GO SET THE CAPTIVES FREE
And that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will. —2 Timothy 2:26
Sometimes we Christians look at non-Christians as the enemy. But they are not the enemy—they are trapped by the enemy, the devil. They are like what you and I once were: captives of sin. That is how Christians need to see non-believers. They are in bondage and need to be set free.
We are told in 2 Timothy 2:24-26, “A servant of the Lord must not quarrel, but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people. Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.”
They are in bondage, and they don’t know why or how. But you know. They are under the power of the enemy. So instead of seeing them as enemies of God, pray that God will open their eyes spiritually. Pray they will see their need for Jesus. Pray they will respond to the message of the gospel.
The big question is: do we really believe that the Bible is the truth? Because if we do, then it means that someone who doesn’t know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour is bound for hell. Do we really believe this? If we do, then how can we be so casual about evangelism? How can we be so uncaring if we really believe what we say we believe?
If we are disciples, then we need to go and make disciples of others. And if we are not making disciples of others, the question arises as to whether we truly believe the Bible. Our number one duty as Christians is to go out and win people to Christ and help them grow spiritually—that is fulfilling the Great Commission.
Prayer: Pray and command the release of any person in your family or any loved-one who is being held captive by Satan.
Scriptural Reading: 2 Timothy 2:14-26