MAY 9,  2021



“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” (Luke 13:11-13 New King James Version)

The woman in Luke 13 was bound by a spirit of infirmity for 18 years while Lazarus had been dead for four days, bound with graveclothes, and buried before Jesus got to Bethany, his town (John 11:39, 44).

Jesus’ will was that the woman should be loosed and let go. The Bible says about the woman, “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” (Luke 13:11-13 New King James Version). Take note of the phrase “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.”

Similarly, the Bible says about Lazarus when Jesus got to his grave, “And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said,
‘Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.  And I know that You always hear Me, but because of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.’  Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth!’  And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with graveclothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Loose him, and let him go’” (John 11:41-44 New King James Version).
Again, take note of the phrase “Loose him, and let him go.”

Some people are in the kind of situation that this woman and Lazarus were. They might not have the kind of infirmity this woman had not been able to raise herself up but bent over for 18 years. That’s not easy even for five minutes, not to talk of 18 years. Although such people may not be in this woman’s situation,  they are bound one way or the other and they need to be loosed.

Likewise, some people may not have been dead and buried for four days like Lazarus but they share something in common with him: they are also bound. Although they are alive, their situation is as if they’re dead. Spiritually, graveclothes have been used to bind their hand and foot. Their faces are wrapped with a cloth. They must be loosed.

Some people have been bound by the devil with sickness, stagnation, misfortune, reversal of gains of previous years. These are kinds of bondages of the devil. The will of Jesus remains the same that they should be loosed and let go.

A person in bondage cannot fulfil the purpose of God for his life. For instance, someone who is bound with sickness that confines him to the sickbed in the hospital, continuously going in and out of the hospital, or restricted indoors by sickness, can hardly fulfil the purpose of God for his life. Until such a person is loosed, he cannot pursue and fulfil his destiny. Until the colt Jesus rode on to Jerusalem during His triumphant entry was loosed and brought to Jesus, it could not fulfil its prophetic destiny.

The prophet Zechariah had prophesied long before Jesus was born,  “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, a colt, the foal of a donkey” (Zechariah 9:9 New King James Version). This  Scripture must be fulfilled as the prophecy concerned Jesus Christ.

Therefore, when the time was ripe for the fulfillment of this scripture, He sent two of His disciples to go and loose the colt where it was tied in the opposite village. We don’t know why the owners tied it there but it had a divine assignment to fulfil.

Jesus said to the disciples, “Go into the village opposite you, whereas you enter you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Loose it and bring it here.  And if anyone asks you, ‘Why are you loosing it?’ thus you shall say to him, ‘Because the Lord has need of it” (Luke 19:30-31 New King James Version)

And truly as Jesus said, the owners asked why they were untying it.  They had a right to ask the question because it belonged to them, not to those untying it. “And they said, ‘The Lord has need of him.’ Then they brought him to Jesus. And they threw their own clothes on the colt, and they set Jesus on him” (verses 34-35 New King James Version). Jesus rode on it into Jerusalem. They both fulfilled their prophetic destinies!

One could say that although human beings tied that colt, Jesus liberated it and put it into divine use. There are many people now who should be doing great work for God like that colt but are bound by Satan. Without deliverance first, nobody can possess his possession. But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions” (Obadiah 17 New King James Version).

Genesis 49:21 says, “Naphtali is a deer let loose; He uses beautiful words” (New King James Version). A deer is a swift animal but how fast can it run if it is tied like the colt? Although it can run swiftly, it has been restrained. The bondage is a barrier to the realization of its potential. It’s like an antelope in a net. It doesn’t matter how great someone’s destiny is, if he is in bondage, it could frustrate the fulfilment of his destiny.

Having the potential does not mean someone will attain success except the chains used to bind him are broken and the fetters are destroyed. I declare today that your name is Naphtali, a hind or deer let loose. Anything that Satan has used to bind or hinder you so far is destroyed in Jesus’ name.

The chains and fetters the devil uses are not necessarily sicknesses, diseases, etc. They could be good things like a comfortable job, a highly lucrative business which, however, does not allow you to serve God, a top-flight position, which however does not allow you to pursue destiny, etc. These are some of the things you are not likely to easily recognize as the devil’s traps.

You need to pray to God to deliver you from such so that you can move forward in life. When you pray fervently, some storage things could begin to happen in answer to prayer. On the surface, it could be painful but never worry your name is  Naphtali!! You are a deer let loose. That is the beginning of your breakthrough.

It is time to destroy the chains and fetters the devil has used to bind you in the spirit realm – if that is your situation. The Lord shall deliver you. Even the captives of the mighty shall be taken away, and the prey of the terrible be delivered; for I will contend with him who contends with you, and I will save your children” (New King James Version). God will fight those fighting you. He will set you free. You are loosed in Jesus’ name.

Joseph was bound in prison with physical fetters but at the right time, he was set free. “They hurt his feet with fetters, He was laid in irons. Until the time that his word came to pass, the word of the LORD tested him. The king sent and released him, the ruler of the people let him go free” (Psalm 105:18-20 New King James Version).

This is your time. You are loosed from your infirmity. You are loosed from your afflictions “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19 New King James Version). You are loosed from every form of bondage. You are loosed in Jesus’ name.


If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.

Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto you today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and resurrected the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank you, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.

I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like the palm tree and grow like the cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you

PRAYER POINTS: In the name of Jesus, I am loosed from my bondage. Any demonic chain and fetter the enemy has used to bind me is broken into pieces. Dear heavenly Father set free all the captives of the mighty. Let them receive their liberty now.

(For over 600 in-depth and powerful messages by T.O. Banso, visit www.cedarministry.org).

T. O. Banso is the President, Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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