"When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity" (Luke 13:12)
The renowned charismatic Televangelist preacher, TD Jakes, has sung a captivating song, "Woman Though art loosed", based on an incident where one day a tortured woman who had been paralysed with an infirmity came up to Jesus and he healed her. This woman's physical infirmity was quite obvious to everyone. For she "had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all" ( Luke 13:11).
Her story is important for us to reflect on because any of us may suffer from physically limiting conditions, perhaps clear to every one but also those not as obvious. And just as we see there was a spirit binding her, any person even in the present age could be bound by a spirit of some wicked and devastating form.
There are spirits of anger that control certain people often causing them to act in the most senseless manner, destroying relations. Some people are bound by spirits that crave for alcohol, locking them into crippling poverty, as they exhaust all their earnings in booze. There are spirits of sexual addictions that end up ruining lives and families. Spirits of infirmity are not just those that press us in wheelchairs. They do exist all over and we need to be discerning of them.
In this crippled woman's case there are two things that must catch our attention. First, this woman was bound for a good solid 18 years! This shows just how nakedly evil and brutal Satan can be once he gets hold of a target. When we are warned to get "stay away from all evil" (1 Thessalonians 5:22), it is for our good to keep far from the evil one, seeking to "steal, kill and destroy" (John 10:10).
Secondly, we notice this woman came to a conscious realisation that there was a spirit crippling her, and the answer to her tribulation was to take the matter to Jesus. Sometimes we can suffer needlessly with cancers binding us, and we imagine there is no escape, yet there is a way out by bringing whatever is pressing us down to Jesus. To come to that point one must concede there is a problem first. And then go to the Lord Jesus who is waiting to say, "Stand up, though art loosed!"
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, just as the crippled woman came to Jesus who touched her with his healing hand, today I come and surrender my life to you and anything that might be pressing me down, for your complete deliverance, this I pray in Jesus's name.
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!