on the Attack
|In June’s Healing Brief
we discussed how Jesus healed the sick simply by ordering
them to be well. Many of His healings involved the expulsion
of evil spirits from the body or mind of the sufferer--as in
Mark 1:25, Mark 5:8, and Mark 9:25. So today I’m going to
discuss how God expects us to deal with the forces behind so
much of the suffering we’re called to pray about--an
extension of the principle of "healing by
It hardly needs to be said that the average modern
Christian is uncomfortable with talk about demons and evil
spirits. But Jesus apparently took their existence for
granted, and He used the spoken Word to control them. It’s
plain that He wasn’t much interested in being
we’re going to pray successfully against the ailments
that are dragging down the Body of Christ, we need to throw
off our polite, respectable, powerless reservations about
Satan and his angels, and follow our Lord’s example.
6:12 makes it clear that we’re not fighting against
“flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers,
against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against
spiritual wickedness in high places.”
do we fight effectively? The way Jesus did--by binding
the evil force behind our sufferings and commanding
it to leave.
Do precise praying
have the necessary authority (Matthew 18:18 and
elsewhere) and we’re expected to use it. There’s no room
for wishy-washiness here. Over the years I’ve heard
countless Christians plead with God to remove the torments
from their lives, and their prayers are doubtless sincere.
God hasn't told us to pussyfoot around our problems, or to
pray vague, humble, “nice” prayers about sickness,
grief, despair, depression, and temptation. On the contrary,
He expects us to do precise praying--to take
the bullet of His Word and aim it directly at
the evil force that’s tormenting us and the people around
a quick example: “I am talking to you, demon, behind
this sickness [name it]. Get out in the name of Jesus! I
take authority over you, demon, and command you to loose
your hold over me now. Leave and go into the abyss until the
coming of the Lord Jesus Christ!”
thirty-plus years of ministry have confirmed the Scriptural
assurance that the bolder and more direct we are in dealing
with Satan, the more effective our prayers will be. So I
strongly suggest that we set aside our polite reservations,
our “modern” skepticism about the reality of evil
spirits, and attack our enemy with the full
authority of God’s Word.
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
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