Luke 13:10 - 17
ESV - 10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself.
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Satan is, in a sense, the source of all human sickness and imperfection. If humans had not yielded to Satan's original temptation to disobey God in a vain attempt to make themselves like God, their original perfect fellowship with God would not have been broken, and man would have remained immortal, as God had created man to be. The effects of that original fall into sin have corrupted not only man, but all of God's original creation, resulting in the presence of death, disease, and other physical ailments. I believe that it is possible for believers to be afflicted by Satan and his demonic followers (as the book of Job, for example, illustrates). But that affliction (whether caused directly by Satan or not) is no indication that the person in question necessarily did anything specific to have brought it upon himself. Rather, such trials are intended (as they were with Job) to demonstrate and refine our faithfulness, and deepen our trust in God, and our reliance upon Him. Also, those afflictions can only affect us to the extent that God's permissive will allows them to. In the case of the woman whom Jesus healed, her affliction ultimately worked not only to her own healing, but also resulted in the witness to Jesus that she provided, not just at that time, but over the thousands of years since. And it also served as a timeless rebuke to those who sought to limit God's working by the legalistic application of rules that God had given to man for man's own benefit.
John 8:36, “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” Can born again Christians be demon possessed? It is not possible. Christians don’t get demon possessed, however they can be demon oppressed and influenced. What is the difference between the two? To be possessed is to be owned by someone or to be controlled, dominated, in other words, be a master’s slave. Born again Christians are not owned or mastered by demons, they do not belong to the devil, 1John 4:4, “Ye are of God little children and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you than he (demons) that is in the world“. We are of God, automatically we have overcome them. Though we can’t fight or have no strength to fight, Him present in us is enough to scare the demonic forces, why? James 2:29, “You believe that there is one God; You do well. Even the demons believe and tremble”. The battle is not primarily against a believer but the truth a believer possesses, fighting God in a believer. Now let’s look at the word “oppressed”. Oppressed is to keep down by severe and unjust use of force or authority. It is to weigh heavily, to overwhelm with an aim to crush. The work of the devil and his demons on Christian is to keep them down, accuse them, use force and authority to make sure he is down. He goes about putting heavy things on the back of Christians to overwhelm them. He is constantly looking for loop holes to come in and oppress, but thanks be to God for a strategy to overcome, 1Peter 5:8, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil as a roaring lion, walks about seeking souls he may devour”. Being sober is being aware of the tactics of the enemy and when he strikes. Being vigilant is always being alert for we have seen, he is always walking about trying to find those who are not sober and vigilant. He is roaring (like) a lion, that means that he is not the lion he tries to sound like one. This can be looked at in two ways, when he roars like a lion, if you are not careful, you might think that he is the lion and blame Christ for all that you are going through. The bible says, “My sheep knows my voice” therefore we have to distinguish between who roars like the lion and who is the Lion. Jesus Christ is the LION OF THE TRIBE OF JUDAH! Why is this so important? Because we were not called into bondage but into freedom and freedom only comes from and through Jesus Christ. Everyone at times get oppressed through failures, sickness, confusion, frustrations, bitterness etc. You want to be free but can’t seem to find that freedom. Here is how the freedom comes about, Isaiah 10:27, “It shall come to pass in that day that his burden will be taken away from your shoulder, and his yoke from your neck and the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing“. We have a burden of heaviness laid on us by the enemy to oppress us, the bible says that it has to be taken off the shoulder. The yoke is the next in line, when you are oppressed, the enemy tries very hard to lead you to his ways and you are fighting to walk in God’s ways. So the yoke has to be taken off. Here is the key, “And the yoke will be destroyed because of the anointing“, if you take off the yoke and put it aside, it’s easy for it to be slipped back. If you break the yoke, there is a possibility that it can be put back together. If you destroy it, case closed! Look at even documents, if the evidence is destroyed, nothing can be done to bring them back but if you just tear them into pieces, it’s easy to try and put them back together and make some sense out of them. The anointing from above destroys the yoke never to be put back together, Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” John 8:36, and what better tool to free oneself from the oppression but by the Inspired, Inherent, Sufficient Word of God. That is our weapon mighty in God to free us. It’s the tool by which we become sober and vigilant. Blessings Ev
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