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You were convicted of sin and the verdict is in. What’s the verdict? NOT GUILTY! Jesus came to earth to bring the good news of salvation and to free the captives from Satan’s grip.

One day Jesus went to the synagogue and the synagogue’s attendant handed Him the book of Isaiah. Jesus opened the book and began reading. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.” Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down (Luke 4:16-20).

Salvation Has Come

More than two thousand years ago Jesus Christ broke Satan’s chains of bondage. He paid the debt for our sin at Calvary. This is the good news of the gospel of Christ. You can sum it up in one word: “SALVATION”. Salvation is not just for the hereafter. It is for the here-and-now. To receive salvation is to receive wholeness. It is God’s will that we are whole–complete–in every area of our life.

The Amplified Bible translates Isaiah 61:1 to read: “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound.”

Friends, today salvation has come to you. You have been a prisoner of Satan for too long. Receive salvation today for Christ has broken the chains. You are the righteousness of God in Christ. For God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for you, that you might be the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). The Judge of judges has judged you and you are NOT GUILTY of sin.

Grace and Truth Came by Jesus Christ

By faith in Jesus Christ, you can be free of depression, pain, addiction, loneliness, and every evil condition of sin. Because of His victory at the cross, the Judge of judges has proclaimed that you are “Not Guilty.”

Once I was captive to crack cocaine. But when I learned the truth concerning, salvation, I was set free. Christ had broken the chains of my addiction. Today I live free of condemnation with absolute assurance that I am not guilty. I am a living witness that the truth of God’s word will set you free.

I have listed six things that will ensnare you and keep you from knowing the truth that sets the captives free. Today is your day to receive the truth of God’s word.

Imprisoned by False Guilt

If you have ever felt feelings of guilt when you didn’t do anything wrong, then you know what it is to experience false guilt. Guilt makes you feel that you are not normal, that you are in some way flawed. It makes you feel as though everything bad that happens is your fault.

The devil takes advantage of your unstable emotions and he uses your inadequate feelings of guilt to make you condemn yourself. However, today, salvation has come to you. Remind yourself and the devil that you are not guilty. When Jesus was crucified He set the captives free. False guilt can no longer imprison you. God does not condemn you, so stop condemning yourself. “The Bible says that there is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus…” (Romans 8:1).

Shackled to Your Emotions

If little things upset you emotionally, you are the kind of person that carries your feelings on your shoulders. You are captive to your own emotions. Perhaps you need to understand that Christ absorbed your guilt when He redeemed you. Don’t allow your feelings to determine your day. How you react to this day will determine the quality of your life in years to come.

When things don’t go your way, don’t give in to your emotions. Jesus has set the captives free. You are no longer shackled to your emotions. It is okay to be angry; only do not let the sun go down on your anger (Ephesians 4:26). However, the danger of being shackled to your emotions is the devil can make you respond to the way you feel. He knows you will respond to your emotions rather than respond to God.

Ensnared by False Teaching

False teaching is destructive in so many ways as it leads us away from God. The Bible tells us that we are not to believe every spirit, but that we should test the spirits, to see whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world (1 John 4:1). False teachers will deceive anyone who will listen to them and their untruths regarding God. They do not want you to know that Jesus has set the captives free of their false teaching.

There are religions that assert that there are many paths to God. But Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” This statement strikes anger at the very core of religion as there are many who think all religions lead you on a spiritual path to God. In addition, the snare of religion focuses on the morals of a leader who makes the assertion that “if you follow me I will show you how to find the truth. But Jesus boldly tells us that He is the way to God (John 14:6).

So many people believe they are saved by their good works. They do not believe in the salvation of the gospel. They believe that as long as they are morally good they will obtain favor from God. Subsequently, they spend their entire lives working trying to get God’s approval. However, you cannot be saved by your good works. The Bible says “we have been justified [that is, acquitted of sin, declared blameless before God] by faith, [let us grasp the fact that] we have peace with God [and the joy of reconciliation with Him] through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed)” (Romans 5:1). Therefore, you are not guilty of the crimes imposed upon you, having been misled by false teaching.

Prisoner to lying and deception

The captivity of lying begins to take root in our lives at a very early age. The devil knows that everyone likes to be liked, so Satan deceives us into thinking that we are not liked by others. We discover at a very young age that lying is one of the ways to get people to like us is to lie. People fear being rejected, so we lie about who we are, about what we can do, and about what we have.

When you know the truth, the truth will set you free. What is the truth? You are NOT GUILTY! If people could know the truth about God based on their intellect alone they would be able to free themselves from whatever has them captive. The devil deceives us with his lies to prevent us from knowing the truth about God. Thank God for salvation, that is, redemption from the sin of lying through faith in the redemptive work of the cross.

Restricted by Unforgiveness

You pray and you go to church, you give to the poor, and you try your best to live according to the Bible. But despite all of the good that you do, you just cannot forgive your father for something that happened years ago. You are restricted by unforgiveness.

Unforgiveness is a form of self captivity and it hurts you more than it does the person you won’t forgive. God commands us to forgive, but we must choose to forgive. When we choose not to forgive we make ourselves captives of an unforgiving spirit. Nevertheless, God has declared you not guilty by reason of your faith in the salvation plan God has provided for you.

God says, “…if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:14-15). Jesus gave an illustration of unforgiveness in action in the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant. But sadly, there are a lot of unforgiving servants around today. There are people who go to the same church as you do who still harbor resentment toward you for something that happened years ago. They don’t realize that they are being held captive by unforgiveness. Fight the good fight of faith. Declare that you are not guilty of the crime of unforgiveness. Your debt has been paid in full.

Restrained by fear

Today, people live in absolute fear of everything. Fear is an unpleasant feeling of anxiety or apprehension caused by the presence or anticipation of danger; concern about something that threatens to bring bad news or bad results. Fear causes you to worry about something that may or may not happen.

Fear is a spirit of captivity and it comes directly from the devil. The devil wants you to be fearful. He knows if he can keep you imprisoned to your fears you will never fully have confidence in God. He knows that fear will keep you from possessing the things God has promised you. The Word of God says, “For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear…” (Romans 8:15).

It is God’s desire that you live free of fear. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7). The truth that the devil does not want you to know is that you are not guilty. The chains that once held you bound to fear have been broken.

Receive your freedom

Jesus came to free the captives from every form of imaginable bondage. However, to experience freedom from bondage, you must receive the free gift of salvation. The scriptures say: “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life” (John 3:16). The key to experiencing freedom from bondage is to believe in the Son of God. That is why the scripture says, “…whoever believes in Him…” The way to believe is to receive. Today, salvation has come to you. Today, start thanking God for the gift of His Son. Jesus is the truth; He is the Word of God, and He came to set the captives free.

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2 weeks ago

Greetings in Jesus ‘ name

“Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.” Jeremiah 33:3

Prayer is fellowship with the Unseen and Most Holy God. It is the essence of true religion and the channel of all blessings. It is the secret of power and life not only for ourselves, but for others, for the Church and for the world. God has given the right to take hold of Him and His strength to prayer. The promises wait for their fulfillment.
If you ask, He will be delighted to take you to closer fellowship with Himself and teach you to pray.
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Recovery From Emotional/Psychological Trauma

Emotional trauma is the result of stressful events that shatter your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world; it can leave you struggling with memories and anxiety that won’t go away.
Emotional/psychological trauma could be caused by accident, injury, an unexpected violent attack, living in a neighboring known for crime, battling a life threatening illness; it could also be as a result of experiencing traumatic events that occur repeatedly like domestic violence, sexual abuse, bullying, loneliness, and addiction. It could also be caused by the sudden death of a loved one or deeply disappointing experience.

What are the symptoms of trauma?
*Anxiety and panic attacks; anger and irritability
*Fear, emotional numbing,depression and confusion
*Racing heart beats, mood swings, muscle tension and agitation
*Shame, guilt, feelings of sadness and hopelessness
*Fatigue, feeling of worthlessness, withdrawing from people.
*Ache and pains, obsessions and feeling of being overwhelmed.

What do you do to recover from emotional trauma?
1. Don’t isolate: Make an effort to maintain your relationships and avoid spending too much time alone
2. You don’t have to talk about the trauma all the time
3. Participate in social activities.
4. Join a support group for trauma survivors: connecting with them help reduce the sense of isolation; and hearing how others cope could help in your own recovery.
5. Volunteer to help others: In fact, this is a great way to challenge the sense of hopelessness that often accompanies trauma. Remind yourself of your strengths and reclaim your sense of power by helping others.
6. Make new friends if you live far away from family and friends; and avoid toxic people.
7. Self regulate your nervous system: No matter how agitated, nervous, or out of control you feel; it’s important you know that you can calm yourself.
8. Take care of your health
9. Get plenty of sleep
10. Avoid alcohol and drugs as their use can worsen your trauma symptoms, and increase feelings of depression, anxiety and isolation.
11. Eat a well balanced diet to keep your energy up and minimize mood swings.
12. Reduce stress by relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing exercises and schedule time for activities that bring joy to you such as your favorite hobbies.
13. Forgive all hurts and forget the past as this can also worsen the symptoms.

Recovery from trauma takes time, and everyone heals differently. So, avoid being negative or hard on yourself.

Beyond all the tips mentioned above, is the power of God to heal your broken heart and mend your broken life in Jesus’ name.

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5
But, for you to be healed with His stripes, you need to be reconciled with Him.
Jesus is the only Mediator between God and man; and you can only be reconciled to God if you believe in Jesus; in what He accomplished on your behalf. What did He do? He, being the Son of God and the Mediator between you and God, paid the price of your iniquities(sin) by leaving His abode in Heaven, became flesh, at the appointed time, He was betrayed, crucified, died and was buried; but He rose on the third day granting victory to whoever believes in Him. He was sinless but He tasted death for you and me. He paid the ultimate price to grant us access to the Father and to His Kingdom because no one can access the Father without Him.
He says : “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life, no man cometh to the Father but by me.” John 14:6
We can’t access God’s Kingdom with good works, morals and religious activities alone; they are not enough to save your soul and reconcile you with your Maker, because it is written: “For all have sinned, and have come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23
So, you simply need to believe in Jesus, repent of your sin, and be saved
“Whosoever call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”
Talk to Him and He will heal you.
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