Luke 13:10-13 Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. NKJV
Captivity of any sort is most hurtful and painful for the person or persons bound by some infirmity, disease, or bondage. We only have to read our newspapers or watch the local and national news to hear of all types of pain, heartache, affliction, and suffering men and women live under and many have given up seeking freedom or deliverance. Our world lives under the curse of sin and because the first man disobeyed God, we all have been taken captive by the destroyer known as sin. It would be abnormal to watch a news program and not hear about the actions of people that cause hurt to others. The first sinner known in the universe was the devil and it was him that deceived our first parents Adam and Eve into sin and it is the devil that desires to see all men and women bound in sin with no hope of freedom. It is the devil that blinds the minds of all unsaved people. It is the devil that can afflict men and women with spiritual infirmities such as alcohol, drugs of all types, sexual impurity of every sort, racial hatred, witchcraft, pride, self-righteousness, greed, jealousy, envy, and religion devoid of life, heresies, and a whole host of many others.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4 But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. NKJV
The opposite of infirmity or bondage is the sweet smelling aroma of liberty, deliverance, and freedom. It is only by the power of our Lord Jesus Christ that any person can know this sweet smelling and sweet tasting (yes sweeter than the taste of honey is to ones lips) freedom from infirmity and bondage. Our Lord was teaching in one of the Jewish Synagogues as He was always doing and a Jewish woman was there in the Synagogue with a spirit of infirmity haven been afflicted by the devil for 18 long years. The English word infirmity used in this passage (Luke 13:11) comes from the Greek word astheneia, which means feebleness (of the body or mind); malady, moral frailty, disease, sickness, or weakness. This list is a summary of the attacks the devil can inflict on a person as he was allowed by God to do to Job when he inflicted Job’s body with boils from head to toe.
Job 2:7 So satan went out from the presence of the LORD, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. NKJV
Luke 13:16 “So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom satan has bound --- think of it --- for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?” NKJV
From this verse (Luke 13:11) we see that the enemy can afflict someone with moral frailties such as pedophilia, lesbianism, sodomy, pornography, masturbation, fornication, adultery, incest, etc. and we can stop wasting money to try to find genetic links to these behaviors. The human heart is born sinful and out of it come all manner of sin and now we can add the attacks of spiritual infirmity by the devil to an already depraved sinful nature we can see clearly that only grace from our Lord Jesus Christ can make a person free. The Scripture (Luke 13:11) also says that this woman was bowed together or bent over. These English words can be translated in Greek by the word sugkupto, which means to be completely overcome. We can look today out our culture that is working so very hard to tell men and women bound in sexual perversion or impurity that it is normal when in reality they feel so strongly that this is who and what they are sexually because of what this Greek word tells us that they are completely overcome in or by this spiritual infirmity.
Psalms 38:6 I am troubled, I am bowed down greatly; I go mourning all the day long. NKJV
Psalms 44:25 For our soul is bowed down to the dust; Our body clings to the ground. NKJV
Psalms 145:14 The LORD upholds all who fall, And raises up all who are bowed down. NKJV
Psalms 146:8 The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; The LORD raises those who are bowed down; The LORD loves the righteous. NKJV
The Scripture says (Luke 13:11) that this woman could in no way raise herself up from her condition. Likewise those bound in any of these moral infirmities I have listed cannot simply walk away from these things in their own human strength or will power, they need deliverance and freedom and Christ is the only power that can provide such freedom. When our Lord saw this woman bound in her infirmity, He did not say to her owe how I love you just as you are and I accept you with this infirmity and I want to leave you in it. Of course He did not that is not the agape love that is Him, His love called her to Himself and it was His grace that He applied when He laid His hands on her and said to her, (Luke 13:12) “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” The English phrase “you are loosed” comes from the Greek word apoluo, which means to FREE FULLY, that is (literally) relieve, release, dismiss, pardon, (specifically) to forgive, to send away, to set at liberty; Hallelujah, Hallelujah, and Hallelujah!
Psalms 105:20 The king sent and released him, The ruler of the people let him go free. NKJV
Psalms 107:20-22 He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions. Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men! Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, And declare His works with rejoicing. NKJV
Psalms 116:16 O LORD, truly I am Your servant; I am Your servant, the son of Your maidservant; You have loosed my bonds. NKJV
Matthew 16:19 “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” NKJV
Matthew 18:27 “Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt” NKJV
John 8:32 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” NKJV
John 8:36 “Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” NKJV
Romans 6:18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. NKJV
Romans 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. NKJV
Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage. NKJV
Dear Lord Jesus, I pray for every soul bound in infirmity by the devil that they would stop listening to the world and turn to You Dear Precious Lord Jesus and receive deliverance, liberty, and be FULLY FREED from any infirmity from Your loving heart through Your hand of grace. I love You Dear Lord and I know You hear me Your son and with You all things are possible. Amen!
“God is a liar,” (satan) says. “He has deceived you, taken your freedom, and restricted your joy.” Satan’s lie is still the same today: “You can be free. Do whatever you want. It is your life. There are no divine laws; no absolute authority; and above all, no judgment. You will surely not die.” “God’s purpose in redeeming men from sin is not to give them freedom to do as they please but freedom to do as He pleases, which is to live righteously.” John MacArthur
“I have to get to the point of the absolute and unquestionable relationship that takes everything exactly as it comes from Him. God never guides us at some time in the future, but always here and now. Realize that the Lord is here now, and the freedom you receive is immediate.” Oswald Chambers
“The lost enjoy forever the horrible freedom they have demanded.” C. S. Lewis
“Free will carried many a soul to @#!*% , but never a soul to heaven.” Charles H. Spurgeon
“If you believe on the Lord Jesus Christ you are free.” D. L. Moody
“It is a fact that the Lord Jesus has already died for you. It is also a fact that you have already died with the Lord Jesus. If you do not believe in your death with Christ, you will not be able to receive the effectiveness of death with Him - freedom from sin.” Watchman Nee
If you do not know the Lord Jesus Christ and His amazing healing power, pray this from your heart to the Lord Jesus Christ (you speaking directly to Him), Dear Lord Jesus, I confess to You that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I believe You shed Your Blood and died for my sins. I believe that You rose from the dead proving that You alone are God. I repent of my sins. I want to turn from my sins. I ask You Dear Lord Jesus to come into my heart and take control of my life. I want You to be my Lord, Savior, and my God. Amen...
Sincerely in Christ,
Clifford D. Tate, Sr.
Author of “Silent Assassins of the Soul - Are you Broken by Pornography and Masturbation? You can be Restored by the Lord Jesus Christ and brought into Deliverance, Freedom, and Victory! A Guide for Men and Women in the Enemy’s Crosshairs” e-book available now @ Amazon Kindle, @ Apple I Bookstore for IPod, Barnes and Noble for Nook, Reader Store for Sony Reader, Kobo, Copia, Gardners, Baker and Taylor, and eBookPie…