By Roger Hollar
We are in a series called The Seven Oppressive Spirits Plaguing Families of Inmates.
I propose to you that there were seven oppressive spirits present around the arrest, trial, sentencing, and execution of Jesus. These same oppressive spirits stand arrogantly against the families of inmates and prevent them from finding hope and redemption in Christ.
The sixth of these is the demon prince, Abandonment. We find him in Mat 27:46. “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’”
So now, Abandonment, the ultimate source of agony, attacks Jesus. The Father has turned his head from the cross. The Father is unable to look upon the sin that Jesus had become for each of us. Jesus suffers the loss of eternal companionship. Jesus has never known a day without the fellowship of the Father. This was an entirely new emotion for Jesus.
The demon prince, Abandonment, threatens to rob families and children of inmates of their identity, personhood and resiliency. Threatens an avalanche of “father hunger.” Abandonment will bury its victims in an icy cold blanket of despair, disbelief and fear.
The demon prince, Abandonment would rob these families of the hope and redemption available through Mercy Heart.
Covered by the blood of Christ, call out the demon prince, Abandonment. May the bonds of Abandonment be broken. In Jesus name may this powerful stronghold over families of inmates be torn down. May these families be delivered from the kingdom of darkness and redeemed by the Kingdom of Light by the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
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