Sometimes in life, something so drastic happens, you wonder if there's any way to put back the pieces. According to Luke 4:18, Jesus came to "set at liberty them that are bruised." In other words, He came to set you free from the life-shattering experiences that hold you back. Those bruises aren't surface wounds, their deep. So deep that, even when they seem to be healing, any little thing brings them right back up into view again. Those bruises are caused by our sins and the sins of others, they are loss and loneliness, they are hurts, habits, and hang-ups that wound us for life... or so we think.
Jesus came to heal the blind. The gospels record that He healed at least twelve eyes of their blindness, but we both know that's now what Luke 4:18 was talking about. Jesus came to heal the spiritual blindness. He came to clear the clouded mind and dispel the mist in our hearts. He came to make us see life (and eternity) clearly. Blindness is literally: being rendered foolish by selfishness. Wow! And I can identify. How often has the darkness and dullness of self-deception clouded my judgment and led me into deeper blindness of heart?
Jesus came to preach deliverance to the captives and He is still proclaiming forgiveness and pardon to all who are bound and chained. Not all are free. Many are bound by the chains of harmful habits, hurts, and hang-ups. Not all of us chose these chains - in many cases, they chose us. But we don't have to be captive any longer. The gospel has power to set us free! The top four types of bondage that the church faces today...
As he looks out his window, all Jeremiah sees is hopelessness (see Jeremiah 3:2-21). Burning buildings, dead bodies, tear-stained cheeks. He is disillusioned, depressed, and in despair. He has believed a little lie and it has disconnected him from the truth (spiritual reality). In his mind, he has become the victim and blames God. He is … Continue reading Hope for the Brokenhearted
We pick up the story in Ps. 42-43... David is discouraged: struggling emotionally, sinking in the quicksand of discontentment. He is complaining about what he doesn't have and feels like he needs. He feels distant from God and lacks true perspective of life. Then he begins to preach HOPE to himself... fighting the battle of hopelessness from the inside out, rather than letting the outside overcome him.