Every time I preach from Luke 4:18, I emphasize on the issue of setting the captives free.
This is because every other Preacher stresses everything else.
Jesus made no mistake during his ministry, he balanced preaching, with healing the sick as well as teaching with casting out evil spirits.
Lets read from
AKJV: The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
NLT: " The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for he has appointed me to preach Good News to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the downtrodden will be freed from their oppressors,
NIV: "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free.
Many churches and ministries deliberately omit the setting free of the oppressed.
Sometimes the problem we encounter is that the oppressed don't even know they are oppressed.
Many people in church today have never been delivered, they have never been set free.
They rationalize many demonic activities that happen in their lives.
So many miscarriages, cancers, accidents, depressions and suicides take place in churches today because of demonic influences.
But we have Christians who are now "rational", they do not believe anymore in the concept of demonic bondage, neither do they accept the ministration of angels.
We dismiss things that don't make sense to us and non-existent.
We accept the existence of God only out of moral obligation but our very lives deny His power.
Unfortunately demons don't care what we believe, question or object to.
They attack many among us and possess even those who lead us in church.
Some among us have been in bondage since birth but unless we accept that the chronic depression, recurrence of accidents, lunacy or miscarriages are the work of demons we continue to suffer at the "mercy" of evil spirits.
Believing in the existence of demons or denying it won't prevent them from harming us. We can't deliver ourselves through much debates and theological inquiry.
Jesus is the One who specifically came to set the captives free.
Today He continues to do His work through the body of believers.
Take a good look at your situation and circumstances.
Is it not time to admit that you are in bondage to porn, drugs, violence, hatred, chronic illnesses, unexplained misfortunes, sheer bad luck?
It is only when you let the Great Physician step into your situation that you will get any rest.
Demons are not scared of many hospital visits, witchdoctors, your great debateful mind or lecture notes from your Godless Professor. They fear only Jesus, the Name above all names.
Have a blessed day.