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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Be Loosed

“10 On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, 11 and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.” 13 Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.” (Luke 13:10-13 New International Version).

Are we where Jesus is? The passage tells us that He was in the synagogue, and a woman was there. So, she was in the synagogue. She was in the house of worship. She went to church, basically. Now, we know that Jesus is Lord and is omnipresent. He exists everywhere at the same time. Yet, there’s a lot to be said for being in the house of the Lord on Sunday, or whichever day you choose to worship on. There’s no substitute for being there. GOD will often use the pastor to pronounce healing or deliverance over you.

Let’s look at her healing. It had two parts. Jesus announced that she was set free from her sickness, disease, bone issue, whatever ailment the evil spirit put upon her that had her bent over. Then He laid His hands on her and she was able to straighten herself up. Sometimes Jesus heals with a word, sometimes with a touch, sometimes both. Are we willing to get into the church house to let Jesus work through the pastor? Are we willing to be seen?

This pandemic has caused many churches to close and not reopen. Yet, many other gathering places such as restaurants and theaters have opened their doors. Could it be that satan is working to keep people from getting back into the church house? Could it be that he is making many feel that virtual church is ok, that we can still get a word through livestream, that we can still get healed through livestream?

GOD is all powerful. If I am in need of healing, HE can heal me right now as I am typing this. My point, however, is that in the above passage the woman made an effort to get into the church. She was bent forward, unable to stand erect. If you stand up, bend over, and walk around right now, you’ll notice how your back begins to feel pressure after a while. If you continue in this position, your back will begin to throb and hurt. Pretty soon, you’ll be looking for the closest chair so that you can take a seat, but even this doesn’t rest your back because you’re still bent forward. The pressure is still there.

Jesus noticed her because she put herself in a position to be noticed. She put herself in a position to have hands laid on her. Whatever our infirmity is: addiction, sickness, depression, anger, rebellion, etc., are we willing to put forth effort like that woman and get into the presence of the pastor?

Now, this isn’t an article discussing whether or not you have to be in the church house to be healed. We know that isn’t true. There are many instances in the bible when Jesus healed outside of the synagogue. I’m sure we have personal testimony of how healing has occurred for us or someone we know, and it didn’t happen in church. What we’re talking about, however, is are we willing to go to the place where we know the gospel is being preached? Are we willing to carry our infirmity into the house of GOD so that our lives can be spoken over, hands laid on us, and healing occur? Are we willing?

“28 ‘Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.’ “ (Matthew 11:28-30 NIV).

May we all come to the LORD today and be loosed of our burdens, weaknesses, diseases, and anything that is weighing us down. “16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16 NIV). Amen (it is so, may it be fulfilled).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin known and unknown, and ask You, GOD, to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. Jesus, come into my heart and make me new in You. Save me, Lord! Jesus, you are Lord. Be Lord over my life. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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