MGHM Healing Brief, 11/11

Stand Firm

In the opening chapter of God at War, Gregory Boyd writes that "New Testament authors were inclined to attribute pain and suffering to the evil purposes of Satan and demons. By contrast, we [moderns] . . . are inclined to attribute pain and suffering to the mysterious Ďgoodí purposes of God" (InterVarsity Press, 1997, p. 26).

Boydís book is a call for a "warfare perspective" of evil. It summons todayís Christians to fight the devilís work, rather than "strive to accept it as coming from the loving hand of Providence."

Resist and stand your ground

Amen!! This is exactly the point of Paulís letter to the Ephesians (6:11-15, Amplified), urging us four times to stand against evil, not "strive to accept it":

Put on God's whole armor . . . that you may be able successfully to stand up against [all] the strategies and the deceits of the devil, . . . to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place]. Stand therefore . . . having shod your feet in preparation [to face the enemy with the firm-footed stability, the promptness, and the readiness produced by the good news] of the Gospel of peace.
                                      With the authority given us

Paulís instructions are echoed throughout Scripture. Isaiah 53:4 proclaims the Good News that our Messiah went to the Cross to bring us shalom, complete deliverance from sin, sickness, weakness, distress, sorrow, and pain. When this message is firmly rooted in our minds and spirits, we can take our stand and pierce any problem with "the Word that God speaks . . . alive and full of power" (Hebrews 4:12). We can bind the demons behind the problem (Matthew 16:19a).

We can cut the cords by which the rulers of this present darkness have enslaved us (Psalm 129:4). And with the authority given us by Jesus we can loose ourselves and others from any infirmity that the devil and his agents have tied to us (Matthew 16:19).

In a few days my own book-length attack on the devil and his works, Simple Healing, will be in print. A good share of it is devoted to the need for bullheaded resistance to everything that's inconsistent with the Kingdom of Heaven:

Our part in the process

"If spiritual healing is in order, the Word spoken in faith will pierce to the deepest recesses of the heart, bringing righteousness, forgiveness, peace, and joy. If mental healing is needed, the spoken Word has the power to bring it to the furthest reaches of our minds. And if physical healing is necessary, the spoken Word is fully capable of . . . bringing Godís healing power to whatever it touches.

"As Iíve been saying all along, our part in the process is simple. We put on the whole armor of God, . . . take the words of the New Covenant in our mouths, and speak them in faith--persistently, stubbornly, single-mindedly, unwaveringly--until the power of God has finished its work."

In other words, as Paul puts it, we stand.

                                                                                     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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