Bound by Satan, Freed by Christ | Bayless Conley

There are many questions you are faced with
every day. We are all searching for answers that will
make a real difference in our lives. It’s hard to imagine that these answers
might be right in front of us. Get ready to discover answers in the Bible
with Bayless Conley. Jesus is the Savior. But He is also a wonderful Deliverer and a
wonderful Healer. We’re going to be talking about that today. About deliverance and about healing. And friend, if you are bound in affliction,
if you are sick in body, you’re going to want to get into the Word today with us. Because it can be transformational in your
life. Jesus the Healer, Jesus the Deliverer, and
Jesus the Savior. And now here’s Bayless. All right, open your Bibles, please, to the
Book of Luke, the gospel of Luke, chapter 11. I’m going to kick off today our series on
healing in the gospel of Luke. And it’s interesting because Luke, by profession,
was a doctor. He was a medical doctor that became a Christ
follower. And, consequently, as Luke records the healings
and the miracles of Christ and describes the conditions of people, he actually does something
that the other gospel writers don’t do. He goes into detail about people’s conditions,
as a doctor would do. And sometimes he uses medical terms to describe
those conditions. So we’re going to get into it today. Pray with me, if you would. Father, we just settle our hearts down before
You, and we ask You to speak to us. We take Your Word as our final authority on
all matters of conscience and living. Lord, reveal Your Word to these hearts of
ours. We want to become doers and not just good
listeners. And, Jesus, we pray above everything that
You would be glorified, that Your name would be magnified, that You would be seen. And it’s in that majestic name we pray,
the name of Jesus. Amen. All right, Luke’s gospel, chapter 11, verse
14: And He was casting out a demon, and it was
mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that
the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled. All right, it says specifically that there
was an evil spirit affecting this poor person’s vocal faculties rendering them speechless. And Matthew, in his account of this, actually
broadens the description a little. It says that the person was not just mute;
they were mute and blind. And once the spirit was expelled by Jesus,
the person could both speak and see. In verse 15 it says, But some of them said, “He casts out demons
by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.” Jesus is using, according to them, the wrong
power to heal people. He’s using the wrong power to expel demons. And we come to verse 17: But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them:
“Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against
a house falls. If Satan also is divided against himself,
how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub. And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by
whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore, they will be your judges. But if I cast out demons with the finger of
God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. “If I cast out demons by the finger of God.” This is no titanic struggle among equals. The devil is no match for the power of Jesus. Jesus just flicked that demon away like you’d
flick a piece of lint off of your shirt. Verse 21. It says, When a strong man, fully armed, guards his
own palace, his goods are in peace. That refers to the devil; verse 22 refers
to Jesus. But when a stronger than he comes upon him
and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his
spoils. Now the devil may be the strong man, but Jesus
is stronger. Jesus is the overcomer; Jesus is the One with
the power, my friend. But there is a question here. How can you tell, as it was in this case,
if there is an evil spirit present causing or enforcing an illness? You can’t just take a shot in the dark and
make a guess. There’s no faith involved in that. That won’t work. It takes the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Paul talked about them in First Corinthians,
chapter 12. There are three gifts in particular that are
revelation gifts. And two of them, in particular, will give
you insight into the… if there is a spirit behind something. First, the discerning of spirits. It gives us a look into the spirit realm and
allows us to see or to discern spirits and the type of a spirit that may be involved. Also, there is the word of knowledge. It can also reveal the source of something. But you can’t… like I said, you can’t just take a shot
in the dark. And, you know, some people, they see a demon
behind every bush. You know, there’s a demon on every door
knob, and they’re just excessive. They don’t do the kingdom any good. Friend, we need to stick with the Bible, and
we’ll be okay. The vast majority of illness does not have
an evil spirit present. But as we see here, there may be some cases
that that is the cause of an illness. In the City of Yucaipa many years ago I did
a series of healing meetings for nine weeks in a row in a church there. And one of the evenings after I got through
preaching, I was praying for people. I didn’t pray that it would happen; I didn’t
expect it to happen. But I looked over and about two rows back
down an aisle there was a man and his wife and their teenage boy standing there. And suddenly it was as if the teenage boy
became transparent to me and I could see his lungs. And there was something that looked like a
little black monkey hanging on one of his lungs. I said, “There’s something wrong with
that young man’s lung.” And the father blurted out, “He has tuberculosis
in his lung.” Well, I spoke to the spirit, and I literally
watched it drop to the floor. Now that young man went on to become a pastor. I didn’t see him for 25 years. But I was in a ministers’ meeting a few
years back, and he came up to me, said, “Bayless, do you remember me?” He said, “I’m the young teenage boy whose
lung was full of tuberculosis, and you spoke to that spirit that night.” He said, “I’ve become a pastor,” told
me about his church and the city he pastored in. He said, “Just about two weeks ago I had
a complete physical workup, and they did chest x-rays on me,” said, “and there is still
to this day, 25 years later, not a trace of that tuberculosis. God has kept me well all of this time.” But I wasn’t taking a shot in the dark. The Holy Spirit showed me something. Now look with me at Luke 13. There’s a very related story here. Luke, chapter 13, beginning in verse 10. It says, Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues
on the Sabbath. 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. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him
and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” And He laid His hands on her, and immediately
she was made straight, and glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue answered with
indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There
are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the
Sabbath day.” The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose
his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter
of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this
bond on the Sabbath?” And when He said these things, all His adversaries
were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done
by Him. Now here Luke describes this woman, that she
was bent over and that she couldn’t raise herself up. Actually, both of those are medical terms
in the Greek language. She was bent over. It means to be bent over completely double. Literally, her eyes are on the floor. She cannot raise herself up. She cannot look up. And here is Doctor Luke using medical terms
to describe the woman, and yet he emphatically states that her physical condition was the
work of an evil spirit. You could not have found the cause of her
condition looking through a microscope. You couldn’t have found the cause of her
condition through examining some lab specimen. You know, there’s an acquaintance I have. Today he pastors an amazing church in Moscow,
Russia. I’ve had the occasion… or the opportunity
on occasion to interact with him, and we know one another. And I’ve actually been greatly blessed by
some of his books. He’s a Greek scholar and has written some
brilliant things regarding the Greek language and the New Testament. But he tells this story when he was itinerating
before he began the work in Russia that he was preaching on healing in a particular meeting,
and a woman came up, and both of her hands were severely curved in. They had grown that way so that her fingers
were literally beginning to pierce the inside of her wrist. Nothing could be done medially for her. It was a phenomenon the doctors didn’t have
a reason for, but they just kept growing like that. And she told them as she stood there, he’s
about to pray, she said, “A few years ago my hands were normal.” She said, “And one day I felt something
jump on my hands and they began to burn. And then slowly over the next few years my
hands curved in until they got to this point.” She said, “And then that thing, I felt it
leave.” And then her husband, who was standing next
to her, had his hands in his pockets. He pulled them out. And his hands were curved in in an identical
way. He said, “And when it left her,” he said,
“I felt it jump on my hands.” It was obviously the work of an evil spirit. And here the Scripture says a spirit of infirmity
caused this woman’s spine to bend over until she was literally completely bent over double. For eighteen years she was that way. And Jesus said, “Woman, you are loosed from
your infirmity.” That word means to dismiss, to send away. It was Jesus dealing with that evil spirit. But even though now it’s gone, its effects
still remain 18 years’ worth. So Jesus lays hands on her and brings her
healing. Immediately she is made straight and glorifies
God. And I want you to notice: It was her healing
that brought glory to God, not 18 years of demonically enforced sickness. Now I think perhaps during that long season
that was a nightmare for her, her attitude in the midst of it perhaps brought glory to
God. In fact, I think it did. And we’ll look at that a little bit later. And so her attitude may have brought glory
to God, and the healing brought glory to God. But the work of the devil did not bring glory
to God. Jesus said, “Satan has bound her, and she
needs to be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day.” Now the leader of the synagogue, the ruler,
said, “Look, You are healing on the wrong day!” In chapter 11 they accused him of healing
by the wrong power. And now they say, “You are healing on the
wrong day.” And Jesus just nailed it. He said, “Listen, you loose your donkey,
you loose your ox every day, take it away to water it. But you would rather see your donkey loose
than see this woman loosed. You would rather see your ox untied than see
this woman untied.” Jesus said, “She’s been bound for 18 years
by Satan. Think of it!” Now, when Jesus says “think of it!” you
know what He means? He means you better think of it. And I have been thinking about it. Satan had bound her for 18 years. Think of it! We don’t know how this spirit gained access
into her life or when it happened, but somehow it did. Maybe she was a little schoolgirl and came
home one day and said, “Mama, my back hurts.” “Well, what happened, baby? Did you fall down?” “No, Mama, it just hurts.” She said, “Well, just lay down. It will be better.” But the next day, “Mama, my back hurts more! Papa, my back!” And they notice suddenly she is beginning
curve over a little bit. And it gets worse and worse. And imagine! You know, kids can be so cruel. Imagine the taunting and the ridicule she
would have experienced as she began to be bowed over to the point that her face was
on the ground. And, you know, in that culture in that time
it was always thought that a condition like that, if there was some physical condition,
it was always tied to sin. And there would have been whispering and murmuring
in the community: “Oh, I wonder what sin her father’s done to let this happen? I wonder what sin her mother’s been committing? I wonder what sin she’s done? God’s punishing them!” They would have been ostracized as a family. That girl, I’m sure like most young girls,
dreamt of getting married and having a family. But those dreams are gone. She has to scoot along like some giant spider,
how does she eat? She’s got to eat on the ground. She can’t sit in a chair. She can’t sit at a table. This thing has impacted her life; it’s impacted
her family as she’s become a burden to her family members. Think of it! For 18 years Satan had bound her, suffering. And suddenly Jesus comes into the synagogue
and He’s teaching. He sees her and He calls her to Him, lays
hands on her; she’s immediately healed and begins to glorify God, and the ruler of the
synagogue is mad. He would have known her. He probably knew her those whole 18 years. He knew the family! He knew how they’d suffered. He knew how she’d suffered. He’d seen her scoot along, knew that her
life was over, knew that her dreams were dead. And suddenly she’s been healed. She is glorifying God; the people are glorifying
God. And all he can do is cry foul. And now he is not the only one that’s mad. Jesus is mad. Jesus says, “You hypocrite! You say lifting My hand to heal her is work,
but every one of you lifts his hand and takes his donkey or takes his ox out to water it. You care more about your ox than you do about
this woman. Are you so out of touch with what God values? Are you so out of touch with the heart of
My Heavenly Father?” And then Jesus took him on his own ground. The man was such a coward he didn’t even
face Jesus. He turned to the crowd and said, “Look,
there’s six days in which men ought to work,” trying to turn the crowd against Jesus. Jesus said, “Oh, you say there’s six days
in which men ought to work? I’m going to tell you what ought to be done. Ought not this woman, being a daughter of
Abraham, whom Satan has bound for 18 years, be loosed, be freed from this? That’s what ought to be done!” And Jesus healed the woman. He said, “Satan had bound her.” I don’t know if you’ve ever considered
it or not before; but, you know, before Satan entered the realm of human existence in the
Book of Genesis, there was no sickness, there was no heartbreak, there was no brokenness,
there was no grief. Only after the devil entered in and people
sinned. And then you read Revelation, chapter 20 and
21: When the devil is finally removed from the scene of human existence and thrown into
the lake of fire, the first thing the Bible says is, “Now there will be no more tears,
no more sorrow, no more death, no more sickness.” Friend, the math is not that hard to do. Now sometimes, yes, like in this case, there
can directly be an evil spirit that’s caused something and is enforcing it. But in an indirect sense, friend, all sicknesses
come because of the fall of man. It’s the offspring of sin. It was never here before the devil entered
the scene. In fact, the Bible puts it this way in Acts
10:38, “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went
about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” The Scripture declares that all that Jesus
healed were oppressed by the devil, referring to those sicknesses. Perhaps the vast majority then, at least indirectly,
the devil is responsible for it. Not the blessing from God, but a part of the
curse. Jesus never worked against His Heavenly Father. He said, “If you’ve seen Me, you’ve
seen the Father.” And all the people began to rejoice over the
works that were done. Now here’s some thoughts to ponder: This
woman is in the synagogue. She’s come to the house of worship; she’s
come to the place to hear God’s Word be preached, to be instructed in the Word of
God, the place to worship God. Apparently, she’s not blaming God for her
condition. She’s not bitter against God, which after
we read the story we can see it would have been an absolute misplace of the blame because
Jesus said Satan had bound her. It wasn’t the work of His Heavenly Father. And, you know, you will find that as long
as you blame God and accuse God for things that the devil is doing, you are very likely
not going to find deliverance at the hand of God. And Jesus said, “Ought not this woman…” There’s no stronger word that He could have
used in our language. “She ought to be healed because she’s
a daughter of Abraham, because she has a covenant with God, because she’s a part of God’s
covenant people.” You know what Galatians 3:29 says? “And if you be Christ’s, then you are
Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” How many of you are Christ’s? If you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s
seed. And Jesus said, “She ought to be freed because
she is a child of Abraham.” But, you know, I believe Jesus was referring
to more than just her physical ancestry when He said that. I believe Jesus was referring to her faith
when He said that. In fact, in this same chapter, look in verse
23: Then one said to Him, “Lord, are there few
who are saved?” Jesus gives an answer, and look at part of
it in verse 28: There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth,
when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, and
yourselves thrust out. They will come from the east and the west,
from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. In other words, it’s not just going to be
those that are physical descendants of Abraham; it’s not just those that come from a Jewish
lineage, but there is something else that makes people a part of God’s kingdom. In fact, the Apostle Paul, in his epistles,
again and again and again says that the highest quality from heaven’s vantage point that
makes us children of Abraham is our faith, not our physical ancestry. It’s our faith that makes us sons of Abraham. In fact, in Romans 4 it talks about walking
in the same footprints of Abraham’s faith, who contrary to hope, in hope believed. And he had to hang on to the promise for 25
years before experiencing its fulfillment, before Isaac, the promised son, was born to
him. And I don’t know, but I think this woman… Jesus called her a daughter of Abraham, I
think maybe for all of that 18 years or at least part of it she hung on to the promises
of God. Psalm 107:20, “He sent His Word and healed
them and delivered them from their destructions.” Psalm 103, “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and
all that is within me, bless His holy name, who forgives all my iniquities, who heals
all of my diseases.” Or the words of Moses in the Book of Exodus:
“The Lord will bless your bread and your water, and He will take sickness from your
midst. He is Jehovah Rapha; He is the Lord who does
not change.” And she hung onto those promises like Abraham
of old, and then Jesus came and He set her free. The point: Some of you, I know, in this place,
listening to me now, you’ve been standing for a long time for certain things to happen. You’ve had certain things in the place of
prayer, hanging on to certain promises that may be over a physical malady, it may be over
some other issue in your life and it just seems like you’re wearing out, like when
is this going to happen? Let me tell you: God is faithful. And just like Jesus came into that synagogue,
and I love it: first things first with Jesus always. It said, the first thing it said, He was there
teaching. He was teaching the Word. And you read through the gospels, this was
Jesus’ method of operation. Everywhere he went… in every village and
every town, in every synagogue He entered, it says that He taught and He preached and
He healed. Jesus always brought the Word first. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the
Word of God. He always taught, preached, and then He brought
healing. And some people have it backwards, you know? They just want a touch from the Lord. “I don’t have time to hear anything.” No, friend, that’s the reverse order. You need to spend some time soaking in the
Word of God, spend some time meditating on the Word of God. So Jesus is there, and He’s teaching. And I love what it says: He saw her. He saw her. A lot of people, I’m sure, have grown so
accustomed they just overlooked her. They didn’t want to look at her deformity
and just pretended like she wasn’t there. But Jesus saw her. And He walks into meetings like this one today,
and He sees you. I’m telling you, He sees you. He sees the burdens that you’re carrying;
He sees the difficulties you’re struggling with. And I love it, it said, “Jesus saw her,
and He called her to Him.” And Jesus is calling you to Himself. He wants you to get your eyes on Him. He sees you; you need to see Him. Put your trust in Him. Anchor your hope in Him. Look away from the help of man and look to
Him. Jesus is your source. He saw her, and He called her to Him. And then He set her free. Well I trust that the broadcast, the teaching
has been a blessing to you. And you know, we’ve been at this for a long
time. And interestingly enough most all of what
we do is not here in the United States where Cottonwood Church is located. Almost everything that we do, almost everything
is in different regions of the world, many of which do not have a Gospel witness. We look at it as a missions project. And I hope that what we’re doing has touched
you and has encouraged you in your life. You would be astonished if you could see all
of the correspondence that comes in to us on a regular basis from around the world as
we broadcast in different languages of the world and take God’s Word to the people. Now what we do is a very expensive endeavor
but it is worth it because people are valuable. So valuable that God sent His only Son to
die for them. He paid heaven’s ultimate price to redeem
people. And so, to us people are very valuable. And I just want to encourage you and invite
you to become a participant to become a partner with us. First of all if you would pray for us and
the success of the broadcast. And then if you would give toward this missionary
endeavor that we are doing around the world, taking the message of the Gospel, the Word
of God, to the people in the languages of the world. Contact us. We’d love to hear from you. Until next time God bless you. The rain just won’t stop! I wish I could turn it off! I can’t turn off the rain, but I can protect
myself from it. It‘s the same with temptations. We can’t switch them off, but we can protect
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Comments 13

  • thank you so much for this sermon pastor Bayless. I always enjoy the clarity you bring to a sermon, and makes me see and understand, how Great our God is, His Mercy, and Faithfullness that endures forever. I just love it when some people i know in my congregation, who has heard you for the first time, is so filled with enthusiam for the Word, because of the way, the Holy Spirit helps you to preach. and thank you for sharing all the ups and downs, good to know i am not alone in my sorrow, or difficulties. "a trouble shared is a trouble halved". or something like that lol. I pray, God would let the scabs and wax, fall from our eyes ,ears and heart. so we can see how satan, is just using people, and then laughs, when they are in difficulties. love Sermons, that tells me, that it is not only valleys , but mountain tops as well we can enjoy. we should just trust obey, and keep our eyes focused on our Lord Jesus. God Bless the Conley Family and the Cottonwood Congregation. pray for me and my family please. thank


  • thank u for this Channel, may God bless u all. greetings from Brazil

  • Pray makes one into family of God

  • Thank you so much pastor Bayles for the sermons. I stumbled upon them in YouTube and feel great.. Gabriel from Zambia

  • That is so true, that's why every time when someone came to Jesus for healing Jesus say it shall be done according to your faith miracle happen only when we believe but if its hard for us to believe we need to say lord i believe; help my unbelief and Jesus will never refuse such a request….

  • Awesome message! Thank you!

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  • I really enjoyed this , I hope one day I attend one of your preaching , these have really helped me , God bless you

  • Sir please pray for my sister she is hospital having cyst in her overy Pls prayer

  • God the father Of our risen Lord Jesus Christ our saviour, Blessed you brother bayless" keep doing good yes awesome preaching thanks thanks thanks thanks your preaching as lifted my spirit I Needed it the most ,I didn't understood at first but you preached it well, explaining plainly and crystal clear Now I understand thanks again love you brother God blessed

  • Every witch and sorcerer gives up ALL their witchcraft and occult practices or you won't get Jesus Christ to give you life or love: Amen!


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