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Saturday, December 10, 2011

Be Set Free From Your Infirmity

"and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God" (Luke 13:11-13).

"When one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table. A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume. As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them" (Luke 7:36-38 NIV).

Spiritual bondage is the state of being spiritually bound so that you cannot function or live the way you were designed to function and live . . . The root cause of the spiritual problem is idolatry in one form or another. (wiki.answers.com)

All of us are in bondage to somone or something. We all worship "false gods." God makes it very clear He does not want to share our affection or adoration with any other person or thing! And yet, because we are human, we cannot help ourselves. Even when we know we are in bondage to this sin, we often feel powerless to break the bond.

But God, in the form of Jesus Christ, swoops in to help us. Because He became human, He understands our human propensity to sin--and our weakness in the flesh to break our bondage. When we face our sinfulness, we are like the woman with the alabaster jar--offering that thing which keeps us in bondage up to God--that which keeps us from a right relationship with Him.

"Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory" (Romans 8:12-17 NIV).

My prayer for you is that you call out to God, begging Him to help you break the bondage of sin. And that you rejoice that you are an heir of God and co-heir with Christ.

Blessings on your journey,

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