Down Strongholds, Part 2
|Under the New Covenant,
you already have the right to deliverance from
whatever is broken in your life, anything that holds you
captive—sickness, poverty, and all the rest. But when
these torments persist in spite of your prayers, it’s
likely that unclean spirits are pulling the switches. In
that case you have the authority to bind up the
demons and send them packing—in other words, to pull down
the Holy Spirit to guide you
How to do it? Let’s start with the two points
that concluded last month’s Brief:
When you pray about a problem, does it refuse to shape
up—a recurring sickness, temptation, grief, addiction,
destructive emotion? One or more "resident" demons
are probably behind it. Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in
going on the attack.
(2) Following the Spirit’s directions, cast out
the demon(s) behind the problem, and keep hammering on them
until they leave. Don’t give up! Evil
spirits are crafty and stubborn, and getting rid of them is
often a process rather than a one-shot event.
The same approach applies
when you’re interceding for someone else—and in this
case the Spirit’s instructions are absolutely
indispensable, because you don’t have first-hand knowledge
of what’s oppressing the person you’re praying for.
quietly to the Spirit, and obey
And incidentally, don’t let the world’s
"wisdom" intimidate you if you’re moved to pray
in tongues, or when the Holy Spirit communicates with you in
an unfamiliar way. He may give you a picture (vision), for
example, or an abrupt word or two of knowledge that breaks
into your thoughts. Just put your misgivings on hold, listen
quietly to the Spirit, and obey.
Let me illustrate the process with a personal anecdote.
two-year-old boy in my neighborhood—"Matt"—has
been diagnosed with autism. The first few times when I
prayed for Matt’s deliverance, I just spoke the Word of
God into his life. But it became clear that his deliverance
would be a process rather than an event. In May I bound the
spirit of autism and cast it out of his head. In the Spirit
I saw an angel using something like a metal pitchfork to pry
the demons off Matt’s brain.
the stronghold collapses
I gave his mother a copy of Simple Healing
and asked her to lay her hand on his head each night when
tucking him into bed. I asked her to say, "Thank you,
Jesus, that you took Matt’s disease upon yourself 2,000
years ago. With your suffering, Matt is healed."
Praying again early this summer for Matt’s deliverance, I
saw not only the light-wedge lifting autism off his brain,
but also an angel cutting four cords just above his head.
When the angel cut the cords, the demon of autism had no
more power over his mental functions. Matt recently spoke
his first sentence.
Dear one, the idea is to be
relentless. You don’t have to pray beautiful
prayers or use elegant "churchy" formulas. All
that’s necessary is that you hang in there—boldly,
single-mindedly, stubbornly, bull-headedly—until the
stronghold collapses and the enemy limps off the scene.
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