February 19, 20200

You have an innermost desire to be free, but the enemy has a stronghold on your life. There is a demonic spirit that keeps you in a holding pattern. It is a strategic design of the enemy, but Jesus has all power to set you free.

And 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 bowed together, and could in no wise could she lift herself. And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God (Luke 13:10-13).

The Message

What a glorious testimony. We don’t always share the stories of what we have really been through. Why don’t we share? Transparency is powerful, but it takes courage. Strength. It takes someone being delivered to share his/her truth. Someone needs to hear our stories to be set free. We must share our stories of the strongholds that kept us in bondage. We must expose the secret things that once crippled us.

Interestingly, we don’t mind sharing what makes us look good. In life, people look at the blessings and successes of an individual. The focus is on the arrival, not the journey. The journey to success and deliverance is in the beginning and the middle. Many cannot imagine the sufferings, lessons, tests, setbacks, highs, lows, and the ugly stuff that had to be endured to reach the destination. We just see the end. We camouflage our pain, hurt, and disappointments dreading that someone may see us differently.

We don’t share the negatives because we are afraid that people will judge us by our life experiences failing to look at who we will become in Christ Jesus. This may not sound like you, but it was unquestionably me. There were seasons in my life where I was stuck waiting for God to answer prayers. At least, this is the picture the enemy painted.

In the beforementioned passage in Luke, the woman depicted could not move forward. Stuck! She saw life from a place of defeat and brokenness for eighteen years. Nevertheless, her life would later be a testimony of God’s love and deliverance. She had a spirit of infirmity, a bodiless and invisible force that sucks the body of life, energy, and power. The woman was feeble, lacking physical strength and completely defenseless. This spirit was superior to her body.

Excerpt from my Book “Better than Yesterday”

Vicki L. Kemp

Wife, Mother, Evangelist, Author, Teacher, Administrator, Encourager, Founder of Harvest of Hope Educational Service, and an amazing and loyal Friend.

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