is the story of every man and woman who has submitted to the Power of God's Love and His purposes.
Joseph was in a pit when his brothers sold him, and imprisoned twice for crimes he wasn't even guilty of, for years! People forgot him, but the Lord did not. In the pit, in the cell, bound and shackled, Joseph held fast to God, and the Lord redeemed him:
Then Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph's hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put the gold necklace ( a different chain, of honour and favour ) around his neck.
Daniel was a eunuch, a servant of a king who did not know Yahweh, but Daniel remained faithful to his God. Even after correctly interpreting two King's dreams and writings on the wall, he was thrown into a den of man-eating lions - a grisly order of certain execution. His faith landed him in a pit, but Daniel held fast to God, and the Lord redeemed him:
Then Belshazzar gave orders, and they clothed Daniel with purple and put a necklace of gold around his neck, and issued a proclamation concerning him that he now had authority as the third ruler in the kingdom.
And more than favour, a foreign king acknowledged the Almighty!
"I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. For he is the living God and he endures forever ... He rescues and he save; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions." So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian (four kings in all).
Moses was a condemned man for murdering a soldier of the Pharaoh, and he ran, but God brought him back to rescue his people out of Egypt.
Samson, Gideon, David, Rahab, the Samaritan woman, and others - Men and women in desperate situations, accompanied by desperate thoughts. But God did not abandon them, despite their sin, maybe their unbelief. This is not true of those only in the Bible. It is true of All of God's Children today. He will not abandon you. Ever.
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God sets the lonely in families, He leads out the prisoners into prosperity with singing, Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.
To reverse the curse of control, manipulation and constriction:
For the LORD ... crowns the humble with victory... May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands, to inflict vengeance on the nations and punishment on the people, to bind their kings (rulers) with fetters, their nobles (superiors) with shackles of iron, to carry out the sentence written against them - this is the glory of all his faithful people.
We have spiritual dominion, and we say the enemy has operated illegally in taking our land, our dominion.
So we repent ... and we say to our kinsman Redeemer, forgive us Lord, and plead for us "not guilty" that we might be restored and freed to work out our salvation and live for You.
Peter was put in prison twice for his faith, he was freed by religious leaders in Acts 4 with John. In Acts 12 he was alone:
Peter was put in prison by Herod, grandson of Herod the Great who had killed the babies at Jesus' birth. This current Herod had also just killed James, John's brother for the Gospel. So guarded by 16 soldiers Peter was helpless! Miraculously, the night before Peter's doomed trial, an angel set him free as the others slept on.
Acts 12:6-7 reads that on the very night when Herod was about to bring him forward, Peter was sleeping between two soldiers, bound with two chains, and guards in front of the door were watching over the prison. And behold, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared and a light shone in the cell; and he struck Peter's side and woke him up, saying, "Get up quickly " And his chains fell off his hands. (v19-24) Herod executed his guards, publicly addressed the people in Caesarea, and they exclaimed he was a god. Not denouncing this, he promptly died then and there!
The Lord settles the matter in His way.
Be assured of this.
Saul was a zealous leader of the sanhedrin commissioned to dispose of Christians "of the Faith". He was responsible for the 'ethnic cleansing' of Jesus's followers, before his conversion on the way to Damascus. As a fervent convert because of his personal encounter with the risen Christ, Saul, now Paul, sought only to tell all the Truth. He refused to be bound by guilt and shame but used all his influence and education to boldly tell the world the Truth about Jesus.
In Acts 21 Paul was arrested before his identity was confirmed by the commander of the Roman troops.
v33 Then the commander came up and took hold of him, and ordered him to be bound with two chains; and he began asking who he was and what he had done.
Paul's faith could not be shaken despite the years of incarceration and constriction. He remains today a beacon for us in our perseverance as a Believer.
Ruth was a woman who had lost her husband and possessions in widowhood. She followed her mother-in-law, in faith, to the land of Naomi's forefathers for a new life. As Naomi was selling her family land, the first guardian redeemer refused to take Ruth with the condition of purchase. But Ruth humbly laid herself at the feet of the man who received her to glean his fields. He became her Lord in reverence and obedience. She actually lay at Boaz's feet in obedience "I am your servant Ruth ... spread the corner of your garment over me, as you are a guardian-redeemer of our family." (Ruth 3:9) Boaz and Ruth had a son Obed, who had Jesse, who had David who became King, of Jesus' line!
The Lord sees you in the pit, the hole, the cell, the barrenness, dryness and loneliness of where you might be right now. He will not forsake you. He has you under His protection.
So despite your circumstances, and what you see in the natural, God is doing something truly incredible in the supernatural. Your life is about to change. As you turn your face to Jesus, fix your gaze and your purposes to Him, He will shift your focus and your heart and your thinking to His, and redeem you. From out of the impossible.
If you are in the pit, in the cell, bound and shackled, hold fast to God, and the Lord will redeem you.
He does not lie.
He does not leave.
He does not forsake.
His promises and true and amen.
Lord, keep my brother/sister safe, in your arms, and I pray the chains to be broken, the prison doors to swing wide. There is no one who can hold them back. Their freedom is surely in you, and you alone, our kinsman Redeemer! Thank you Yeshua!
- deborah monro