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Zephaniah 3:20

At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD.

What an awesome promise is given to us in this passage of scripture. “When I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the LORD.” The LORD makes a straight up statement with no prerequisites attached here. When I do it, He says. Not if or I’m thinking about doing this but rather when I do this. The LORD is going to turn back our captivity.

Now while this is certainly prophetic in reference to the future, it is also a promise to me now. My captivity is going to be turned back. What are we held captive by and what are we held captive to? We can be held captive to and by many things even as Christians. We can be held captive by the pursuit of money and materialistic things. We can be held captive by the pursuit of the next relationship and we can be held captive by the pursuit of the next great thrill.

Have you ever been held captive by a circumstance where someone in a position of trust in your life abused their privilege and power? The LORD assures us that our captivity is going to be turned back again. Who is going to prevent the LORD from turning our captivity back when He gets ready to deliver us? No one!

Captivity is translated from a word that means to restore someone to their former welfare and happiness. Job 42:10, “And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.” Think back to the time when you were the happiest in life. Some would seem to believe that being happy is a crime. That happiness comes from the LORD.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus today because regardless of what judgment has been rendered against you by church, family or anyone else, the LORD is going to turn back your captivity and restore your former happiness and welfare.

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