Luke 4:16 – So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day and stood up to read. (Verse 17) And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah,. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written: (Verse 18) “The Spirit of the LORD is upon 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 captive, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, (Verse 19) to preach the acceptable year of the LORD.”
(Verse 20) Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. (Verse 21) And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.”
Jesus was saying, “I’m Him!” “I’m the Messiah!” In this passage, are the five foundational ministries of Jesus:
1) Salvation: “Preach the gospel to the poor.” “proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.” (Now is the time that you can accept the Lord and the Lord can accept you.)
2) Spirit Baptism: “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me.” “He has anointed Me.” (We know the Holy Spirit descended on Him when He was water baptized. Every person needs to be anointed by the Holy Spirit.)
3) Healing: “Recovery of sight to the blind.” 4) Deliverance: “Proclaim liberty to the captives.” 5) Emotional Healing; “Heal the brokenhearted.” “Set at liberty those who are oppressed.”
In the Greek, broken hearts is two words, but put together: means broke in pieces, to shatter. Has your heart ever been broken? If it has, there is Someone that can heal it. There is Someone that can put every piece back together, so you don’t have to live with a broken heart and His name is Jesus.
There are two strongholds that come to mind: One is a broken heart and one is a bruise heart. What happens many times, when our hearts are broken, a stronghold of rejection takes place in us. It’s a fact that we are susceptible to rejections as human beings and I’m sure everyone, at one time or another has been rejected.
Believe it or not, we are born in rejection by God. Why? Because we are born with a sin nature. So until we receive Jesus and are covered in His blood, we are rejected. (Yes, I understand there is an age of account ability and babies that die are with God, but think about what I said.)
Watch what happens, as we grow up, that fosters this rejection: Numbers 14:34 -According to the number of days in which you spied out the land, forty days, for each day you shall bear your guilt one year, namely forty years, and you shall know My rejection.
God’s talking to the children of Israel and He tells them, “Because you rejected Me, you will know my rejection.”
Hosea 8:3 – “Israel has rejected the good; the enemy will pursue him.” Because they rejected God’s way they opened a door to the enemy. There are basically 7 strongholds that come from the root of rejection. These are emotional strongholds. Some people call them “Personality Disorders.” However, there are emotional strongholds that keep people in bondage and they go back to the root of rejection.
Strongholds of a Broken Heart
1) Anger – People who have “outbursts” of anger, actually have a spirit of rejection. They have rage in them that in many cases they can’t control. Some people will explode over hardly any reason. People like that are scary to be around. But something someone says or does, sets them off. There is a spirit of rejection behind that. I’ve seen little kids fly into a rage because they were told no. Anger is a spirit also, and it enters a person because of the spirit of rejection.
Example: 1 Samuel 15:26 – But Samuel said to Saul, “I will not return with you, for you have rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD has rejected you from being king over Israel.”
1 Samuel 19:9 – Now the distressing spirit from the LORD came upon Saul as he sat in his house with his spear in his hand. And David was playing music with his hand. (Verse 10) Then Saul sought to pin David to the wall with the spear, but he slipped away from Saul’s presence; and he drove the spear into the wall. So David fled and escaped that night.
When Saul was rejected because of disobedience, God rejected him as king of Israel and Saul opened a door to an evil spirit to come in him. When this spirit would come on Saul, he would have uncontrollable outbursts of anger and rage.
2) Insecurity – These are people who constantly need attention and will do just about anything to get it. They want to make sure they are noticed everywhere they go. They have to be recognized.
3) Pride – People who portray themselves as “having it all together.” Prideful people talk a lot. They have to give their opinion on everything because they think their opinion is the best.
4) Independence – “I don’t need anyone! I can make it on my own.” They don’t do very well in relationships. They won’t listen to counsel or take correction. They do what they want to do no matter what.
5) Those Easily Offended – These people take comments very personally. You can’t joke with them. They’re bruised. A bruise is inward bleeding and it will discolor on the outside of the skin. Yes, it can go away, but if you bump it again, it might start bleeding again. Someone has said something in the past to that person that wounded them and someone else says something and bumps that bruise and the wound opens up and emotion of rejection starts all over again. They are offended. These are people that others feel like they are walking on eggshells when around them.
6) Excessive Shyness or Loneliness – Again, this is not talking about someone’s personality. This is in excessive behavior. They have a fear of being around people.
7) Control and Manipulation – Almost every person that has a spirit of control and manipulation, has a spirit of rejection. When a person has this spirit of rejection, they are susceptible of being a manipulator.
Why? Because they have to control others responses so they don’t feel rejected. It’s a control thing because of a rejection in the past, they try to not be rejected in the future by others. But this is usually seen pretty quickly and turns others off! These people interrupt others a lot when they are speaking so they can direct the conversation. This happens especially when they are confronted. They also will try to turn it back on the other person by saying, “You do the same thing!” These people will also try to control through intimidation. Hurt people, hurt people! Offended people, offend people!
These people will also do this through pity. They will get others to feel sorry for them when confronted. Or they’ll start crying to manipulate a person not to confront them. I’ts not what that one person is saying, it’s what has been said to them before.
Jesus heals broken hearts and He heals bruises. The Bible says, “To set at liberty.” To set free people who have been bruised. That means that a bruise can hold a person in bondage. This word means “crushed.”
I’m sure if you’ve lived long enough, you’ve been crushed. The loss of a marriage will do that to people or the loss of a relationship. But if we look hard enough there will be some unforgiveness at the root of these two. 2 Corinthians 2:10 – Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sake’s in the presence of Christ, (Verse 11) lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.
We get bruised by others actions towards us. Thoughts will come in our head through the enemy and tell us how mad we should be at them for what they said or what they did to us. Then we start to slide into that place where we don’t want to forgive them. Then we might say that we will forgive them but we won’t forget. Emotional healing has to come or we will never be delivered.
This in no way means we become someone’s door-mat for another’s abuse. There can be repentance on both sides. If one refuses to repent, then sometimes we have to walk away.
If people continue to open doors for the enemy to come in and take control over their emotions, I believe it will eventually make them physically sick! They will walk around with a “chip” on their shoulder from past hurts and past wounds.
We need to remember: The words we say to others can either heal or destroy. Sometimes the words we say can open old wounds in anther’s past, so be careful.
However, Jesus is the One that can reach deep down and heal us completely, if we let Him! Even if the one that caused the pain never ask for forgiveness, Jesus can take that hurt and wash us clean!