Taking Captivity Captive!
Awake Awake; Put on thy strength O Zion; Put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city; for henceforth there shall no more come into the the uncircumsised and the unclean (Isaiah 52:1.)
God says open your eyes, lift yourself out of the place whence thou art fallen, stir up the gifts and dreams God has placed in you. As children of God, we must come to know and understand that there is a spiritual strength that comes from faith in God. The word strength here means to be secure, loud, bold, mighty, powerful, and forceful in the kingdom of God. When we are born again we are made to be in right standing with God (righteous in God); therefore we are in a place of security. We are no longer dependent upon our own ability. Ephesians 6:10 says be strong in the Lord and the power of His might - His willingness and ability to work a miracle on your behalf no matter what your circumstances may be. He is willing and able to do that which seems impossible in your life! Proverbs 28:1 says the wicked fleeth and are fearful and weak when no man pursueth; but the righteous are bold as a lion. If you have ever observed a lion's characteristics he is confident, disciplined and secure. He knows who he is. He's the king of the jungle and he is a conquerer. In Romans 8:37 the Bible says that we are more than conquerers and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us! The kingdom of God suffereth violence and the violent seize it by force as a precious prize, a share in the heavenly kingdom which is sought out with zeal and intense exertion (Mathew 11:12). Force means to seize something, the violent are those who are active in their salvation and the salvation of others. Strength is available through God we just have to put it on daily as an act of faith. When we come to personally know Jesus as our Lord and Savior we begin to tap into that spiritual strength which is unmeasurable and endless.
In the text above God calls his children O Zion, Zion speaks of a high place which is a place of permanence, God has brought us to this place at this time to establish His word in us. A place where we cannot be moved. The scripture goes on further to say put on thy beautiful garments- here God is not speaking of an outward beauty the word garment represents a spiritual covering, robe, or wardrobe. These garments are given to you at salvation (which is the spiritual birth) purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ through his death, burial, and resurrection. Isaiah 61:10. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord my soul will exalt in my God: For he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation he hath covered with the robe of righteousness. This salvation "Yasha" includes liberty to be free from sin, sickness, and disease; to be delivered, prosperous, and victorious in every area of our lives.
Righteousness is to be made right in a moral or forensic sense, to be cleansed and justified, and to be in right standing with God. In Roman history forensics were used to determine a criminal offense. The person being accused of the crime and the accuser would present their case. The person with the best argument would win the case. Jesus has already argued your case when he died on the cross for your sins. Yet grace (God's unmerited favor) was given to each of us individually not indiscriminately, in porportion to the measure of Christ's gift. Therefore it is said, when He ascended on high, He lead captivity captive and gave gifts to men Ephesians 4:7-8. (The verdict is in you win not guilty)! We have been rescued out of captivity (Isaiah 52:1) for henceforth there shall no more come unto thee the uncircumsized and unclean. We will not be invaded by the enemy anymore. We are to assert our own liberty in Christ Jesus. Go forth and discover who God is and take captivity captive in your life!
Asst. Pastor Dannelle Meaux-Johnson