MGHM Healing Brief, 11/12

Pulling 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 their strongholds.

Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you

How to do it? Let’s start with the two points that concluded last month’s Brief:

(1) 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.

Listen 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.

A 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.

Until 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.

                                                                                     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 wayspiritually, 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 healedthrough medicine, diet, exercise, and straight thinking. Everything that promotes healing is a gift from Him.

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