Curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil

This is a two-part post…

The current post begins here…

When you look at a person who is sick in any way which of these two thoughts do you think:

  1. Oh dear, that person is not well.
  2. Hey! That person is being oppressed and harassed by the devil!

Why is it that Ive been a Christian all of my life, but no one ever explained this to me…

how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. – Acts 10:38

Those words “healing all who were under the power of the devil” tell us that absolutely every sickness is simply the power of the devil. I knew that, but somehow I didn’t know that.

Let’s look at that same verse in the Amplified

How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him. – Acts 10:38

Now for the good news… all of the things that harass you and oppress you were cured on the cross. All of the things which oppress your marriage were cured on the cross. All of the things which oppress the people in your city were cured on the cross.

All of the things which oppress or harass anyone anywhere were cured on the cross.

Somehow we thought that WE were sick, but in fact we are not. The oppression and harassment is coming from the power of the devil. Deal with him and the oppression and harassment is gone. YOU are not sick, YOU are “just” oppressed.

Oppression… let me explain it like this…

Let’s say that God made you to be a beautiful balloon. I did some Googling and I found out that balloons come in many lovely shapes and sizes. Here are a few…

We come in all shapes and sizes… but here is the shocking news. You probably don’t know your real shape and size.

Why? You were born into a fallen world which is filled with fallen people. People hurt you. You hurt people. Love might have been in short supply and to make up for it you might have dulled the pain by using some form of drug. You might have self harmed.

Half of us have been through a divorce… which is shockingly painful. I know. It hurt. It bent us. Twisted us a bit.

Here is a viral image which is going around FB today…

So let’s look at examples of how this happens to us.

How the enemy uses his power to harass and oppose us

I drew this image to show how the enemy oppresses and harasses us into a shape that suits HIS kingdom, but leaves us nothing like the shape we actually are

After this process, you might look nothing like that God intended you to look like. in the image of God Himself!

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. – Gen 1:26-27

Yes, that is how He designed us… so what happened, what went wrong?

What happens is this… you were born as a wonderful shape…

and then the enemy began to harass you and oppress you – in the image below the balloon above has had a rope tied around the middle and it is being kept out of it’s natural shape…

but what if that rope around the middle was removed? Then the balloon will bounce back to it’s normal shape!

So remove the rope and you will bounce back!! Remove the harassment and the oppression. Remove it from your life, your body, your partner, your family, your home, your community, your church, your city, your nation and from this world!

What if?

What if… you, or your family, your marriage, your children, your city, your nation or this world was to put off the harassment and oppression of the power of the devil then it too would bounce back to it’s correct shape.

The war, violence, rape, mayhem, murder, crime, abortion that we see as normal is not at all normal. It is simply the enemy harassing and oppressing us… which he has done since the garden which was in Eden.

Your city and nation also doesn’t look like God intended it to be

Your nation is being squeezed and twisted… harassed and oppressed by the devil using his power…

What will you do about it?

Did you know you have spiritual weapons with divine power to pull down strongholds?

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. – 2 Cor 10:4

PLEASE NOTE: I’m talking about spiritual weapons demolishing spiritual strongholds… faith, prayer, preaching, intercession, love, compassion, assistance… and more.

Now imagine this twisting happening in a city of millions of people… all individually being twisted into people that they were not designed to be when God made them.

What does this look like? Some might be born with sickness, some might develop it in early childhood, some might get it later in life and live with it.

Some people might be living with a partner who isn’t making a commitment to them. Some might be lonely and having sex before marriage. Some might become prostitutes, and some might be the people using prostitutes. Some might be drug users and some might be the dealers. Some might in their 7th marriage, and some might be abusive towards their partners.

Many people in your city will not even know God and the good and unique things He designed them for. They might attend all kinds of religious or spiritual meetings trying to find inner peace or trying to find God.

Collectively such a city looks nothing like what it would have been like if the millions of people were not being harassed or oppressed by the power of the devil.

Let us look again at what Jesus Christ did when He walked here amongst us

How God anointed and consecrated Jesus of Nazareth with the [Holy] Spirit and with strength and ability and power; how He went about doing good and, in particular, curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil, for God was with Him. – Acts 10:38

And on His cross He cured absolutely everyone of all harassment and all oppression. Without exception. But what remains is for us to receive what He did on the cross. We receive it by faith.

Submit yourselves to God

Sickness is not “just how it is”, sickness is harassment and oppression from the devil. Put him off. Resist him and He will flee from you.

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. = James 4:7

The first step is to submit yourself to God. This is not a flippant thing. Coming under the wing of God (see Psalm 91) doesn’t happen just because you read it and you liked the idea. It’s a much more intense journey of faith.

  • BY FAITH we are baptised into Jesus Christ, and we receive His Spirit into ourselves.
  • BY FAITH it is no longer us who live, but Jesus Christ lives in us.
  • BY FAITH we are clothed in His righteousness.
  • BY FAITH we are made holy, pure and blameless – no matter what we have done.
  • BY FAITH we are seated at with Jesus Christ at the right hand of God in the holies of holies right now, far above all principalities and powers and far above every name that can be named.
  • BY FAITH as Jesus Christ is now in Heaven, so are we here on earth
  • BY FAITH we are raised up with Jesus Christ and just as death has no hold on Him, it has no hold on us either

All of those are scriptural and Ive quoted them many times on this blog. Doing THOSE things is submitting yourself to God and coming under His wing… and from THAT position, you can resist the devil and he certainly will flee from you.

From THAT position you can intercede for your home, your city, your nation… when you have worked out your area of authority which I wrote about in my previous post.

What can YOU do?

Would you like to intercede for peace in your home, city, country or in the world? All you need to do is get a map of the area you want to pray for and get this list of scriptures (or download the MS Word version) and speak each scripture out over the area you are praying for. Do it at least once a day, day after day, until you can see the change manifesting around you. As Jesus Christ prayed “Thy Kingdom come, on Earth as it is in Heaven” and you make this happen by believing what the bible says that Jesus Christ did on His cross. It’s as easy as that.

Don’t think small… be bold… be uniquely you

No… wait… think even bigger!

2 responses to “Curing all who were harassed and oppressed by [the power of] the devil

  1. I get it now, but am still wrapping my mind around the idea: all that follows from the faith that Jesus destroyed the devil’s power. My prayers have flowed easily today, unlike before.

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