Jer 40.1-3 1 The word came to Jeremiah from the LORD after Nebuzaradan commander of the imperial guard had released him at Ramah. He had found Jeremiah bound in chains among all the captives from Jerusalem and Judah who were being carried into exile to Babylon. And the captain of the guard took Jeremiah, and said unto him, The LORD thy God hath pronounced this evil upon this place. And now the LORD has brought it about; he has done just as he said he would. All this happened because you people sinned against the LORD and did not obey him.
We read that the people of God were in captivity because they refused to obey Him. Compromise and captivity go hand in hand. The only reason that Jeremiah was there was because God had called him to speak God’s Word to them, in hopes that they would hear and repent. Peter wrote, of whom a man is overcome, of the same, he is held in bondage. Thus, by our decisions in life, we choose who or what will master us, and who or what will bring us into captivity.
God is not mocked, whatsoever a man sows, that shall he reap. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.
Dear fellow followers of Jesus, God’s grace and mercy have given us a new day. Today, we will be making numerous choices. How we need to choose wisely. David prayed, may the words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer. Paul wrote, We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. Words and thoughts contrary to God’s will can bring us into captivity.
The exhortation to the Ephesians was to Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
The purpose of reading and learning Scripture is that we might obey what God says and walk in His freedom and truth. When we choose to walk in His ways, He provides the power of His Spirit to enable us that grace and strength. Walk one step at a time, beloved. When we walk with Jesus, we enjoy the freedom of God in a land that is in captivity to the devil and darkness.