WEDNESDAY’S WORD – RELEASE – 12/18/19 – Sadell Bradley

Sadell Bradley

Sadell Bradley

“Anything you can’t control is teaching you how to let go.”
-Jackson Kiddard
Control is the power to influence or direct people’s behavior or the course of events. I found the quote above to be eerily true, as there are many things over which we have no control. One thing we do control is our ability to release the things or people on which we have a physical, mental, spiritual, or emotional grip. The monkey’s willingness to release his grasp would give him the chance to have the banana without shattering the container. Clutching the banana leaves him hopelessly without both. To RELEASE means a lot of things: to allow or enable to escape from confinement; to set free; to allow something to move, act or flow freely; to remove restrictions or obligations from; to allow something to return to its resting position by ceasing to put pressure on it; to allow information to be generally available; to remit or discharge a debt; to surrender a right, or to turn over property or money to another person or entity.  

The power of release is part of Jesus’ ministry.“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me because the LORD has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom to the captives and release from the darkness for prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn and provide for those who grieve in Zion – to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of His splendor. (Isa. 61:1-3, NIV)  

The Mamertine Prison in Rome in which Paul was held, was dim, dark

and dirty. Known in earlier times as the Tullianum dungeon, its “neglect, darkness, and stench” gave it “a hideous and terrifying appearance,”- Roman historian Sallust. Prisons typically served as holding cells for those awaiting trial or execution. Prisoners were rarely sent there just for punishment. It is easy to see why someone confined would want to get out. Jesus is empowered to free us from situations that hold us captive and have us feeling trapped. He doesn’t just want to free us from the prison itself but from its darkness. Darkness is defined not just as the absence of light, but as evil, wickedness, secrecy, ignorance, unhappiness, distress, and gloom. It’s crazy how we hold on to darkness as if we have no other choice.  Release the darkness.

Jesus said in John 3:19, “This is the verdict. Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.”  We have a choice,8For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light9for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness, and truth…11Have no fellowship with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12For it is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13But everything exposed by the light becomes visible, for everything that is illuminated becomes a light itself. 14So it is said: “Wake up, O sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you…” (Eph. 5:8-9;11-14) I pray for release from darkness for us.

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ABOUT SADELL BRADLEY

ABOUT SADELL BRADLEY

Sadell Bradley, Pastor of The Warehouse Church OTR, is a dynamic teacher and worship leader, with over 30 years in ministry in various contexts including: as a conference speaker and trainer, music, worship and arts pastor, providing background vocals for various artists; as a campus missionary, and as a ministry development director.
Sadell’s main desire is to see people saved, healed, delivered and set free by the ministry of Jesus, the Word of God, and presence of the Holy Spirit. (Luke 4:18)

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