By Roger Hollar
We are in week two of 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.
Last week we talked about Anonymity (Click Here to Read Anonymity). This week I want to talk about the second demon prince, Isolation. We find him in Matt. 26:39. “He [Jesus] went a little farther [into the garden] and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ‘O My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as You will.’”
This was a moment when the demon prince, Isolation, was working his finest craft. Jesus withdrew. He separated himself from everyone else. In this secluded place away from others Jesus sought refuge. Is there no other way? He must resign himself to the will of the Father. There is no other way. Later he would sweat great drops of blood as he bore the weight of sin’s consequence concealed from others.
Is this not also the plight of precious families of inmates? The demon prince, Isolation, falls on his prey like a quarantine on a contagious infectious disease. These families resign themselves to the fact that there is no other to help bear the repercussions of an errant family member. So too, this demon prince, Isolation, prevents hurting families in need of hope and redemption from availing themselves of the ministry of Mercy Heart.
Covered by the blood of Christ, call out the demon prince, Isolation. May the bonds of Isolation 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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