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"A Word of Encouragement in a Time of Captivity"

By Betty King




Revelation From Jeremiah


Dear Saints,


Greetings in the mighty name of Jesus. We take our text today from Jeremiah 32.


In this chapter we find the prophet Jeremiah imprisoned by Zedekiah, king of Judah, for speaking the word of the Lord to him concerning the Babylonian siege of Jerusalem and the impending captivity of the Israelites. At this point in time, the Babylonians have closed in on the city of Jerusalem and in a short while will take control of it and burn it down.


Jeremiah, however, in his imprisonment, receives a word from the Lord that he is about to be approached by his cousin Hanamel with an invitation to buy a piece of land, and that he should purchase it when the moment comes. Shortly after, Jeremiah is indeed visited in the prison by Hanamel, who asks him to buy the land as expected, and Jeremiah agrees to do so as per the Lord's instruction.


In discerning the word of the Lord to us today, it is important for us to pay attention to the timings of these events. At the time when Jeremiah received the word of the Lord, he was imprisoned and under the guard of a compromised leader that had allowed the nation to be breached. The land was about to be seized and destroyed by the violent Babylonians, and yet it was at this very time that Jeremiah was instructed to buy a piece of land.


With all that was going on, everyone around Jeremiah would have said that the land was worthless and should not be bought. And this is exactly how it would appear to someone without the revelation and insight that comes through the Word and the Spirit of God.


Invest in God's Promises


The times and seasons of the earth, however, are truly in the hands of God, and He knew that although the immediate outlook was bleak for Jerusalem, there was yet to be a time of hope and restoration and that the people of Judah would eventually return from their captivity. His instructions to Jeremiah were a sign of that foreknowledge and hope and were, in themselves, a prophesy for a future beyond the one that was now in view. Jeremiah's obedience was an act of agreement and investment in God's promises for the future, and so when the request came for him to buy the land he found the money.  


Today, there are certain situations taking place in the world through which it might seem as though the enemy is in a position of power, and there are many that feel they are in a type of bondage or captivity. It is these things, rather than the voice of God, that have dictated to these people as to what they should do. What is needed instead, however, is for God's people to really hear His voice, and to make informed, faith-filled choices that are based on His promises, and not simply on the sight of the natural eyes.


Jeremiah had a right to inherit the land that he bought, and as kings and priests we too have an inheritance in God that is ours to claim, but too often the claims are not made due to unbelief and disobedience. Now is a time to be alert, because if you do not lift your eyes to see what He sees, you may miss the moment to act decisively. If you are looking for His deliverance, you will see the keys when they appear.


The Lord Will Set You Free!


When the word of the Lord comes to you with instructions like those that came to Jeremiah, pray for understanding. As Jeremiah sought God and had dialogue with Him concerning the act of obedience that he had undertaken, the Lord spoke to him and gave him insight into the dynamics of the situation, including the reasons why Jerusalem had found herself besieged by the Babylonians and on the brink of ruin. It is clear from what he heard that the people of Jerusalem had taken God's goodness, mercy and grace for granted and had become insensitive to Him and to the requirements of a godly life.


God's revelation of the reasons behind a negative turn of events is a sign of His mercy and goodness. Once the stumbling stones are identified to us, they can then be removed and the curses broken. We are in a season where we can dream with God from a place of promise and truly recover all, if we are humble and sensitive to what He is speaking and what He is doing.


I feel that many have already received instructions from the Lord for the times to come, but there are issues to be addressed and blockages that need to be removed. As you read this word and look over the Scriptures, pray for understanding and to see the Lord is pointing out to you. Once you've got it, hit the reset button by applying the Passover Blood of Jesus Christ, calling on His name, and acknowledging Him as Lord and Savior over all the areas of your captivity, and in whichever areas you feel bound. Look to the Lord to set you free from addictions, habits, attitudes, and compromises. He truly is a Passover Lamb without blemish. (Photo via Pxhere)


In ourselves we have nothing to offer Him but He has made a way for us to see the truth and put things right. When God gave Jeremiah understanding, it came with a promise of restoration. I believe the Lord is doing such a work of restoration with His people today. Recognize where you have been bound, and let the truth set you free and into the liberty that He's promised us. There are so many good reasons to be in His Word today and this is one of them. He is bringing you out and taking you through into the new season!




Father, You alone fully know the times and seasons of the earth. You know the plans that You have for us, to prosper and not to harm us, to give us a hope and a future. Let the eyes and ears of Your people be opened to Your instructions so that they will agree and obey regarding all You have set in motion for their deliverance. Shower Your people with understanding and shine Your light on the stumbling blocks that have caused bondage so that they can be removed. We thank You for freedom! We thank You for liberty! We celebrate You today, Jesus, because You are our Passover Lamb! Take us into our new season! Amen.




By Reverend Betty King

Betty King Ministries

Email: Toff@mail.com

Website: www.bettykingministries.org




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Albany, OR 97321


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