Jesus came to:
Because the two things the devil has done to people is:
Tell a lie Take people captive
Lies hold us captive – Truth sets us free …
What is happening in your life? Is it Jesus or the devil? Are you believing lies or the truth?
· If you are imprisoned you are deceived and believing a lie of the devil.
· If you have heard and believe the truth which is in Jesus, you have been delivered and are set free.
We can be free in Christ even when we are enslaved by other elements of life. Paul and Silas were the Lord’s freemen long before those prison doors opened and their chains fell off in Acts 16.
· Neither money nor the lack thereof is going to determine my wealth
Luke 12:15 A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.
· Situations and circumstances aren’t going to limit my joy
17 Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls:
18 Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will joy in the God of my salvation.
19 The LORD God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places.
1 Peter 1:8 … Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory.
· Pain will not determine my perspective
7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.
8 And he took for himself a potsherd with which to scrape himself while he sat in the midst of the ashes.
9 Then his wife said to him, "Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!"
10 But he said to her, "You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?" In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
· My peace is determined only by His presence
Philippians 4:7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
The lies of the devil imprison men and hold them captive in fear – the truth of God will set men free. Freedom is decided by what we believe not by where we are or what we are going through.
1 Corinthians 7:22 For he who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord’s freedman. Likewise he who is called while free is Christ’s slave.
The desire of the devil is to deceive us. It was in the beginning with Eve – the devil deceived her and made her think she was not what she could be or that she was relegated to some second class existence.
Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil:
1 John 3:8 … For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.
Jesus came to destroy the lies of the devil by proclaiming the truth and thereby setting the captives free.
Faith is a process of:
· Hearing before healing
· Believing before receiving
18 "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
19 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD."
Jesus came to tell and heal … It’s man’s job to believe and receive …
23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.
Matthew 9:35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.
What happens between hearing and healing? People get a chance to believe the truth and the truth will set them free!
17 And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases,
18 as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed.
19 And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.
Sad to say not everyone who hears the truth believes the truth. Not everyone believed Jesus was telling the truth.
Matthew 13:58 Now He did not do many mighty works there because of their unbelief.
Mark 6:5 Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them.
Jesus came to reveal the will of God. It had always been God’s will to include healing as a part of the benefits and blessings which belonged to God’s children.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Malachi 3:6 "For I am the LORD, I do not change …”
Psalms 89:34 My covenant I will not break, Nor alter the word that has gone out of My lips.
Numbers 23:19 "God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”
Exodus 15:26 "If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you."
Exodus 23:25 "So you shall serve the LORD your God, and He will bless your bread and your water. And I will take sickness away from the midst of you.”
9 Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments;
14 You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be a male or female barren among you or among your livestock.
15 And the LORD will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, but will lay them on all those who hate you.”
2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,
Psalms 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
1 Peter 2:24
Jesus came to save us from an eternity in hell and from the hell of this life. Sickness and disease is straight from the pit of hell and Jesus took our infirmities and sicknesses, pain and sorrows to the cross and then to the grave. Divine healing is a forever settled truth and no sickness has a right to claim the health of a child of God.
Brenda recently relayed to me a story she heard about a man who came into the living room to find his young daughter playing on the couch with a friend. When he walked past the girls he heard a strange sound underneath the couch. Upon investigation and much to his surprise he found that a rattlesnake had somehow decided to occupy that place in his house.
The man said that he never once wondered if the rattlesnake had a right to be there or if it was there to teach his daughter some lesson or if he should ignore it and hope it went away or that perhaps it was the will of God that his little girl get snake bitten or that for some reason this snake had a right to stay … he knew it was an enemy of all that was good and acted immediately to thwart any attempt or desire that snake to remain in his house. He was willing to do whatever it took to deny that snake rights to anything or anyplace in this house or power over his family.