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Today I am finishing my time in Angola, Africa. We have had a wonderful weekend with the CCVA churches and others in Luanda. God is good! I believe the future of the family of God is for sure hope and life. I am looking forward to being back in Angola in October.
Each of us has internal weaknesses that make us vulnerable to seek life from other sources than the true source of life – God our Father. We sometimes rebel to the life of God’s Spirit by embracing the influence of our own fleshly desires. Those desires are often inspired by external spiritual forces that tempt our souls to live for ourselves instead of living as those who give life to others as our heavenly Father gives life to us. This is transgression, an internal rebellion to God’s way in pursuit of our own. The result is sin, a disconnect from the true life that only comes by the Spirit of God in our hearts.
Jesus gave His life for our sakes so we could be made free from our iniquities, transgressions, and sins. He gave His life for us so that we could receive the life-transforming way of God in our lives. He came so that we could be changed in our character, nature, way, power, and authority in this world.
Isaiah 53:5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.
Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in His hand. 11 He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities. 12 He shall divide the spoil with the strong, because He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
Jesus made intercession for the transgressor. He made intercession for each of us and has reconciled us to God our Father. We were held captive to the ways of our own carnal desires and to the ways of deceiving spirits at work in the atmosphere of the world. God’s judgment of love on our behalf was a judgment of mercy. Mercy has triumphed over all judgments of our enemies (Jam. 2:12).
Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.
Satan was the strong man that held us bound to sin. Spiritual powers of darkness held us captive to death, but the Word of God became Jesus, the Son of Man, to free us from every power of darkness. The strong man has been bound by the Stronger Man of Love.
Luke 11:14 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. 15 But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.” 16 Others, testing Him, sought from Him a sign from heaven. 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. 18 If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub. 19 And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges. 20 But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you. 21 When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace. 22 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.
I believe that mute man in this story represents every tongue, tribe, nation, and people of this world. We were bound from finding our true voice in Christ, but Jesus cast out the mute spirit. Jesus knew our real problem. The true issue of life was to release the life of the Holy Spirit from within the hearts of men (Jn. 7:37-39). When the Holy Spirit is released in a flow from the hearts of men, there is a testimony of life. Jesus knew that the real problem among the nations was a ‘mute spirit’. A prophetic declaration concerning the life of God through the nations was being made through this miraculous act of Jesus. At the time of Jesus coming, all of the nations except Israel were ‘bound’ from making a confession of the name of God. They were all bound to deception. They could not be saved as their tribe, their tongue, or their nation. Their tongue was ‘mute’. Salvation was only found in the one nation, Israel. It was only by coming to Israel and becoming a proselyte that they could confess God in the tongue of Israel. They could only magnify God in Israel’s tongue. They could not magnify God in their native tongue. They were ‘bound’ mute. Jesus came to cast the ‘mute spirit’ out! God wants us to walk in the freedom of a full confession of His life and liberty from within our hearts.
Ted J. Hanson
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