Many today are bound with problems that they are unable to overcome by themselves. Even Christians are in bondage to the works of the devil. Through the blood of the cross, these bondages have already been broken – on Heaven’s end. They have been bound in Heaven. Yet so many, in ignorance, allow the devil to exercise control over their lives. Outward religious performance will not move the devil out of your life. Only true spiritual authority will cause him to flee.
On a certain day in the synagogue, Jesus ministered to the woman from the Abrahamic Covenant (the pre-side of Calvary). Jesus was operating in the prophetic fulfillment of the cross.
Matthew 8:16-17 says:
He cast out the spirits with a word, and healed all who were sick, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Isaiah the prophet, saying: He Himself took our infirmities and bore our sicknesses.
Fulfillment, in its culmination, came at the cross. But Jesus also ministered on the promissory note of prophecy. Jesus said to that woman in Luke 13:12: “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity!” The words, “are loosed” are in the perfect tense. It is completed action in past time, with present continual results. This is what we must understand about our authority in Christ; it is not something God is going to do; it is something He has done! Having spoken this, Jesus laid hands on the woman and immediately she was made straight (v 13). The religious leaders of that day didn’t like that one bit. They were filled with indignation (v 14). Religion does not teach one much about their dominion and authority in Christ. If you are involved in a “cessation church” (those who believe that the power of God has ceased from manifestation), then get out and wash your hands of it! Don’t have a form of godliness while denying the power thereof. The Bible says to turn away from them (II Tim. 3:5).
Jesus rebuked them and called them hypocrites (v 15). Hypocrites will tell you that sickness is the will of God to teach a lesson and then they will spend all their money at the doctor and the drug store trying to get out of “God’s will.” If sickness is the will of God, then why not pray for a double portion? Even common sense tells us this is ridiculous.
Some people (ignorant ones) say, “If it’s God’s will to heal everybody, then why don’t you go down to the hospital and clean the beds out?” That’s poor theology! You would have to apply that to salvation as well by saying, “If it’s God’s will to save everyone, then why don’t you go down to the tavern and clean off the bar stools.” This is faulty on both counts because God will not override people’s will. Through ignorance or unbelief some people have set their will against healing.
So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath? (Luke 13:16)
It was her legal redemptive right to be free. It is your legal redemptive right to be free, and set others free. Satan’s authority over your life has been legally broken by the court of Heaven. Your defense attorney and advocate, Jesus, has taken His own blood into the Holy of Holies and satisfied Heaven’s righteous demands.
You are God’s agent of deliverance in this sin-torn world. Satan fears your potential in Christ. God has given you the authority to bind the devil and loose the power of God! Rise up and be who God wants you to be and take authority over your adversary, the devil. A stronger than he has come upon him and overtaken him – Jesus! Satan has been stripped of all his armor. Jesus has taken the spoils and divided them to His people. Dominion is ours! (See Luke 11:22.)