Women in the Bible IV: Day

The woman with a disabling spirit: he sees you


Today's Text: Luke 13:10-17, John 17:12-17, Hebrews 7:23-28, John 10:27-30

Text: Luke 13:10-17, John 17:12-17, Hebrews 7:23-28, John 10:27-30

The text today is one that makes my heart giddy and stirs my affections for The Lord.

Jesus was a busy man. Ministry was His thing. He utilizes rest well, but before He ever served Himself, He looked to the needs of others (Matthew 14:10-14). He split much of His time between teaching and healing.

On many occasions, people were brought to Him (Matthew 4:23-24) by advocates (Luke 4:38, 5:18-19, 9:38) who cared for them.

This story contrasts with the many brought by advocates because the woman today is not surrounded by her people. She is known for her ailment but there seems to be nobody FOR her.

Jesus saw her.

Think about that for a minute or ten. This woman was looked upon by Jesus.

He saw her, had compassion on her, called her to Himself, and spoke freedom over her.

And that same Jesus does the same for you and for me.

Scripture tells us that Jesus is our High Priest, better than any other priest because, unlike human priests, His reign will never ever end. Jesus sits in heaven, continually advocating for us, not simply saying “yes” to our pleas, but asking God to work on our behalf (Hebrews 7:23-25).

During His ministry, Jesus prayed over those with Him and for believers to come. “I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them safe from the evil one.” (John 17:15)

We were never promised ease and earthly comfort. Just like this overlooked woman, Jesus offers us a way out of the evil one’s grasp (Jude 24-25).

I don’t know your season, if you are surviving or thriving. But I do know that God is for you.

He sees you.

He sees YOU.

Just in case you’re sitting in unbelief, pretend I’m sitting across the table or beside you right now. HE SEES YOU.

Let that sink in.

Walk in that freedom. Let go of the chains. Look at Jesus, and don’t be surprised when you see that He is already looking at you.


Special thanks to Nadine Schroeder for contributing today’s guest post.

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  • Alva Burnett

    I have a friend that needs prayer. Her husband is not treating her right. I am forwarding today's devotion to her and pray she will find the comfort I received from it.

  • Roberto Wiggins

    Thank you for this today. Really needed it!

  • Thank u Sister!!! I'm new to Faith, but all in….

  • Thank you for this post…Wonderful, wonderful..My Lord Sees Me!! God wants us walking in the freedom He has purchased for us. It has already been done. That is why I love how Nadine wrote "Let go of the chains" YES I have been holding on to these chains that He has already loosed me from.. Well no more… I am letting them go! Thank You for your word Lord, and thank you Nadine for bringing forth this devotional!

  • I've heard stories all my life of hearing the right thing at the right time, and tonight I experienced that with this devotion! It was such a blessing!

  • Elaine,
    I too have been I’ll for a long time. Although my husband hasn’t physically left me I feel on a way he has left emotionally. I will be praying for you dear sister, He surely does see us. God bless and give you strength. May you feel his loving touch today<3

  • I cried when I read this devoted. I have been ill for a long time. I got ill just before my second marriage. I thought I had found an God given partner to intercede for my kids and I, but. My husband walked out after 8yrs of marriage. Along with him went money, status and the freedom of being able to get the thing we work hard to accomplish together. I have lost people I thought were my friends and have no one left to be an advocate for me and my kids. This is the worst pain and suffering I have ever been through. Every one wants me to move on, but I have no foundation anymore. I was used to being everyone else advocate, especially my husband and now he has left. I really hope Jesus is looking at me. I Feel so lost that I feel like no one is here to help me.

  • i am ever ever grateful to My Father for seeing me, truly seeing me! Every day He blows me away with how much He cares, not just for little o' me but for my loved ones as well, for my friends, my neighbours & even the stranger on the bus. i pray each day that i am able to reflect some of His Love to the people i meet and interact with, that they too may know His Love…
    Thank you Father!

  • I know this is truth,but I’m feeling discouraged…

  • I needed to hear this today! Jesus in your Name break all the chains! I need your prayers today ladies. Like many I read I have been battling warfare. By His name and His blood I claim victory! Please pray for my continued peace and joy!

  • Wow. I love this so much. I identify with the “disabling spirit” on so many levels. I love that Jesus frees her from a “disabling spirit” because that term, oh that term, is so powerful. Every spirit that keeps me from my Jesus is a disabling spirit. Pain and fear and stress and anxiety. He sees me and gives healing and freedom.

  • Rocknita55,

    It seems like the sunshine is here and the stormy season has passed. I don’t know what your circumstances are but, The Lord, put you on my heart and I’ve been praying for you for some time now, as well as looking for you to comment. Thank God for answering our prayers; even the simplest ones! All honor, power, praise and glory to our Heavenly Father!

  • This was the Gospel reading at my church on Saturday night! We discussed the uniqueness of this situation- how most stories of Jesus healing people are in the context of that person asking for help, or friends or relatives seeking out Jesus for help. But this woman was alone, with a bent back, simply in the temple. And Jesus sees her and heals her. This is a remarkably beautiful story!

  • Jennifer

    I have read this story before, but I always focused on what a jerk the ruler of the synagogue was, complaining about this woman being healed on the Sabbath. And, until today, I think I missed the true message of this story, which is: that Jesus saw this poor woman, had compassion on her, and healed her!

    Thank you so much for bringing out this beautiful truth, and for helping me to take my eyes off of the hypocritical pharisee and put the focus back where it belongs, on our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

  • Last summer my dad went to be with the Lord it’s been tough, we were really close, I was his only daughter, my dad was my everything and I miss him very much. Exactly to the year, this summer The Lord revealed painful truths about my ex fiancé, we had been together for 6 years, and I do still love him, but my God new I deserved much better and he saved me. My heart has been broken, I just feel broken.
    It’s hard to gasp everything that has happened, sometimes I fall short of my faith and struggle with being patient but I know his plans are better than mine. For the first time in my life I’m learning to depend on God and not others, his comfort and not earthly comforts.
    I know he see’s me!!!

  • It's amazing how impacting something so simple as "seeing us" can be. I'm amazed that Jesus chooses us. He's choosing to be right beside me and fight for me and love ME and YOU every day. He fights evil for us and He gives us the tools to be strong. We are not strong on our own. We are given strength when we seek our Father. Jesus, thank you for seeing me, seeking me, choosing me, fighting for me, caring for me, and loving me. Thank you for seeing, seeking, choosing, fighting and caring for, and loving all of my beautiful sisters in Christ. Because of you, we live and we love each other. And we will glorify You because of what You have given to us.

  • hallelujah! He SEE'S me….He knows me and still loves me. Nothing more to say but Hallelujah!

  • Bianca R

    He sees me! Thank you Lord for this message today. I will be singing this all day: http://youtu.be/ihueAIxYr6g

  • gail shingler

    And so…we should strive to SEE others…

  • charmaine fritz

    Wow!!!! Really!!! He sees me?? With all I baggage and issues he see ME!! He loves me that much to keep watch over me? He is praying for me? Sometimes those questions are really hard to believe the answer is YES! But it’s true Jesus sees us, loves us, and prays for us. The love that Jesus has for us surpasses any thing on this earth. I for one am so glad that he loves me enough to keep watch over me(I can get in some real jams I’d left on my own). Because he is watching me the enemy can only do so much and even then it’s not good enough to turn me from Jesus.

    Great devotion Nadine!

  • Leenda324

    Here’s the video. http://youtu.be/T7TgOjiZHCA
    Be blessed.

  • Leenda324

    In the words of Delirious!: my soul sings, my soul sings, my soulsings: How I love You!

  • OH MY GOODNESS!!!! I almost got up and ran around my house shouting Hallelujah! This hit me right to the core. That you Lord that you see me and you are working on my behalf. In Jesus name. Amen.

  • WOW! Look what kind relationship Jesus has with us–really look (talking to myself here). "I was keeping them in Thy name… I guarded them … Keep them from the evil one …sanctify them in the truth; They word is truth. Thank you Lord Jesus for having our backs here in this world until you come to take us home!

  • This devo has made me so emotional.
    "Jesus sits in heaven, continually advocating for us, not simply saying “yes” to our pleas, but asking God to work on our behalf (Hebrews 7:23-25).
    During His ministry, Jesus prayed over those with Him and for believers to come. 'I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them safe from the evil one.' (John 17:15)"
    My papa, my comforter, does not merely just grant pleas from a big throne in heaven. No. He is RIGHT HERE. On my level. Knowing his beloved lambs, Jesus doesn't say "yes" or "no," but rather prays for us, on our behalf, that God would earnestly be for us and would work in our lives.
    And He does.
    I have the heart of an advocate, and my dream is to be one for abused and neglected children in their court cases (they are called court appointed special advocates, or CASAs.) To know that Christ is our advocate in a world that has abused us makes my heart leap for joy. You see me father! Your heart is for your children!!
    Praise you, God!!!

  • Wow, I wrote down so many different things from this passage today! First of all, I believe there is a difference between knowing in your head and knowing in your heart, and I know that he sees me but this morning I am really realizing that he sees me!! He lives to intercede for me! He is a compassionate and wonderful high priest and I just absolutely loved this post today, Nadine. Thank you so so much!

  • Carolynmimi

    Saying thank you for all the prayers for my surgeries. After a couple of glitches in recovery, I am doing well…surgeries went according to plan. Really appreciated the prayers.

  • Janee White

    Thank you Lord, for seeing us, even in our bondage that kept us looking at the ground. Thank you Lord, for setting us free, and making straight what the enemy made crooked. Thank you Lord, for the touch of your hand, that brought our eyes to finally see yours. Thank you Lord, for seeing past what then enemy meant for harm. We worship you Lord, and praise you. …. in Jesus’ Name

  • Thank you for this today. Really needed it!

  • My sisters, I, like many of you, have been feeling mighty battle-weary and pretty bruised and banged up. It is so good to be reminded that I'm never alone and that He sees me! He's watching out for me, He's always working! He's always right and He's always right on time!

    They were all trying to frighten us, thinking 'Their hands will get too weak for the work, and it will not be completed.' But I prayed, 'Now strengthen my hands.' Nehemiah 6:9

    Thank You for seeing me Father and delivering me from this things that are binding me, crippling me. Strengthen my hands so I can keep up the work You have given me to do. I love You so! You are All-Sufficient! In Jesus Name! Amen.

  • rocknitat55

    Heavenly Father thank you for seeing me!

  • amykelly213

    I love this, Nadine! Thank you! He sees me. He sees ME! Even if no one else advocates for me, He does! Oh how He loves you and me!!

  • Just what i needed to read today! Its always nice to read something more than gossip but rather read an uplifting word something that may seem so simple but brings warmth to a heart. Just this weekend I’ve been emotionally struggling with where I stand. I’ve always struggled with my self esteem and stresd gets to me pretty quick! I had a nervous break down today since I’ve been bacl to school work and everything around me I just broke down and felt as if i was alone but you have just comfirmed that god sees me and i know that in the midst of need he is there! Thank you for your blogs. God bless xoxo

  • mindykim

    Wow. He sees me and knows this vey season that I'm going through,
    which I am struggling a lot with this concept of being IN the world but not OF the world.

    John 17:15 I can boldly testify! He never let the devil take foothold in my life..now I think about it (being kind of upset because God has given me this time of troubles that seem so hard to get by) he has been continuously protecting and providing for me…
    oh foolish of me…*smh*

    Even in times of troubles and waves going up and down,
    I want my heart to focus on only Him and be glad and grateful for all that he did, he is doing and he will do.

    Thank you Lord.

    • Sue

      My dear sister I am as u. In the most difficult season of my life. The pain is heartbreaking but I know He has me inHis hand. I am taking refuge in the shadow of His wings until this disaster has passed.psalm 57:1
      Our lives will never b the same since this tragedy occurred but I'm trusting in the lords plans and purposes for my family and me. I must be still and know that He is God…. I can't change a thing, so leaving it in His hands. I still have many anxious moments and the road ahead is going to b full of washouts but he's got my hand!
      His mercies are neweverymorning. Lamentations 3:23

  • God Bless

    There has been a song on my heart and I kept hearing break every chain. Lord help me to fix my eyes on you. I’m being set free from every people pleasing. Lord smile upon me and deliver me from my rusty old chains:( thank you dear Lord for seeing me. Pray for me sisters I do battle with pleasing people and when I say know no the world is angry. I need deliverance from this stronghold.

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