|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
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.
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:
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
"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.
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 healedóthrough
medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking.
Everything that promotes healing is a gift from
Healing Briefs here