“And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.”” (Luke 13:11-12, ESV)
Very interesting story…was the “disabling spirit” the actual manifestation of the physical disability, or was the “disabling spirit” taking opportunity in the situation?
I believe the latter. The woman in the story had a condition that caused her to be in pain and hunched over, and in addition, there was a spirit that took advantage of her unfortunate circumstance by creating an atmosphere of disability around her life. It wore her down. It created a mind of illness and a lifestyle to fit it. It stole her heart for living.
To understand the story in fullness, we need to see that Jesus did more than just heal the woman’s body from a demonic spirit. He healed her of a broken mind. He freed her soul of the dominating effects of a real-life disease and all the judgments that came with it.
Consider our own lives. Our struggles and issues do more than just produce symptoms in our body. There are spirits at war for your heart and mind.
So, while you are on your way to your healing, seek to be free of those spirits, today! Pray with me, “Jesus, you are the Lord over all things. Today, I declare that I will live under your reign and love no matter what my outer shell looks like. I ask you to heal my life and body. And while the answer is on its way, I deny my enemy any stronghold in my mind or heart. In Jesus’ name, amen!”