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God wants us to be fruitful. In Luke 13:6-13, Jesus used the parable of the fig tree to teach us that it is God's desire that we are fruitful. He goes on to demonstrate the Kingdom of God through the woman who had a spirit of infirmity for 18 years. Jesus demonstrates two principles in this passage.

Scripture references: Luke 13: 6-13, Matt 4: 23-24, Matt 8:16, Isa 53:4, Ps 25:2, Rom 5:5, Rom 9:33, 2 Cor 5:21

  1. God has a passion for us to be fruitful and for His glory to be reflected in us.
  2. God will never leave you as you are. Jesus saw the woman and beckoned her. 
    Jesus is digging about us, He's working in our lives constantly to bring us to a place where our life will glorify the father.

Jesus recognised that it was a spirit of infirmity in this woman. As Christians we don't always realise that we are in opposition and we are in a battlefield. But if we are in Christ we cannot be possessed by any evil spirit. The enemy can harass and oppress (exercise demonic power against), but all power has been given to Jesus and He is the one who oppresses the oppressor.

Jesus demonstrated the heart of God which is our deliverance, healing and freedom. Any sickness, infirmity, affliction or oppression in life is from the devil. Anything that wants to hinder the best of God in our life is of satanic origin and we must fight it. As God beckoned the woman with infirmities he is also beckoning us. He is our healer and restorer. He wants to heal and restore us - Matthew 4:23-24, Matthew 8:16, Isaiah 53:4.

The way Jesus responded to the woman is the same way He is responding to us. He called her to Himself. Jesus is always calling, seeking, knocking, and looking. The woman responded to Jesus’ call and she was set free. All God is asking of us is to respond.

5 things Jesus asks for:
1. Trust in God - you can never be ashamed when you do (Psalm 25:2)
2. Have hope in God and you cannot be ashamed (Romans 5:5). 
3. Believe and receive the gospel. It is the power of God to all that believe. (Romans 1:16)
4. Have faith (Romans 9:33)
5. Receive the gift of righteousness (2 Cororinthians 5:21) 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            .... By Pastor Dr Peter Adegbie