Summary: A person under bondage cannot enjoy the blessings of Abraham. The Bible tells us that the blessings of Abraham extend to both our physical and material prosperities. If the spirit is sick, the sickness would affect the physical and this explains why the d
ABRAHAM’S CHILDREN IN TROUBLE PART 1
Dr. D. K. Olukoya
Beloved, this week, we are looking at the first part of a message entitled, “Abraham’s children in trouble.” We shall be praying as we go on with the message.
Luke 13:11: “And behold there was a woman which hath a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together; and could in no wise lift up herself.” This means that a sickness could be engineered by a spirit and in such a case; doctors are virtually helpless since their knowledge can only deal with the physical and not the spiritual. Applying a physical solution to a spiritual sickness will only worsen the situation, as the physical medication will only act as a fertilizer to strengthen the problem. This may also result in the victim acquiring a new demon that may make him become a drug addict. If you have any infirmity in your body, you have a wonderful opportunity to deal with it, for God does not design infirmity for His children, because He knows that they will not be able to serve Him with infirmity. Although having the spirit of infirmity will not disqualify one from getting to heaven, but it will ravage one’s body here on earth. You cannot do much for the Lord with a sick body. Infirmity may be ravaging your body whilst your spirit can make it to heaven. Therefore pray a prayer of command like these:
1. I cast out every spirit of infirmity, in the name of Jesus.
2. Every owner of infirmity, carry your load, in the name of Jesus.
The woman in our text was tormented by the spirit of infirmity for 18 years. Close your eyes and pray the following prayer points:
1. Every longstanding infirmity, I destroy your feet by fire, in the name of Jesus.
2. I refuse to live with any sickness, in the name of Jesus.
Doctors certainly have terminologies for all sicknesses, including the spiritual ones. Luke 13: 12: “And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, woman thou art loosed from thine infirmity.” Jesus could see the rope with which she was bound hence he loosed her from it. Verse 13 – 16: “And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day. The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering? And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?”
Her adversaries were not bothered about her plight but were more concerned with the breaking of their law. They wanted people healed only from Monday to Friday but not on the Sabbath day. These were enemies right inside the church! I pray that those who are not happy with your progress shall be disgraced, in Jesus’ name. Beloved, the interesting thing here is that though that woman was a daughter of Abraham, she was in bondage by an invisible rope. By great faith in God, her spiritual father, Abraham, was made a source of blessings to the whole world and she, like many today, must have appropriated the blessings to herself. In spite of this she was still in bondage.
Abraham did not have access to the reference and study Bibles as we have today. He had neither the computer Bible nor any example to follow, yet he exercised a high level of faith that even challenged God to make him a source of blessing to the whole world. This is why people the world over tend to appropriate the blessings of Abraham to themselves. But then, who are the children of Abraham?
THE CHILDREN OF ABRAHAM
Galatians 3:6-16: “Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but, the man that doeth them shall live in them. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.” Verse 29: “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”