Carey Lewis Devotions
Saturday, September 10th, 2011
A Spirit Of Infirmity
And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up.
Luke 13:11 (NKJV)
Do you know people who talk a lot about illnesses? Hardly a conversation goes by without discussing an ailment or its various treatments. Sick words also spill out from millions who are unhappy with their weight.

For every poor word voiced, consider the thoughts behind them, 'For his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart' (Luke 6:45).

Words about health challenges could be called a 'morbid fascination.' I know. I was morbidly obese--topping 360 pounds for many years. In addition, my fashion model mother, Millie Lewis, was often overcome by one ailment or another. We couldn't get our infirmities off of our minds.

Depressing thoughts followed by depressing words add links to chains that bind us to illness. When Jesus said the woman who was 'Bent over and could in no way raise herself up' had a 'Spirit of infirmity,' we conclude that Satan had surely bound her--mind and body.

When Jesus touched her, He said, 'Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity' (v.12) and 'Immediately she was made straight' (v.13). Christ broke Satan's chain, expelled the spirit of infirmity, and the woman's illness became wellness. She glorified God.

I believe those of us who focus time, thought, and speech on our 'infirmities' must refocus on the words of God. Jesus will break every chain in our lives if we ask and if we believe, because He came 'To set free those who are oppressed' (Luke 4:18).

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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