The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath 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. Luke 4:18

Several years ago I was in one of the deepest valleys of my life. The enemy wanted me to believe that my pain was evidence that God forsook me in my loneliest season. However, my brokenness only substantiated the ardent love God has for me.

There is a place on my couch that I affectionately refer to as, “God’s lap.” It is the place where I would curl up in fetal position with a blanket and cry out to God. In those moments I could feel His loving arms wrap around me and bring comfort.

The proximity of your brokenness is close to the heart of Jesus.

There are many beautiful points in the scripture above (Luke 4:18), but the one that I would like to focus upon today is that Jesus is anointed to liberate those who are bruised.

A bruise is under the surface due to various kinds of trauma and often goes undetected. A bruise has often gone unnoticed on my body until I pass a mirror or I feel tenderness when I touch my leg or abdomen.

Anxiety, depression, sin, and heartache are all things that are under the surface and hidden; they are spiritual and mental bruises. 

Jesus was bruised so that you can be healed. (Isaiah 53:5; Luke 4:18).

  • Jesus wants to liberate you from your anxiety.
  • Jesus wants to liberate you from your past.
  • Jesus wants to liberate you from depression.
  • Jesus wants to liberate you from every insecurity and lie and sin.
  • Jesus wants to liberate you from your heartache and pain and sadness.

Pray with me, “By the authority of the word of God, and by the power of the name of Jesus, I bind depression, in Jesus name, and I loose freedom. I bind sickness, in Jesus name, and I loose healing. I bind anxiety and fear, in Jesus name, and I lose Your perfect love that casts out ALL FEAR. I bind every lie of the enemy, in Jesus name, and I loose the truth of Your word. I pray that You would liberate me from every bruise that is under the surface and that You would bring complete healing in my life. Thank you for being bruised so that I can be healed.


Angela Overton is a lover of words, nature, and coffee. She is an ordained minister with the UPCI, has a Masters Degree in Theology, and loves to teach Bible studies. She and her amazing husband, Michael, pastor in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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