|According to Isaiah 53:5
and dozens of other scriptures in both Testaments, the
finished work of Jesus has rescued us from everything that
damages our shalom, the internal and external harmony
that God wants us to have. And itís clear that we need
to be rescued: as long as we live on Planet Earth, the devil
and his agents will bombard us with lies and half-truths
designed to paralyze us spiritually.
These attacks can be thought of as "internal
persecution," similar to the outside interference with
our families, finances, and relationships that we discussed
last month. But a big difference is that the devilís war
on our inner lives isnít restrained by law. Any distortion
of truth he can get us to believe is legal unless we
stand against it.
and shame turn into bondage
His project starts in the crib. Spirits of
confusion come on babies when their parents are shouting
insults at each other. Guilt and shame turn into bondage for
kids whose parents discipline them without love. As they
grow up, "word curses" add to the damage: Youíll
never amount to a hill of beans. Youíre dumb just like
your Uncle Homer. You have a rotten disposition like Aunt
When the kids go off to school, other students continue
the enemyís work: You walk funny. You talk funny. Youíre
a geek. Youíre too fat. Youíre too thin. Your nose is
too long. Your nose is too short. You couldnít handle a
football if the government paid you to do it.
result is a life-long struggle
Adult "friends" and acquaintances
contribute their share of poison. And if the lies become
full-blown bondages in the victimís mind and emotions, the
result is a life-long struggle with fear, anger, guilt,
anxiety, pessimism, addictions, and depression. Itís not
surprising that physical sickness, mental breakdowns, and
suicide often follow.
Now, if weíre already rescued from this mess as
Scripture teaches, why are so many Christians still
struggling with crippled emotions and crippled minds? The
problem, I suggest, is that most of us donít have a clue
how to resist. "Just live with it," we say.
"Think positive." Successful resistance, however,
requires more than a decision to have beautiful thoughts.
The Good News is that we arenít expected to cope with the
mess in our own strength.
To deal with self-condemnation of any kind, first
ask the Holy Spirit to "take hold" with you
against the problem. Next, find the Word that speaks to your
need. You can start with Romans 8:1: "There is
therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus." Third, assert your authority over those
festering word-curses one at a time and destroy them in the
name of Jesus. Thank the Lord for His strength at work in
And always remember that even if the devilís insults
have some basis in fact, the "facts" that he keeps
repeating are no more permanent than bad weather. Godís
truth about you, dear one, is that youíre ransomed,
healed, restored, delivered--and when you enforce the
covenant Word relentlessly, the "facts"
will have to yield to the Truth!
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 healedóthrough
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
Healing Briefs here