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Taken Captive

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There is a movie being released this weekend based on a true-life story entitled, “Captive.” I have not seen it- - so I cannot endorse it, but I have been captivated by the backstory. 

In a nutshell, it revolves around an incident that happened to Ashley Smith in 2005 while living in Duluth, Georgia. She was held hostage in her apartment by a man named, Brian Nichols. He had been on a horrifying crime spree and happened to end up at her apartment. She was held captive by him for seven hours and she thought that he would surely take her life. However, Ms. Smith was able to convince him otherwise and eventually had the opportunity to call police which led to his arrest.

But that is not the story in its entirety. Ms. Smith has given several interviews as well as written a book about her ordeal where she has been very forthcoming about her life before this event. She is very clear about the fact that she was a captive to drugs long before being a captive of Nichols. She had been in and out of rehab and struggled with her addiction with meth for a long time.

This might be what is often referred to as a “Made for Hollywood” story. But I see it as just a real-life story that is repeated, in principle, all too often. People are taken captive every day. Sometimes they are taken captive by others, but most often by drugs or some other addictive behavior. Why do so many become prisoners? Well, in the words of Ashley, “It was a series of my own bad choices that led me to where I was.”

Bad choices will lead us into Satan’s prison every time. But thanks be to God and what He has done for us through Jesus, there is a way out! The Gospel gives us the key for unlocking the devil’s cell door. It is the truth of God’s word that sets is free (cf. John 8:31, 32). Further, Paul spoke of teaching the Gospel to those under Satan’s key so, “God may perhaps grant them repentance leading to a knowledge of the truth, and they may come to their senses and escape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will” (2 Timothy 2:24-26).

Have you been taken captive by Satan through your bad choices? If yes, why not seek your release through Jesus today? (cf. John 8:36).