MGHM Healing Brief, 8/08

Going 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 command."

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 "modern."

Our Lord's example

If 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.

Ephesians 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.”

How do we fight effectively? The way Jesus did--by binding the evil force behind our sufferings and commanding it to leave.

                                      Do precise praying

We 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.

But 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 us.

Scriptural assurance

Here’s 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!”

My 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.

                                                                                     Mary Graff  

Don't forget that . . .

God should be our first 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 wayspiritually, physically, emotionally, and mentally.

God heals all types of disease, pain, sorrow, and infirmity. Nothing is too hard for Him.

God wants us to be healed, to be "whole" persons enjoying abundant life.

God expects us to cooperate with Him in getting healedthrough medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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