|Among the most stubborn
ailments that face any minister of healing are obsessive
behaviors--some sexual, some not. Getting these addictions
healed is often harder than curing a tumor.
Why should this be so? Well, in thirty-plus years of
ministry, it's become clear to me that all
addictions--alcohol, unwholesome fantasies, cigarettes,
food, chocolate, drugs, pornography, mental quirks and
obsessions, sexual quirks and obsessions, fear, doubt,
gambling, or whatever--are demon-driven torments.
And flushing them out is complicated by the fact that so
many of them are socially acceptable.
a Christian wakes up
This month the Lord has asked me to pay special
attention to the unfashionable subject of what used to be
called "sexual sins." As He reminds me, countless
Christians are wandering through life in a smog of
perversion, "looking for love in all the wrong
places." They're encouraged, of course, by the current
popular mindset--which blesses not only those old standbys,
fornication and adultery, but a whole range of homoerotic
and pornographic obsessions as well.
When a Christian wakes up to the fact that his/her life
is increasingly distorted by a destructive thought-pattern
or habit, what's the way out?
power of the Blood
In my years of praying for inner
cleansing, I've discovered that the most reliable approach
is a persistent application of the Blood of Jesus. The
cleansing power of the Blood is well attested in Scripture.
First John 1:7 is the classic text: "The blood of Jesus
Christ cleanses us from all sin and guilt."
Now, let's be clear what we mean by that. As Pastor
William Vaswig writes, when he pleads the Blood of Jesus
over himself he doesn't visualize red liquid, but rather
"the power of the energy given off in the shedding of
Jesus' blood." This energy is what we mean when we draw
prayerfully on the Blood of the resurrected Christ, flowing
into the people who make up His Body on earth, bringing life
and health wherever it penetrates.
Here's how any Christian can apply the Blood of Jesus to
his/her mind, habits, will, and emotions. Lay your hands on
your head and pray something like this:
times a day
"I apply the Blood
of Jesus to my mind and body as a cleansing from the
Lord. I confess (the obsession/addiction) that has shackled
me, and I repent of it, in the Name of Jesus. Spirits
causing (this obsession/addiction), you are bound and cast
away from me, in Jesus' name and by the authority that is
mine according to the Scriptures."
Do it several times a day.
Keep on applying the Blood of Jesus for forgiveness and deep
cleansing. It may take a while, but the end result will be a
forget that . . .
God should be our
resort, not our last resort. Start taking time
right now to build up the faith you need to
receive His healing.
God is ready to
heal us in every
physically, emotionally, and mentally.
God heals all
types of disease, pain, sorrow, and
infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.
us to be healed, to be "whole"
persons enjoying abundant life.
God expects us to
with Him in getting healed—through
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
Healing Briefs here