Those "Normal" Weaknesses
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
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.
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
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.
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:
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
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
Healing Briefs here