And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself (Lk. 13:11 KJV) Jesus was teaching one day and saw a woman who had a severe form of spinal arthritis that had severely deformed her shape. The scripture says
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) (2 Cor. 10:4 KJV) A stronghold is a term, best understood from the military perspective. It is a fortress or a castle which is fortified and presents stiff resistance to any attacking enemy forces. When
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called… (1 Tim. 6:12 KJV) The aged Apostle Paul instructs his son in the Lord with the words “fight the good fight of faith.” In fact, he was asking Timothy to do what he had just done in his life
And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm (Matt. 8:26 KJV) The disciples were in peril in the sea because of a great storm and were at risk of a shipwreck, except that
And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him (Mk. 1:25 KJV) Jesus taught us so apparently in the Gospel how easy rebuking demons can be as seen in the verse above. Jesus rebuked a demonic spirit from a man with the words “hold thy peace and come out of him.”
Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw (Matt. 12:22 KJV) As a Medical Doctor and Minister, one of the problematic truths I found in scripture is the connection between devils and diseases as noted above.
When the even was come, they brought unto him many that were possessed with devils: and he cast out the spirits with his word, and healed all that were sick (Matt. 8:16 KJV). Casting out demons was an integral part of Jesus’s ministry on the earth which was clearly dominated by teaching, healing and deliverance.
Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son (Colossians 1:13, KJV). We are already delivered from the power of darkness as believers. This is such an important truth to take hold of. The apostle John put it this way: “We know that we