Prisoners of War

“When the King of Arad, the Canaanite, who dwells in the South, heard that Israel was coming on the road to Atharim, then he fought against Israel and took some of them prisoners.” Numbers 21:1
“So Israel made a vow to the Lord, and said, ‘If You will indeed deliver this people into my hand, then I will utterly destroy their cities’.” Numbers 21:2
“And the Lord listened to the voice of Israel and delivered up the Canaanites . . .” Numbers 21:3

To this day, Israeli soldiers are targeted to be taken as prisoners. Their enemies know how valuable their sons and daughters are and so use them to barter with and make demands.

Thank You Lord, for coming to set the captives free. And here’s a simple poem . . .

Freedom Fighters

Can I be okay
while there are those imprisoned
by politics and poverty
addictions and fears?
Teach me how to
reach out with You, Lord
to let them know
freedom is here.


  1. I salute all the freedom fighters that have the courage to follow God’s calling and sacrifice their comfort zones to comfort some.

    Thank you for this one Deb. This gives me so much to ponder upon — Can I be okay?

  2. “Teach me how to
    reach out with You, Lord”

    My prayer as well. I like that; the title too – ‘Freedom Fighters’. I’ll remember that tonight while fighting to set a few captives free.

  3. I like that you chose “with” instead of “for,” which inspired me to write:

    Yes, Lord, help us
    to always go *with*
    You in liberty
    more than *for* You
    out of duty.

  4. These last two posts express thoughts from a special heart. You live them out every day! I am so thankful for that.


  5. Thanks, Deb

    Sometimes I feel like I don’t do enough.

    “Can I be okay
    while there are those imprisoned
    by politics and poverty
    addictions and fears?”

    I can’t be okay … May He show us what to do and give us the courage to do it.


  6. Please pray for me, sweet spoon, that I am not okay today, in that regard! πŸ™‚ God bless you and your thoughts and actions born of Jesus!

  7. You are right . . .this is so what you do! πŸ™‚ Thank you and God bless you and the guys tonight, with His goodness and grace!

  8. Thank you so much Geoff! I love the dimension you added with liberty . . .and duty. Praying that He take all sense of obligation out of me today and replace it with desire and love. God bless you and yours and all you create with Him.

  9. Oh Theresa . . .that comment came from a special heart. Mine is is need of prayer, that I don’t just write things down but follow through. He is so good to remind me and show me! God bless you and your freedom in Jesus!

  10. I am praying that with you Ann. There are so many around me that are imprisoned is some way. Me too, some days. God bless you for the courage to not be okay for the sake of others.

  11. I’m not okay with their imprisonment…poverty, politics, addictions, fears. But I know that if I pray about it, and God makes a way, I can help someone.

    How blessed we are that we worship a God who will give us that chance. It’s all good…

  12. Somehow I didn’t think you’d be okay with it, Linda. πŸ™‚ God bless you as you take every chance He gives you to help someone become free. Thank you!

  13. Hi Deb,

    Recently I studied John 19 with some friends at our weekly Starbucks Bible study and the passion of Christ that was shared tore a hole in our hearts. However, we were quickly reminded by the Holy Spirit that we were not to mourn Jesus’ flogging and death but to celebrate because it was through His death that we have life eternal. We were to reflect on His suffering as the payment for our sinfulness but celebrate His resurrection which gave us new life.

    In much the same way, when there are those taken captive for the sake of the cross, we hurt for them and pray for their freedom but we celebrate with them for what God is about to accomplish through their lives and death.

    When we suffer, it does not mean our suffering is always because of sin but it sure gives us a new paradigm to praise God. Read Psalm 107 and praise God for His awesomeness that neither sickness, death nor suffering can take us away from the palm of our loving God.

    As always, I seem to have a different perspective and it’s probably because I come another side of the planet πŸ˜‰

    In Christ,

  14. I love and appreciate your different perspective! Thank you so much for taking the time to share it, to share Him, the One who suffered much so we could be free. I do not mind being help captive by Him! πŸ™‚ God bless you and your heart that celebrates Jesus!

  15. The night went very well. I could write a page but I won’t. Just wanted to let you know.

  16. Thank you Mike, for letting me know! Maybe this time with the guys will become a book of its own someday. πŸ™‚ God bless you and all you do!

  17. I like that prayer, Deb! There’s a light within that begs to shine, and I pray, too, that the lost will see. You’re a blessing and a light!

  18. God bless your prayers for the lost and the special gift of light/writing that He gives you to reach out with. πŸ™‚

  19. Deb, I love this prayer and your ‘Freedom Fighters’! That creates such a powerful yet non-forceful image of one aspect of what we are about as Abba’s children. The way you (and G. Pope) used the word ‘with’ instead of ‘for’ adds to the sense that we are not alone with God. On occasion I can feel that He is distant (like my earthly father often was-though he loved me), so I love the way you have painted this ‘with’ picture!

  20. Thank you so much for adding that, for showcasing that aspect of us not being alone. πŸ™‚ We are with Him and He with us . . .we just don’t “feel” it sometimes. So, so thankful my feelings aren’t all that counts!God bless you and soak you with His presence today.
    p.s. You are smart, just like Craig always says! πŸ™‚

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