“And Jesus, seeing her, called to her, and said to her, Woman thou art loosed from thine infirmity. And he laid his hands upon her; and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.” (Luke 13:12 KJV)
Over a decade ago, Pastor T.D. Jakes was praised for his book (and eventually the movie) Woman Thou Art Loosed. From his work, many have taken the obvious point that God has loosed us from the bondage that has prevented us from believing in and pursuing our destinies through Christ. This is true. God has indeed freed us! The focus of this EmpowerMoment, however, is not upon the fact that we have been made free, but upon the question “Why?”
Why has God freed us? Why did He bring you through that relationship? Why did He allow you to survive that incident? Why did He provide your healing? Why did He bless your career and/or finances?—GOD HAS LOOSED YOU TO WORSHIP!
Throughout the bible, we discover that God’s deliverance of His people is connected to worship. In Exodus, after hundreds of years of suffering, God frees Israelfrom slavery. In doing so, He repeatedly emphasizes the fact that Israelis to be free to worship Him. “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so they may worship me.” (Exodus 8:1 NIV)
Unlike Israel, most of us have not endured physical captivity by man. Instead, many of us are like the woman in Luke—bound by our circumstances. Nevertheless, whether holistically or in part, God has provided deliverance in many areas of our lives. He now seeks a worshipful response.
When the woman in Luke was loosed from her infirmity, she immediately began to praise God. Similarly, when we reflect on how God has freed us from our various issues, let us also remember to respond in worship. If God has brought you through any struggle or burden in life, don’t be ashamed to give Him the praise and worship that is due. Don’t be afraid to share the greatness of God, to lift your hands in worship, or to open your mouth in praise. God has loosed you to worship! Therefore, “Let everything that has breath, praise the Lord.” (Psalm 150:6 NIV)
Thank You for the deliverance that You have brought to my life. When I am careless or reluctant, help me to remember that I have been loosed to worship. Help me not to worship only when life seems problem free. However, let me remember that Your deliverance is always cause for a worshipful response. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, I EMPOWER you to recognize that God has loosed you to worship. I EMPOWER you to open your mouths, lift your hands, and respond to a great God with great praise!
Ms. Latasha McCrary is an active member of St. Luke Christian Church in Huntsville, AL where she serves as a Young Adult Facilitator and is training as a Life Skills Coach. She is passionate about the practice of law and views her profession as an extension of her calling to serve. Latasha firmly believes that “Service is the price we pay for the space we occupy” and is grateful for God’s continuing favor evidenced in her life. “By this I know that you favor me, because you have not let my enemies triumph over me.” (Psalms 41:11)