Back From Captivity

So I was reading in my Bible… one of my FAVORITE verses – Jeremiah 29:11 “”For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to give you hope and a future.” …

I have quite a large section highlighted in my Bible so I continued to read vs 12 “Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.”

vs 13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.”

vs 14 “I will be found by you,” declares the LORD.”

But the astounding part is the next line of verse 14 that I have underlined in black pen from a previous time of reading this particular Truth in the Word –

“and will bring you back from captivity.”

Wow!  So, if you keep up with my blogs you know that I walked through a very dark time in my life recently.  I have never felt more bound in all of my life.  As I look back at those months when I felt so hopeless and oppressed and the lies of the enemy were so overwhelming… BUT GOD … God’s Word is true. 

“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, and will BRING YOU BACK FROM CAPTIVITY.”

Whoa!  I can picture myself with my face down on the floor; screaming and crying… like a soul cry…. A deep agonizing cry….  Pleading with God to take away the confusion, clutter, pain… and just lying there because there was nowhere else to turn… I knew only He had the answers and that only He could deliver me.

He brought me back from captivity. 

I don’t know why God does what He does or why He allows things to happen in our lives – but I do know that He is good – so whatever the reason for pain and suffering brought forth by the enemy of our souls – I know God works it out for good for those who love Him.

Genesis 50:20 NLT – Joseph speaking to his brothers –  20 “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.”

Same goes for the enemy of our souls… He meant evil against me – but God knows what He’s doing and if I can stand here, free, telling you that there is hope for you and call Satan out for the liar that He is – then let’s get it on!!! 

I remember when I was walking through captivity and I felt like NO ONE could understand… no matter how many times I tried to explain it – no one understood me which made me feel even more alone and isolated.  BUT GOD… God understood and even though I felt like He was a million miles away at times – He wasn’t.  He was right there.  He heard every cry and caught every tear… and brought me back from captivity.

Don’t give up!  NO MATTER WHAT! This too shall pass.

Eyes on Jesus,

April

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