It is seldom that I remember a dream the following day. But one such dream seems to have lodged in the memory with such significance that it cannot be overlooked.
In the dream, a person was tightly trapped inside a large pipe, and was unable to move. After a long period of time someone recognised their predicament and was able to extricate the individual, but because they had been trapped for such a long period of time, they were unable to move any of their limbs. It was as if they were paralysed.
Recognising the situation, the rescuer began to gently move their arms and legs, flexing them and helping to restore natural movement until the person was able to move them naturally, stand on their own feet and walk.
This dream seemed to be showing what many people are like when they need to be brought to faith in our Lord Jesus Christ after a lifetime of sinful living. They need help to become set free from the "baggage" and "bondage" of their sinful past.
This is where a ministry of healing, wisely and sensitively used, is able to be used to "set the captives free". Firstly, they need help in recognising what sin is and what it has done to trap and enslave them, rendering them powerless to overcome it.
Explaining the need of repentance of sin and receiving God’s forgiveness is the first step to the freedom that is available to them through the salvation Jesus offers. Then showing them that by renouncing their former lifestyle and experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit to enable them to overcome temptation when it arises, will encourage them to develop their strength and ability to grow in their new found faith.
Also, breaking the relationships with the colleagues they were associated with in their former way of life is another important step towards that development and freedom. These steps are the "Good news to the poor and freedom for the captives" which each of us who are disciples of Jesus are called to proclaim and bring to those who have been so deeply oppressed.
Prayer: Dear Lord God. Thank You for sending Jesus to set the captives free, and thank You for setting me free. Enable me to bring to those who are trapped in their sinful ways the good news of freedom that can be theirs through Jesus, I pray in His Name. Amen.
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