Although I have fought in a physical war, I was never a prisoner of an actual war. I was however, at one time a prisoner of the spiritual war the rages on even still. For it is written.
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
2 Corinthians 10:3
3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
These are just a couple of prime examples.
Okay get the campfire going its side bar story time.
I had disconnected myself from the body of Christ, and nearly shut out the voice of holy spirit altogether. I was battling with many things at this point, PTSD, addiction, anger, lust, wrath, you name it. I was turning to the world for guidance instead of the ultimate problem solver. I was right where the enemy wanted me, losing hope and trapped as a prisoner of war. I had completely forgot that I had the key until I finally stepped back into a spirit filled church for the first time in forever. It was like I could breathe for the very first time. They helped set me free and get me to where I am now, through the guidance of Holy Spirit.
this short little back story is one of the things I am using to show what was promised in a previous post, that I would tell you some things on why we are here individually.(more will follow after this) At salvation, yes you are free from the laws of sin and death
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,[a] who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.
but at salvation you just got conscripted into a war(don’t be afraid though i finished the book, the good guys win), and your charge is to walk according to the spirit, to walk in the victory and power of the Resurrection, to put on the armor of GOD, to let your love for the father reflect in your actions and words if necessary.
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; 18 praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints—
(keep in mind the book of Ephesians was written by an actual man, who was actually in jail.)
and much like in a physical war we don’t leave anyone behind, so we should not only try and save those who are lost, but also go get those who have lost their way.(much like myself) and have become themselves prisoners of war.
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
Okay so like I said there will be more to come, and I always will close out with a prayer so.
My prayer is that we all put on the full armor of GOD and let it saturate the very fiber of our being, that we follow holy spirit wherever he may lead us that he may give us an encouraging spirit so we may guide the wayward back to he who speaks. and just that we may reflect his love light to the world around us and shine in the face of darkness. Amen.
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.