While pregnant with the twins I was on bed rest for almost four months. If I moved from the bed to the sofa, I would have contractions for an hour. So I stayed in bed, and Brian and Hannah did everything for me. I was helpless and useless. It really didn’t matter how much I wanted to be well and to be involved in life, I could not. I was controlled by the contractions. Brian and Hannah had to meet my every need. They would bring me food, water, and clothes. Without their help we would not have been able to celebrate the delivery of twins.
Life lesson: Help is essential
I was reminded how essential help is while reading the story of the Gentile woman in Matthew 15:21-28. She came to Jesus seeking healing on behalf of her daughter. The mother emphatically pleaded for healing from Christ. She would not take “no” for an answer. She was desperate and interceded on behalf of her daughter. Because of her persistent faith, her daughter was healed.
Isn’t it so interesting that the daughter did not seek healing on her own? Her mother, seeing and recognizing her imprisonment, was desperate to see her delivered from this horrible oppression. Although the daughter was not able to ask for healing on her own, she did receive healing.
Just as my life was controlled by the contractions, others are controlled by the spirit of fear, the inability to forgive, the power of addiction, the pain of abortion, the pain of abuse, the pain of loss, the pain of abandonment, and the control of worldly desires. What if those tormented by an evil spirit were brought to Jesus for healing? Who can bring them? Throughout the Word, there are so many testimonies of those in need of healing being brought to Jesus. When I was on bed rest, it didn’t matter how badly I wanted to prepare dinner, I could not. Someone had to do it for me. But, because they were willing to serve me when I was infirmed, they got to see the delivery come to pass.
We constantly see the pain of the shackled, but can we help see them delivered? Can we bring those trapped by control of the evil one to Christ? Absolutely! Because God gave us POWER! “For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” II Timothy 1:7. Where does the Spirit of power come from? It comes from our FAITH in Christ as the healer! Just as Paul was encouraging Timothy to hold onto his faith, and Jesus healed the daughter because of the mother’s faith, God will heal those shackled in our churches, families, and lives because of our faith. What a beautiful picture!
Right now you may be weary in trying to meet every need of someone controlled by another spirit, but your faith can set them free. You can see deliverance. Know your help is essential, because you have the power to take them to Jesus. Be persistent, hold on to your faith, He is mighty to heal.