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Day 289: Happiness in Captivity

CityLight Church’s One Year Bible Reading Plan
Friday, October 16th, 2015
Jeremiah 28:1-29:32
1 Timothy 1:1-20
Psalm 86:1-17
Proverbs 25:17
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Commentary from Pastor Michael White:

And seek the peace of the city where I have caused you to be carried away captive, and pray to the Lord for it; for in its peace you will have peace. – Jer 29:7

God allowed His people to be taken captive to protect them from destruction. Captivity is never God’s will; He never causes captivity. Captivity is the result of our own disobedience. However, God will sometimes permit captivity (lack of forward progress) to protect us in the long run.

I have had many times in my life when God sheltered me to protect me from myself. I am a dreamer, and so are you. We all ask for big things from God, knowing full well we are not ready to receive them. Thank God He prevents us from receiving our breakthrough until we’re ready to carry the weight of His calling!

It’s ok to dream. But happiness starts now. Happiness is a decision. Choose to be happy where you are. Pray for the city, the community, and the church where the Lord has you in this season. He will deliver you when He is ready. Until then, know that you are here for your own protection. Know that as your city prospers, you will prosper!


Father, thank You for protecting me from myself! Thank You for causing me to prosper where I am planted. I am Your humble servant, and I cannot wait to work for Your will!

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