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RECOGNIZING DEMONIC FORCES




Demon spirits often oppress people by causing physical ailments in their bodies. This was the case of a woman with a spirit of infirmity who was bound and oppressed by it for eighteen years. She was bowed together and unable to lift herself up (Luke 13:10-11). This woman was not possessed, but was oppressed by an evil spirit. Jesus discerned that a spirit of infirmity was causing her condition.


It was for this purpose Jesus had come! God anointed and empowered Jesus to heal and deliver those who were oppressed by the devil. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil


(1 John 3:8).


And when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, Woman, you are released from your infirmity! Then He laid (His) hands on her and instantly she was made straight, and she recognized and thanked and praised God.


(Luke 13:12 13, AMP)


When the leader of the synagogue reprimanded Jesus for healing on the Sabbath, Jesus said, “And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” (Luke 13:16, AMP).

One day, a man with a blind and dumb spirit was brought to Jesus. The demon oppressing this man had afflicted his vision and his ability to speak. After Jesus took authority over the spirit and cast it out, the man was totally healed: “Then a blind and dumb man, under the power of a demon, brought to Jesus and He cured him, so that the blind and dumb man both spoke and saw” (Matthew 12:22, AMP).


God never intended for man to experience sin, sickness, disease, or emotional and mental disorders. These negative forces entered into the world as a result of sin and are used by Satan to attack God's people.


It is time for us to recognize how Satan and his demonic forces are afflicting and oppressing believers. This is a major step we must take before we can take authority over the spirits of oppression, break their hold, and be loosed from their control.


Your spiritual eyes are being trained to recognize how Satan and his demonic forces are attacking, afflicting, and oppressing believers today. Your ears are being opened to receive divine revelation, and you are learning to use your mouth to articulate God's Word. You will know how to respond to attacks in your own life and how to liberate others who are bound by the enemy.


PRAYER:

My FATHER, My God, this year let my life reflect the blessing of the Lord, I shall not be static, I decree PROGRESS, FAVOR, HONOR, AND INFLUENCE are my portion. My life is SALTED, My speech is SALTED, My Home and Business are SALTED in the name of Jesus.

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