The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
The 3 fold mission of the devil is to steal, kill and to destroy. But let me shock you: the destruction mandate is not only for the devil, Jesus also owns the mandate to do.
Isaiah’s Prophecy (Isaiah 10:20-27)
The Israelites found themselves in the hands of another oppressor named the Assyrian. They were really being tormented by the Assyrians. It was exactly like the experience they had with the Egyptians but there’s hope for the Lord’s people.
Isaiah 10:27 paraphrased
And it shall come to pass in that day, that his[The Assyrian/Devil] burden shall be taken away from off thy[Israelite/Believers] shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke[Sickness/infirmities/Diseases] shall be destroyed because of the anointing[Jesus/Holy Spirit].
This Prophecy was given in the Pre-Jesus era and it came to pass in the Peri-Jesus era.
Acts 10:38 paraphrased
How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed(yoked, made sick) of the devil; for God was with him.
Don’t forget that yoke/sickness/diseases shall be DESTROYED by the Anointing (Jesus) and we can see God giving the destruction mandate to Jesus in this very verse.
Still in the Peri-Jesus Era, let’s see how Jesus carried it out.
The temple scene
And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to DESTROY us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
Here we see a man that’s having a sickness in which demon is involved, as soon as he saw Jesus, he knew that Jesus’ destruction mandate will surely be carried out, so he begged Jesus not to send him out but he had no option.
The Mad man of Gadarene
But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him,
And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment(DESTROY) me not.
We’ve seen the destruction mission before and during Jesus ministration on earth. John also gave the testimony.
1 John 3:8
He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God(Jesus/You)was manifested, that he might DESTROY the works of the devil(Sickness/infirmity).
John affirmatively tells us that Jesus’ primary assignment on earth is to come and DESTROY but after Jesus; the Son of God who was the first born left this world, He left the mandate with you and me because we are also sons of God (Rom8:14). and we are also to go out and give Life to those who are lacking it. We are meant to heal the sick.
Are you born again? Oh yes! You’re also a son of God, you’re meant to destroy the works of the devil ! Sickness is a work of the devil – you are to destroy it, –you’re to heal the sick. Even if you can’t heal anybody of their sickness, you’re meant to heal yourself of any sickness. You too can heal the sick since you’re a son of God! Little wonder Jesus said that those that believe in Him shall lay hands on the sick and they shall recover (Mark16:17).
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