The Captor

Recently a 5 year old little boy was kidnapped from his school bus in Midland City Alabama. An armed man walked onto the bus and demanded two children. When the bus driver attempted to step between the man and the children he was shot 4 times and later died. The armed man took 1 child to a bunker he had made behind his residence. This bunker is 4 feet under the ground. The FBI and other police officials have been able to communicate with the captor by a PVC pipe that extends up from the bunker. The child is still held captive today. There hasn’t been much information given to the public, we aren’t certain why he did this. To our knowledge the captor hasn’t attempted to negotiate the release of the child. The only truth we know was troubled. Neighbors called him ‘the mean man’, and the day after he kidnapped the child he was set to appear before a judge on menacing charges. Aside from these small details, not much more is known.

My heart breaks over this situation, it’s unsettling and troubling. Police officials haven’t been able to offer much help because the man has set this situation on his playing field; he is in control in this bunker.

I’ve prayed concerning this matter several times. I’m not trained to even begin to offer a solution on how to bring this child to safety, but like most individuals I say… ‘Do something! Why aren’t they doing something?’ I don’t know how to make this a good resolution, but my heart cries nonetheless. I found myself sitting in church and praying again concerning this child and suddenly my heart began turning toward similar situations all around us. The Spirit began revealing these truths as I prayed.

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” 1Peter 5:8

Many hearts and souls have been deceived. Some of those have been deceived by their own devices, and some have fallen prey to the devil’s tactics. Even still, they are captive; they are bound and unable to be freed by man’s advances. Their minds have been clouded. Their reasoning skills are impaired and they are seemingly unable to be freed. Strongholds have been formed. Some strongholds are easily noticed by others while some can only be known within a man’s heart.

I’ve counseled those whose only way of escape was found in a pill, or a liquor bottle. You may say their stronghold and captor is the bottle, but typically it goes much deeper. Initially, the substance was used for simple reasons…’I was depressed’…’I wanted to have a good time’….’I was hurting’…some said…’I wanted to escape reality, just for a little while’…and so they poured a glass or swallowed another pill. They found the numbness pleasurable to the pain they had grown accustom to in this life. Some found they like the man under the influence of the substance better than the man that they actually were. The real man was so plagued by insecurities and fear that they couldn’t enjoy experiencing life. It was easier to be ‘them’ with the help of the liquor or pills, and this is where the stronghold is formed…this is how it draws its strengths. Once the addiction is established an individual looses themselves. They don’t know how to be happy or confident on their own. They don’t know how to feel the pain of life without the numbness. The stronghold says… ‘You need the bottle, you need the pill to be a better version of yourself.’ So rational judgment leaves and selfish desires take over. When the stronghold isn’t being satisfied it screams out… ‘Do something!’ The individual will typically go to any means necessary to get what it wants, often times resulting in hurting the ones closest to them and breaking the laws set to govern us as a people. They are held captive in their mind.

Christians also become bound within their minds. Satan will so separate and individual from others when they are hurt or struggling that their feelings begin saying… ‘No one understands me’…’No one has ever had to go through all of this’… ‘Others have it easy and are so much more blessed’. When they feel they aren’t living up to the standards we as Christians hold, they begin to separate themselves from the church; the seemingly source of their guilt. In doing so, they become numb to the pulling of the Spirit. They feel more accepted in the world where they aren’t judged for their shortcomings, and there the stronghold begins to ground itself. Within the individual’s heart it says… ‘Why keep trying when all you do is fail?’ The battleground is set, an individual who keeps striving to live up to a standard instead of learning to make decisions regardless of their feelings.

And then there is a lost world looking toward the church and assuming the answers can be found within a faulted people. They see the struggle of the Christian whose flesh desires the world but whose spirit keeps drawing the back to God. They call those individuals hypocrites and make them examples of reasons to stay out of the church. Logic keeps them from believing in something they can’t see or touch, so they learn to trust their own selves and become prideful of their accomplishments.

So many strongholds, so many deceptions meant to bring people down and keep them from achieving what God desires for their lives. Satan draws them into his playing field where only the world can attract a cold heart. ‘Do what makes you happy.’… There the stronghold is formed and we begin following after feelings instead of truth. We are held captive, bound by the deceptions that Satan has told.

How many individuals do you know that are bound within their own minds? How many people do we encounter every day who hasn’t been told that there is a God that can free them? How many of us pray for revival within our church or community, but cant recall the last individual they shared the love of Jesus with?

We are called by Jesus Christ to love our neighbor. The Word teaches us that as followers of Christ we should be known by the love we show toward each other. The greatest love we can ever share is that of Jesus. It’s His love that can radically change a hardened heart. That love can break the stronghold that holds us captive. That love spoke through the ages of time and revealed itself to a young girl named Mary. She gave birth to the Son of God, Jesus Christ, and He would save the likes of you and I all because of love.

I’m praying for that little boy held captive tonight. My heart hurts for him. But tonight I’m also praying for the wisdom to reveal the love of God to a soul who needs to hear about Jesus Christ and the love that can save them. There is one who walks among us and seeks out whom he may devour, such as a lion seeks out his prey. But there is also One whose power can loose the devourer’s hold on lives. His name is Jesus.

Author: Britney Wilkes
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UPDATE to say the boy being held captive has since been rescued.
http://www.cnn.com/2013/02/06/us/alabama-hostage-aftermath/index.html?hpt=hp_bn1

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