Sunday, November 6, 2011

Healing from satan's Bondage (National Adoption Month Day 6)

As I sat in Church this morning and listened to our preacher speaking from the truths of the Bible, something he said hit me over the head and went straight to my heart.

It was based on a verse that I had NEVER seen in this way.

"On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 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.
Indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, the synagogue ruler said to the people, 'There are six days for work. So come and be healed on those days, not on the Sabbath.'

The Lord answered him, 'You hypocrites! Doesn’t each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or donkey from the stall and lead it out to give it water? Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?'

When he said this, all his opponents were humiliated, but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing."
Luke 13:10-17

Listen to this verse.

"Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?”

She was bound by satan. Sin, illness, disease, evil,...the crisis of our orphaned children around the world are a result of the one that "prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8).

If we wonder why satan hits when we seek to encompass a child...to love them when we don't have to, but are privileged to...this verse tells us why.

We are taking what satan has attempted to claim.

When a child comes out of an institution and comes to know the love of God. The loss is felt greatly by the father of lies. ("When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies."John 8:44b)

he is claiming victory, when he knows he will be defeated.

When a child is brought into a family, into love, into security, into a plan God has set forth....we are punching satan in the gut. We are hitting him below the belt.

...and let me tell you...it feels good.

Oh, he puts up a fight. Yet, he will not win. It is a fight that is already lost.

We are bringing him to his knees, subjecting him to the obvious truth of God's power...His victory.

We need to stand on chairs, scream it from the mountain tops, and scale to the highest peaks.

For God set adoption in His plan. He set it in motion. He has blessed it. We cannot ignore the triumph of GOD when a family is formed and a child is brought beyond the boundaries of their loss.

"Not only so, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies." Romans 8:23

GOD'S PLAN

We cannot ignore it. We cannot pretend to live in comfort and buy into satan feigned victory.

We cannot...

God's plan is bigger than us. Just as this woman fought for 18 years, we must not give up either.

Let's kick satan to the curb.

Let's make this not about a month recognizing adoption, a sermon, a speech....let's make this a millennium of victory for God.

Let's bring HIS children home.

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