Why Christians Suffer Needlessly (Part Two of Two)
(Continued from Part One of Two)
I then went to Luke 13 and the story of the lady who was bent over at the waist. The story tells us in verse 11, “There was a lady present who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years, and was bent over at the waist and could in no wise raise herself up.” And in verse 12 Jesus said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And in verse 16 Jesus said, “Ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, who Satan has bound, for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?”
We are told by Jesus where our health problems and afflictions come from that also affected the paralyzed man in John 5, and the woman with the issue of blood in Luke 8. Jesus said this woman in Luke 13 had a spirit of infirmity and we are told by Jesus that this spirit was from Satan and because she was a descendant of Abraham, she was entitled to be a whole person, not afflicted by a spirit of infirmity that was stealing her livelihood. This lady had been delivered from her spirit of infirmity on the day God made His covenant with Abraham back in Genesis 15, but she hadn’t been taught her covenant rights at the synagogue she attended. So Jesus asked the religious leader who should have taught her her covenant rights under the Abrahamic Covenant, “Ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham be loosed?” Do you understand what Jesus is telling us in this story? Religious practices lead to bondage because religious leaders do not instruct their followers what their covenant rights are. And because they don’t teach their congregations their covenant rights, their congregations are oppressed, sick, broke and disgusted.
Jesus did not come into Israel preaching a new gospel to the children of God. He taught them their covenant rights under the Abrahamic Covenant which included healing, deliverance, and victory over death and then demonstrated it before the people. When Jesus came into Israel devils were operating freely among God’s children afflicting them with every malady known to man, just like they are doing in the modern-day church. Religion is only a form of Christianity. Religion picks out the parts of God’s Word they like and discards the rest by saying that part of God’s Word passed away with the apostles. What that does is assist Satan in binding up God’s people and allows him to run amok among their congregations doing as he pleases. Not so with true Christianity as Jesus proved. Jesus told the religious leader that this lady had a legal right to be a whole person because of the covenant Abraham had with God.
Now let me bring this home. We have a better covenant with God than this lady had through Abraham because our covenant relationship with God is through His Son, Jesus Christ, the Word of God, who was slain for our sins and served our penalty in hell. Because of the covenant between Jesus Christ and His Father of which we are the beneficiaries; we don’t have to be oppressed, sick, broke and disgusted. Why? Because we were set free of the power of Satan on the day Jesus died. Jesus came into Israel doing for God’s people what the religious leaders should have been doing. He was teaching and applying God’s covenant rights to the lives of everyday people. The modern-day church has the same mission. In Matthew 28 we have the commandment from Jesus to go into all the world and teach the people what He had personally commanded His disciples to do back in Matthew 10:5. “These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them saying… And as you go, preach, saying, the kingdom of God is at hand, heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils, freely you have received, freely give.” I know someone will say, “Jesus only sent them to the lost sheep of Israel”, I know that but they had not yet been baptized in nor filled with the Holy Spirit which wouldn’t take place until later, at which time they were ordered to go first to Jerusalem, then to Judea, and to the outer most part of the earth. Point number two, Jesus had not yet died and established the new covenant under which they would working and teaching from.
The work Jesus did created a powerful force of jealousy and separated Him from the religious leaders. They considered Him a threat to their power structure and control over the people. Religion has the same problem today with a real Christian. When a man of God comes preaching God’s Word in its fullness and miracles begin to happen wherever he goes; that man is said to be doing the work of Satan. They also said the same thing about Jesus when He was on the earth. So we are in pretty good company don’t you think.
Sickness and disease is an illegal act by Satan that robs life from God’s children. What right does a criminal have to inflict pain and injury upon law abiding citizens? None. That criminal act is against the law, or illegal and Satan is a criminal who has already been sentenced to death for what he has done, and is doing. Ignorance of what God has done for us allows Satan’s criminal actions to take place just like ignorance of her covenant rights allowed Satan to do what he did to this lady in our story. She suffered horrendously for a long time because her religious leaders turned a blind eye to Satan’s activities and to her painful condition. Do you understand that? Their concern was for what they could get from her, not what they could do for her. The times haven’t changed; the same devils are operating in the world today that were operating in Israel at the time of Christ, so Christians are still being bound by Satan because they are not being taught their covenant rights by their pastors. Knowledge that would allow them to live free of the power of Satan. What we don’t know and aren’t being taught by our pastors allows Satan to come into our life and oppress us, bind up our health, finances, minds, relationships, and so many other things before those things kill us off.
Every Christian has a responsibility to read God’s Word for themselves. If we really want to know the truth about why Jesus had to die and our covenant rights, we need to blow the dust off our bibles and start a daily reading program and ask God to direct our studies and find a church where the whole Word of God is being taught. You only benefit from what you learn if you apply it to your life. There is no other way to enjoy the freedoms we have been given in Christ Jesus. And in conclusion to my message on suffering needlessly, the book of Genesis tells us Satan is under our feet if we have repented of our sins and made Jesus Christ the Lord of our life. The book of Galatians tells us we have been adopted into the family of God and have become His children… now go and exercise your God given rights as a child of God and crush Satan’s head with the heel of your foot as you have been directed by God Himself. DThrash
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