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 third of these is the demon prince, Loneliness. We find him in Mat 26:34. “Jesus said to him, ‘Assuredly, I say to you that this night, before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.’”
Later in the passage listed above we find Peter doing just as Jesus said. He denied his friend and mentor of three years. Can there be a more lonely feeling than to be denied, ignored, by friends or family? In the movie The Passion of Christ there is a scene where Jesus makes eye contact with Peter at the exact moment of his third denial. It is clear Jesus knew he was now alone to face his ordeal.
The demon prince, Loneliness, stops families of inmates dead in their tracks, when families and friends, churches and communities turn their backs on them. They are left with a meager sense of self-worth and significance. Like his evil snake mentor in the garden of Eden who drew Adam & Eve into a lie, Loneliness, cuts off these hurting families in need of hope and redemption from the loving companionship offered by Mercy Heart.
Covered by the blood of Christ, call out the demon prince, Loneliness. May the bonds of Loneliness 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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