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Set Free
By Joel Osteen - Oct 27, 2023

We all have things that come against us and try to hinder us and keep us from our destiny. It might be a sickness, depression, an addiction, low self-esteem, or poverty. Sometimes we’re dealing with a dysfunction that’s been passed down in our family line for generations. It’s easy to accept it and think that’s our lot in life, that we’ll always be held back. But God didn’t create you to live restricted, bound, or broken. That may be the way it’s been, but that’s not the way it’s going to stay. The good news is that Jesus came to free you from what’s bound you. He has already ordained times of release when He looses you from what’s holding you back, when He breaks chains, frees you from the sickness, delivers you from oppression, stops the dysfunction. You’re about to come into supernatural release, something you couldn’t make happen.

In Luke 13, Jesus was teaching in a synagogue, and He saw a lady who had been crippled for eighteen years. She was bent over and unable to straighten up. After that long, I’m sure she thought it was permanent. It was the Sabbath, and no one was supposed to do any work on that day. The religious leaders were watching to see what Jesus would do. He said to them, “Should not this woman, whom Satan has bound, be loosed from this sickness?” (Luke 13:16). He said the enemy had bound this woman, had put something on her that was restricting her and keeping her from enjoying her life.

You need to see sickness and anything that’s limiting you as unwelcomed. It’s on foreign territory. Your body is a temple of the Most High God. Jesus called her forward and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your sickness” (Luke 13:12). Instantly, she was healed. She stood up straight for the first time in eighteen years. That’s what happens when God releases you from what the enemy put on you: healing comes, freedom comes, victory comes.

There may be things that have you bound: a sickness, an addiction, a problem at work that won’t go away. You’ve tried to get free, but nothing has helped. God is saying to you what He said to this woman: “You are loosed from what’s hindering you.” The sickness is not permanent. You are loosed from it. Depression is not how your story ends. You are loosed from it. You are loosed from the addiction, loosed from low self-esteem, loosed from the family turmoil. This is a new day, and God is doing a new thing. This is your time for release. Bondages are being broken, and restrictions are being removed. You will rise higher, accomplish dreams, and reach the fullness of your destiny, in Jesus name!

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