Is there anything that keeps you bound up or oppressed? Sickness, whether physical or spiritual, can, for many reasons. God can use it for some purpose that we do not understand. When Jesus encountered an elderly woman who was unable to stand upright, he gave her words of faith and freedom and restored her to health. She must have suffered much, both physically and spiritually, for eighteen years. How can Satan do this? The scriptures show that Satan can act in the world with malice and can cause injuries of a spiritual nature and, indirectly, even of a physical nature. Satan's power however, is not endless. He cannot prevent the building up of God's kingdom or reign in our lives. Jesus demonstrates the power of God's kingdom in releasing those captive in bondage to Satan, sickness, and sin. It took only one word from Jesus to release this woman instantly of her sickness. Do you believe in the power of Jesus to release you from affliction or oppression? The Jewish leaders were angry that Jesus would perform such a work on the Sabbath, the day of rest. They were so caught up in their ritual observance of the Sabbath that they lost sight of God's mercy. Jesus healed on the Sabbath because God does not rest from showing his mercy and love. God's word has power to change us, spiritually and physically. Is there anything that keeps you bound up or that weighs you down? Let the Lord speak his word to you this morning and give you freedom.