When you think of prisoners, one would think of a person whom has committed a gruesome crime, sentenced to many years in prison, and with no hope of ever returning home or beginning again. At least, that was my way of thinking. Through this healing process, I realized that I was a prison of my own thoughts, my own beliefs, my own dreams, and my own life. I created this fantasy life where everything was perfect. Perfect wife, perfect husband, perfect children, and perfect home. Right…Wrong! I have come to realize that I was a prisoner, except I wasn’t behind bars. but was behind the lies, the anger, the hate, and the un-forgiveness. So, it doesn’t matter if you are not behind bars. If you are held behind anything that is hindering you from your purpose, you are a prisoner of it.
In Psalm, 146:7, it states, “Who executes justice for the oppressed, who gives food to the hunger. The Lord gives freedom to the prisoners.” I was reading my daily devotional one morning before getting ready for work and I can honestly admit I was a prisoner who needed to be set free, and the only way I was going to receive it was remembering, forgiving, and letting go of those things that held me bound. If God can give justice to the oppressed, food to the hungry, and freedom to the prisoners, then He could most definitely do all of that for me right now. When God said He gives freedom to the prisoners, He was speaking of either captive nations like Israel or individuals like Daniel from the lions’ den (Daniel 6:23), Peter from his prison house (Acts 12:7-10), and Jeremiah from the dungeon (Jeremiah 37:16-17). They all received deliverance from being imprisoned physically and spiritually.
In vs. 8 it states, ” The Lord opens the eyes to the blind; the Lord raises those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous.” My eyes have been opened to see the really issues of my life. Opened to refocus and to lift my soul up so that I am able to see the righteousness of God and the plans that He has for my life.
He further says in vs. 9, “The Lord preserveth the strangers; he relieveth the fatherless and widow: but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down.” When I read this, I could only think of a man that God reserved for me to relieve me from feeling and being fatherless for so long, and that man is Cool Breeze. God sent Cool Breeze for the replacement of my absent father, just like when God sent his son to die for our sins. And when His job was complete, Jesus was united back with His Father. Cool Breeze was sent to plant seed of love to many people, especially children without active fathers. Once his job was complete and once I really was no longer imprisoned by sin of un-forgiveness, Cook Breeze was united with his Father as well. And when Satan’s world was turned upside down, God got the victory (vs. 10)! Oh, how God send people into our lives to teach lessons for our salvation, to save us, and give freedom to the prisoners. This book is dedicated to the love and life of Cool Breeze, because without him in my life, I would still be behind bars.