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  • Writer's picturePastor Rusty Owens

Releasing Captives

– Pastor Rusty – March 22, 2024

“Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.” Luke 6:37 ESV

The law of reciprocation is the law of the Kingdom. It is classic sowing and reaping. Depressed Christian’s seem to reach out to the world for answers when it comes to mental anguish, anxiety, and depression. The answer to these problems and more sometimes can be traced back to simply functioning OUTSIDE the Kingdom parameters that Jesus taught. He was and is the world’s leading expert on the Kingdom. He taught on how to live in the Kingdom. Here are three big steps for living life in the Kingdom.

1. Do not judge! This is simple but true. When you judge you are placing yourself in the position of being above reproach and you are willing to cast the first stone. Understand with the same measure you dish it out it will be measured unto you again.🧐

2. Do not condemn! This is the sentencing phase of passing judgement. If you are going to help people out of darkness you have to break league with these two spirits. When you become critical in your thinking you are functioning in this seat, and you are opening yourself up to mental anguish. You cannot have peace and have a critical spirit simultaneously. You will have one or the other.

3. Forgive! Release the captives in your life. Family members who have wronged you, business partners who have stolen from you, spouses who have betrayed you. Learn the power of opening prison cell in your heart and let the captives go free. In doing so you release your self from anger and self loathing, bitterness and hatred. Your mental well-being depends on it… and you’ll sleep the sleep of the righteous.

“Father, teach us to forgive… Always! Help us with this process of releasing the captives in our lives and deliver us from judgmental behavior. Teach us to show compassion and mercy in Jesus' name… Amen!”

“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants. When he began to settle, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. And since he could not pay, his master ordered him to be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and payment to be made. So, the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you everything.’ And out of pity for him, the master of that servant released him and forgave him the debt. But when that same servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii, and seizing him, he began to choke him, saying, ‘Pay what you owe.’ So, his fellow servant fell down and pleaded with him, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you.’ He refused and went and put him in prison until he should pay the debt. When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly distressed, and they went and reported to their master all that had taken place. Then his master summoned him and said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you pleaded with me. And should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy on you?’And in anger his master delivered him to the jailers, until he should pay all his debt, so also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive your brother from your heart.” Matt. 18:23-35 ESV

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