Demons, strongholds and liberation!

Do you recognize this distinguished looking man? I used to be a betting man, but I will make a wager that you are stumped?

This is a picture of Simón Bolívar (1783-1830).  I typed this sentence in Google, “Who is the greatest Liberator of all time?”  Answer – “There can be no doubt about #1 on the list: only one man earned the simple title “The Liberator.” Simón Bolívar, greatest of the liberators.

When Venezuelans began clamoring for independence as early as 1806, young Simón Bolívar was at the head of the pack. He helped establish the First Venezuelan Republic and distinguished himself as a charismatic leader for the patriot side. It was when the Spanish Empire fought back that he learned where his true calling was.

As a general, Bolivar fought the Spanish in countless battles from Venezuela to Peru, scoring some of the most important victories in the War of Independence. He was a first-rate military mastermind who is still studied by officers today all over the world. After Independence, he attempted to use his influence to unify South America but lived to see his dream of unity crushed by petty politicians and warlords.”

I guess Google forgot about “Jesus of Nazareth and Isaiah 61:1!”

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me, to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners

We are in our series entitled, “Who do you say that I am?” In our passage this week from Matt. 8:24-34 two men possessed by demons provide us with their answer as to who Jesus really is – no doubt in the spiritual world or in hell who Jesus is!

My title for Sunday is called, “The Bondage Liberator!”  Let’s get real because all of us are controlled by something or someone!  Jesus was and is the greatest “Liberator” today, yesterday and forever.  He is the only One who can set you free and keep you from bondage!

Hope to see you at either 9am or 10:45 am this Sunday. Maybe you have some strongholds in your life?  We won’t be having an evening service so be sure to sign up early!  We will also be having our men’s breakfast on Saturday at 8 am and you can sign-up online. Men, I want to share some biblical thoughts on, “Building your life on values that last!”

In the hands of the real Champion,