Pastor Dwane Shares:
To be a POW is a critical point of misery and agony. It means inhumane, physical treatment and emotional pain – often to the point of lifetime debilitation. I recently had an in-depth conversation with a Vietnam Veteran. Fortunately, he was not a POW, but many war experiences held him emotionally and, to some extent, physically hostage. Even though he was a Christ-follower before Vietnam and has followed Christ closely since, he still bears the scars. He has worked on full recovery, but flashbacks of the ugliness of broken, mutilated and dead bodies and the ugliness of U.S. departure from Afghanistan brought back harsh memories. To some extent, he is still hostage to his past experiences.
Maybe your past or current experiences are holding you hostage. The Apostle Paul, with all the victory he found in Christ, addressed this hostage situation in his own life.
“I see in my members another law waging ware against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin.” (Romans 7:23-25 ESV)