Friday 23 Mar 2018
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John 6:49 -50

Your forefathers ate the manna in the desert, yet they died. But here is the bread that comes down from heaven, which a man may eat and not die.


A Prisoner of Hope

Zechariah 9:12 Return to your stronghold, O prisoners of hope; today I declare that I will restore to you double.

While it is quite easy for one to read this passage and be delighted by the declaration and proclamation of double blessings, there is of course another salient point such must equally take to heart else such might be holding onto a bubble that would be deflated very soon.

Yes the word of God is meant to be a harbinger of good news of which we should be able to draw encouragement and hope , such as the passage today. But truth be told as powerful as the word of God is, it is not some magic spell that we cast on problems and we watch such problems melt away....far from it. The power in the word is often hidden in the little subtle and finer points which we often overlook. 
Those who are involved in the business of drawing up and signing contracts will testify to the fact that a 10,0000 , 30 pages long worded contract agreement that looked safe and secure can be consigned into the dustbin by one single line of statement or clause. You may commit the 10000 words to heart, but if you overlook that small line they call the finer print of the contract, the 10000 words remain nothing but a worthless piece of garbage.

What is the finer print in today's message? The passage mentioned 'prisoners of hope'....the blessing and declaration is meant for prisoners of we ask who is a prisoner of hope, and we need to ask ourselves also I a prisoner of hope?

A prisoner of hope is one who has set his heart upon the promises of God, in doing so such remained unflinching, unmoved and unfazed through the thick and trials of life, such remained resolute in the midst of challenges and setback, like the man declared righteous, 7 times he stumbled, but because he was a prisoner of hope , he got up, dusted himself and continued in his quest to see the promises of God in his life come to pass.

Let us put some context on this wonderful declaration of promise....70 years before this declaration was made , the Jews were about to be conquered and exiled into Babylon....that great promise came to them from God through prophet Jeremiah

Jeremiah 29:10 — 11 “For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Through the 70 years of bondage, there were remnants that fed on this promise, it kept them through the hardship, challenges and trials of living in exile, they used it to encourage themselves, they drank strenght and took the breadth of life from it, they saw everything in life through the lenses of this wonderful promise. They made their plans in line with it, they built and wove their lives around it, they did nothing outside of this promise, for them to live was to come into this promise, they simply became its prisoner and the hope it has on offer.

When the scripture declared that the expectations of the righteous shall not be cut off....the image of that righteous man is painted by the word ..the prisoner of hope. If you are a prisoner of hope, then rejoice for the word of God declares that from today henceforth, your restoration commences!

James 1:12
“Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”

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