinners by nature, by default we fall prone to satanic oppression. However when we trust the finished work of Christ and surrender to God through Him, by default we are favored by God.

Because we are spiritual creatures we are subject to certain negative spiritual occurrences. Temptation is common to all, but continued yielding to it will bind a person. It begins with a level of oppression and for many it quickly leads to obsession. The worst is possession by demons. Obsession and possession are forms of satanic oppression.

Though these are horrible conditions, there is always hope in God through Christ. God has “legal” grounds, so to speak, for executing judgment for the oppressed because through His Son He paid the legal requirements for our sin and crushed the sin nature. This is an aspect of salvation and when it comes to salvation nothing is impossible with God (Matthew 19:16-26).

For example, take the man possessed “by a legion" of demons. The man was so bound by satanic influence that he live naked among tombs, cutting himself, moaning, crying, and other pitiful things. What a seemingly hopeless case--until Jesus came along. For your convenience, here is one of the Gospel anecdotes taken from Luke 8:26 to 39:

Then they sailed to the country of the Gerasenes, which is opposite Galilee.
27 And when He came out onto the land, He was met by a man from the city who was possessed with demons; and who had not put on any clothing for a long time, and was not living in a house, but in the tombs.
28 Seeing Jesus, he cried out and fell before Him, and said in a loud voice, "What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg You, do not torment me."
29 For He had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For it had seized him many times; and he was bound with chains and shackles and kept under guard, and yet he would break his bonds and be driven by the demon into the desert.
30 And Jesus asked him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Legion"; for many demons had entered him.
31 They were imploring Him not to command them to go away into the abyss.
32 Now there was a herd of many swine feeding there on the mountain; and the demons implored Him to permit them to enter the swine. And He gave them permission.
33 And the demons came out of the man and entered the swine; and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned.
34 When the herdsmen saw what had happened, they ran away and reported it in the city and out in the country.
35 The people went out to see what had happened; and they came to Jesus, and found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting down at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind; and they became frightened.
36 Those who had seen it reported to them how the man who was demon-possessed had been made well.
37 And all the people of the country of the Gerasenes and the surrounding district asked Him to leave them, for they were gripped with great fear; and He got into a boat and returned.
38 But the man from whom the demons had gone out was begging Him that he might accompany Him; but He sent him away, saying,
39 "Return to your house and describe what great things God has done for you." So he went away, proclaiming throughout the whole city what great things Jesus had done for him.

This is one of many accounts in the Holy Bible that shows God can deliver a person from any situation. Many times, as in the case shown above, it takes our cooperation to a degree. Demonic possession does not always mean the victim has no control at all, but even if one does not, God will still deliver such a person upon fervent intercession by a righteous man {2} (James 5:17-20).

Again, God is not performing “hocus pocus.” Deliverance is possible because the Son paid the full price of our sin to the Father. Upon denying self and others, and surrendering to God through Christ, we become a true child of God and therefore receive favor from Him, but undeserved by us but made available for us through the finished work of Christ because God loves us that much. In surrendering to Christ, we must confess we are a sinner in total need of Him, and act upon it. In so doing we become favored, clothed with the righteousness of Christ, which will remind us that the demoniac was clothed after Christ delivered him.

II. Be

Freed
7c

“...YHVH sets the prisoners free.” {3}

Most of us do not know it until we come to Christ but we are prisoners of sin and part of the realm of darkness until we permit ourselves to be freed by Christ. As prisoners of sin we are also prisoners of self, satan, and the pull of the world.

However, such bondage is not limited only to the unsaved. Many a child of God has played with sin, or is still learning to break completely free of the old life, or is in some other situation that leaves them prone to oppression or even obsession. While we are promised security in Christ, the New Testament Scriptures are clear we must choose to remain in Him. No one can say precisely when one falls from grace but it certainly does happen.

There is a “twilight zone" realm that needs to be addressed. This is in regard to government assistance, especially where a person has been declared to be mentally disabled. Both Christians and non-Christians fall into this trap and it is really sad when a Christian winds up there. It is sad because of the apparently unused grace offered to all of us in Christ that brings a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).

What often occurs is one becomes mentally troubled. They might seek help from a church but what occurs is that they eventually go to social services. They are offered financial assistance and are encouraged to get professional mental help. In so doing they are encouraged to take drugs which mask the symptoms and do not remove the problem. The person realizes they do not have to go to work, for the government will pay them while at the same time drugging them. The drugs make matters worse and many fall into a worse predicament than what they would have had if they would have not ask the government for help.

By contrast, Christ does not want us numbed by drugs and dependent upon the government. He can free people, but they must act on faith in Him. For various reasons in the past I have been prone to depression. I started listening to God about this matter in the 1980s. There were a number of things He showed me which I would like to share with you in the link below {4}.

With all of this, whether it is drugs, porn, fear, depression, or anything else that a person is a prisoner to, the undeniable fact remains that they can be liberated by Christ. If they are not saved, the first step is to resign all attachments to things displeasing to God and make a full surrender to Him through Jesus Christ. If one is saved they need to repent, take the action described in 1 John 1:9, and then endeavor to get very deep in Christ through worship, the study of His Word, and prayer. Christ will free you, for He Himself said (John 8:36), “So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed.” Will be freed from serving sin, and enabled and directed to serve the God Who created us.

III. Be Filled  7b

“. . . Who gives food to the hungry.”

Among the reasons given as to why one might be oppressed and be in need to be freed is the fact that because we are all in the image of God we stand in constant need of God. However, our sin nature instinctively knows if we yield to God then self will no longer be in control. So, before we come to God through Christ we seek to fill our need of God in a variety of ways. Some are natural and not sinful in themselves (like having friends) while other ways are sins against Him.

Then, there are spiritual hunger pangs we might exhibit, such as fear or despair. Along with engaging in sin, being oppressed with fear plagued me until I came to God through Christ. Whether we have spiritual hunger pains or seem satisfied with a religion, we are all designed with a spiritual hunger. Satisfying it with anything but Christ means sin, death, and eternal damnation.

However, satisfying it with Christ brings satisfaction, blessing, reward and Eternal Life. Note well that the former demoniac was found sitting at the feet of Jesus. He had partook of Christ and wanted more, and nothing else. This is because Christ is the Bread of Life (John 6:35-38).

Keep in mind that Jesus Christ said He was the bread of life and reread Psalm 146 up to and including verse 7b. “Food” here is from a Hebrew word that is often translated as “bread,” and is the only Hebrew word to be translated as bread. 7b is somewhat prophetic because God gave the world His only Son (John 3) Who described Himself as the Bread of Life.

As Psalm 146 starts with “Praise YHVH! Praise YHVH, O my soul!”, we certainly can rejoice that God has offered to all His rescue from sin, self, satan, the wrath of the Father, hell, the world and more. No matter how bad we think we are, or have been told we are, we have a living hope in God through Christ. If we truly yield to God through Christ, we will indeed be favored, freed, and very well fed!

Notes:

{1} Not capitalized on purpose. Experts Column gives me the freedom to express myself in that way.

{2} Used in the proper traditional sensible sense, denoting all people, male and female. I could not care less about being politically correct.

{3} From what I see in Young’s Literal Translation, this last part of verse 7 should really begin verse 8. Nevertheless I was led of God to create this message from the text of the New King James, Authorize Version, et al., as verse 7 appears in them.

{4} Please visit my pages on “Let’s Overcome Depression” at http://oasisofhope.neocities.org/dep.html .

{5} Wilson, William: Wilson's Old Testament Word Studies (MacDonald Publishing Company, McLean, VA) pp 49 & 171

This article was written in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by December 27, 2016 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M428 .

Unless otherwise noted all Holy Scripture is from the New American Standard Bible changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates. * = For other versions the spelling of some words is updated for our time in addition to changing LORD to YHVH as it rightly should be when the text so indicates.

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    At times, people do not even have the spirit to hope in God, but though they may have forgotten the promises, God does not forget them.
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