MGHM Healing Brief, 9/13


About Those "Normal" Weaknesses

If we think of human infirmities in the order of their importance to most people, physical ailments are likely to top the list. These are the concerns that usually send Christians off in search of divine healing. Next down the list are mental and emotional disorders, especially if they do obvious damage to our quality of life, as in advanced dementia.

Even less attention is paid to the very real but generally manageable hurts that we discussed in last May’s Brief, "Free from Emotional Pain"--chronic fear, chronic anger, guilt complexes, depression, and so on. And at the bottom of the list are the subtle torments that probably don’t even register as "weaknesses" with most Christians: worry, anxiety, pessimism, fatalism. "Oh, that’s just how she is," we’re apt to say, as if taking a dim view of everything is just another way to deal with reality.

We can't harbor dim views

Of course all of us have fleeting pessimistic thoughts, and many of them are as normal as flashes of fear or anger. But dim-viewing becomes a "weakness" or an "infirmity" when it tends to dominate our thought-patterns. If they’re carried far enough these attitudes can ruin our life in Christ just as effectively as big-time sin.

How so? Because they’re strictly inconsistent with mature faith. We can’t harbor dim views for any length of time without getting off the "same page" with God, and ultimately cutting ourselves off from our covenant gift of good health.

You don't have to live in bondage

Fortunately, the way out is easy. The Good News, as we suggested last May, is that our salvation is meant to deliver us from every work of the devil, right down to the smallest residue. The Messiah’s mission to dim-viewers couldn’t be clearer than in Isaiah 61:1-3 (Amplified), promising "the garment of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit."

Once the Holy Spirit has made us aware of the "normal" weaknesses we may be harboring, getting rid of them is pretty much the same as any other kind of healing by faith. If, for example, you’re feeling shame over your past life, remind yourself that you’ve been "bought back" from that life by your Savior. You don’t have to live in bondage to the past. Use this quick prayer or any other that the Spirit suggests to you:

Take your place in Christ

"Lord God, I see by your Word that Jesus has already set me free from shame over my past. I come against it now in Jesus’ Name and by the power of the Holy Spirit. I command the shackles behind this shame to release their hold on me. Jesus has already delivered me. Spirits of shame, get out of my life now and forever! Amen!"

Deal with any other weakness the same way. From time to time you may find yourself spoiling your days and nights and blocking the power of God with a habit of mind that interferes with your faith. Just calm down, take your place in Christ, speak the Word over the problem, send the enemy packing, and stand firm until your deliverance is complete.

                                                                                     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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