MGHM Healing Brief, 8/14

Dealing with Condemnation

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.

Guilt 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 Hilda.

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.

The 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.

                     Assert your authority

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 you.

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!

                                                                                     óMary 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 wayóspiritually, 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 healedóthrough medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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