Online True-Life Ministries Today: Between the Prey, Mighty and Terrible.


Brethren, I bring you Calvary greetings. Our sermon today is taken from Isaiah 49 vs. 24 and 25. The bible asks in v. 24 “shall the prey be taken from the mighty, or the lawful captive delivered?” Big question, as we try to distinguish between what constitute the prey and the lawful captive. Some of us in our society today are preys to those who wield enormous power. Maybe you have been engaged in fruitless search for gainful employment for years and under that condition, the faint hearted might easily become a prey resorting to self-help for survival.

You may also be a lawful captive given a situation where you occupy an office, possibly an elected one, but stripped of the powers to make crucial decisions.  You are a lawful captive-like the case between godfathers and godsons. You are a lawful captive when you are elected into political office and commanded to dance to the pipers tune; your refusal like the numerous cases we have today is bound to spell doom and attract reprisal attacks. The “mighty” can be anything including leviathan, dragon, whatever constitutes a beast, a strong man; powers that subdue, cause depression, fear, grief and horror.  

The “mighty” could be an evil or a violent man, a satanic entity; poisonous, a serpent with the most gruesome acts of wickedness. So, what about the word “terrible”? This surpasses the “mighty” in every department of wickedness; we are referring to principalities, spiritual forces in High places, entities with the most vicious act of terror. They lack pity and often visit their victims with the most extreme act of destruction; darkness and sorrow; whenever the “terrible” are in operation, a whole nation can be held captive; nothing is beyond their imagination. People are famished and brought to their knees. But that’s where it stops.

Brethren, the bible says we have the capacity to overcome them. There are leaders today in our society who regard themselves as invincible; they are charmers and move about as emperors; they have forgotten they are mortals whose breath can suddenly size.

They go about causing misery, sorrow and distress even in time of peace. Conflicts that can easily be solved are allowed to drag into bloody confrontation; they have abandoned the people and pursue vendetta all in bid to satisfy their over stretched ego and maniacal dispositions. They have forgotten that “authority” and “power” can be used to influence development instead of “oppression” of the poor. But my message to them is to have a rethink and fret not in thy power for “not only shall the lawful captive be set free, even the prey of the terrible shall be delivered”.

But you cannot simply fold your hands; you have to do something; the bible says in 2 Chronicles 15 v. 7, “be ye strong therefore and let not your hands be weak; for your work shall be rewarded” Do not allow yourself to be cowed. Place your trust in God. Again, in Job 39 v. 22, the bible tells us “he mocketh at fear and is not affrighted, neither turneth he back from the sword”. No matter the fierceness of the situation, do not be afraid; be like the horse that turneth his back against the sword.  

No situation is bad enough to spark grief. In psalm 75 v. 7, we read as follows “But God is the judge; he putteth down one and setteth up another”! Praise the Lord. Brethren, fear nothing; stand your guard.  Only God can make and unmake. Those who boast are ignorant of the laws of nature. God is the only one that can make rulers and bring others down; it is not through party primary, elections or politicking.

There are situations today where people are trying to broker peace but those who reason they are immortals are insisting on exacting a pound of flesh. Psalm 146 v. 4 reminds us thus “his breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish”. Brethren, who is threatening you? Simply place your trust in God; fear no man. The world is in turmoil today because of violent men who have forsaken God and turned to their own wisdom and knowledge.

They plunder the wealth of their States as elected governors, amass illicit wealth and subject their people-those who elected them in the first place-to unimaginable misery, poverty while they roil in affluence, live in filthy mansions, beat their chest that they have conquered! I will have them know that they indeed exhibit animal traits! Human beings are taught to be reasonable and act wisely. Yet the preacher has said “all is vanity upon vanity”. Would they hear? In  Ecclesiastes 11 v. 5 “ as thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all”! Shalom.