Captive by the World
And God said unto Moses, I AM that I AM: And He said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you – Exodus 3:14.
The One who spoke with Moses declared Himself to be the Eternal One – Uncaused and Independent. Only the Creator of all things can call Himself the I AM in the absolute sense; all other creatures are in debt to Him for their existence. In addition, God the Creator declares His relationship with the people of Israel.
Moses was commissioned by God to return to Egypt to deliver God’s people from the bondage of the Egyptians. Pharaoh was afraid the Israelites may one day outnumber them and would organize and threaten his kingdom. So he made them slaves to kill their spirit and to stop their growth, but the more they were afflicted the more they grew. Moses had seen how the children of Israel had been treated prior to him leaving Egypt. He was Pharaoh’s daughter’s son, now he was being instructed by God to go back and tell the Israelites that God had sent him to deliver them. He needed something to get their attention to listen and to give them faith. God instructed Moses to tell them I AM that I AM. In other words, He was telling them I will be what you need Me to be.
The Israelites weren’t from Egypt, but they were living in Egypt similar to the spiritual Jew (But he is a Jew which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God – Romans 2:29. We’re living in the world but we’re not of this world ( They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world – John 17:16).
We’re just passing through; striving to get to heaven and on this journey, Satan is who we can call the Pharaoh of this world, has sent out his co-hosts which could be called Pharaoh’s taskmasters to do whatever they can to stop the progress of our journey and make it to our destination. Satan influences us with sin that is appeasing and the opposite of what God has instructed us to live.
The penalty of sin is death, both spiritual and physical. The moment Adam and Eve sinned they died spiritually. The god of this world comes to steal, kill, and destroy the relationship believers have with the Father through sin. Everywhere we go there is an influence to either listen to profanity, swearing, people’s dress attire influencing people to commit fornication or adultery. Entertainers who don’t serve God, but profess Christianity influencing believers to listen to their music and attend their concerts when the Bible has clearly instructed the believer not to entertain the things of the world.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you – 2nd Corinthians 6:17.
Both non-believers and believers idolize secular musicians as well as the singers and have made them their god. People will stand in line for hours to get into a concert, but if asked to stay in the church for more than 2 hours it’s too long. Unbelievers and believers will listen to secular music throughout the day, but will not take ten minutes to listen to gospel music or read their Bibles for ten minutes.
Ministers are supposed to be the Moses of today, they’re suppose to set the people free from the spirit of the world which is Satan. It’s the anointing that destroys the yoke of sin, but many Ministers are either too busy scheduling speaking engagements or the congruent are taking too much of their time, or they have to play many roles in the church because the congruent aren’t in their position to assist the ministers. In order to hear from God, we must be with Him, and we are with Him through prayer, fasting, reading, and studying the Bible. When we spend time with Him and adhere to His Word, then He will use the believers as He did with Moses to set His people free.
The church is where the people should be able to come and get deliverance, encouragement, spiritual growth, the gifts of the Spirit being in operation, but people are leaving the church the same way they entered. I AM needs to be in the sanctuary, and He only enters when He’s welcomed. We welcome Him through our praise and worship that is in spirit and in truth. Our spirit connects with His Spirit and He gives us a visitation to set the captive free, anoints, and appoints. We have to fight the good fight of faith to not allow the spirit of this world to influence our thinking, behavior, character, and desires to disconnect us from the Spirit of God.
The I AM that we need to set us free from whatever or whoever that has a stronghold in our life. Prayer is needed, and it starts with the believers when we get into our spiritual position. I AM will give us a visitation not only in our churches but in our homes, as well as our cars. Jesus came to set the captive free, and if you read the Bible, He was setting those free that was professing to be Christians! God will be what we need Him to be if we allow Him to be!
We all have appointed time with death, and once death comes, we can’t repent, we can’t ask for forgiveness. Whatever state we’re in when death comes when we wake up it will either be heaven or hell. God has given each us time to connect with Him. It’s through Him we receive deliverance from the spirit of the world. Many are captive and not aware they are captive by Satan’s influences. Spend time with God in prayer, spend time with Him through reading His Word. Fast so that your spirit will be opened to what He is saying, Jesus, came to set the captive free!