MGHM Healing Brief, 10/12

Pulling Down Strongholds, Part 1

By now you’re used to my treating Satan and his demons as grim realities, not just products of Hollywood’s imagination. In a world as messed up as ours, it’s crucial to understand that the trials we face have a spiritual source.

Who, or what? Well, it’s not bad luck, bad politics, bad "karma"; not evolution or insufficient education; certainly not the mysterious will of a loving God. Scripture calls the world’s mess a curse—the sum total of sin, sorrow, and pain that showed up when our planet was cut off from the Divine Author of blessing.

And how is this curse activated? Ephesians 6:12 points the finger: "We do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places"—all under the direction of the arch-fiend, the devil.

A spiritual infection

So I invite you to embrace Scripture’s view of the mess, and to get ready to act on that view. Please turn off the secular "wisdom" of our age. Scriptural truth is changeless, like the shape of the wheel, and modern sophistication just can’t improve on it.

I’ll start by quoting from Simple Healing, p.142: "On an average day, the enemy’s pressure on a Christian will be from the outside. . . . But if there’s an opportunity, one or more demons may try to invade your consciousness, using a weak spot in your defenses. If they’re successful, the result will be a spiritual infection that can be described as a "stronghold" or a "fortress" of the enemy (2 Corinthians 10:4) . . . an indication that a hostile spirit has attached itself like a barnacle to the . . . mind, body, or spirit.

In Christ you have the power

"The insidious thing about it is that unlike other prayer blocks—disobedience, unforgiveness, and so on—a stronghold typically produces no symptoms other than that the disease is still there. You can drain the oil bottle and speak healing until you’re purple, and nothing will change until the demon has been scraped off the patient, so to speak."

How do we identify a stronghold, and how do we get rid of it? Typically if you have a problem that hangs on regardless of how much you pray, you need to "scrape off the barnacle." In Christ you have the power! Below are a couple of quick suggestions. I’ll amplify and illustrate them in next month’s Brief.

Ask the Holy Spirit to sharpen your view

(1) Start with what you already know. What part of your life absolutely refuses to shape up in answer to prayer—a persistent sickness, temptation, grief, addiction, destructive emotion? In all likelihood a demon is the problem. Ask the Holy Spirit to sharpen your view of the target and show you how to go on the attack.

(2) On the authority of God’s Word (Matthew 8:16, e.g.), cast out the demon(s) behind the problem, and keep hammering on them until they leave. Be relentless! Demons are crafty and stubborn, and deliverance from them is often a process rather than a one-time event.

Details to follow next month. . . .

                                                                                          --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 way--spiritually, 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 healed--through medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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