Monday, January 23, 2006

Supernatural Wounds

Recently I came across someone who had received what I would call a "supernatural wound". They had been exposed to something arcane as a youngster and it had resulted in them having a profoundly damaging experience.

Essentially they were offered via a friends, a book that allegedly contained magic spells that "really worked". What the book turned out to contain was various satanic rites. Once exposed to this, the person struggled with it for some time. They now have a fledgling faith, but are still haunted by the things they have read. They told me that it is at these times, when they hear God reminding them that He still loves them no matter what they have done... and reassuring them not to let it get to them. I would still class it as an open wound however, it's a source of attack that needs closing off.

I know what that kind of wound is like. I once misinterpreted what a scripture from Mark's Gospel meant... and felt condemned by it. I struggled and struggled with it for about 6 months. It lead to me opening up to people for the first time, because I couldn't control my problem alone... it was eating me up from the inside out. It helped me to lean more on God rather than worship him from a distance, so that was positive... but once the positive had been eked out... the wound needed closing. People prayed with me and helped me to understood what Jesus was getting at., that the issue was one of a "continual denial of grace" and not as plain as it seemed in the text.

However it's because of my own experience that I recognise the need to resolve issues like this in other people. The best way to disarm the enemies lies and curses is to remind people of God's blessings and promises. So here are a few scriptures for any spiritually damaged Christians out there. People who know what a direct spiritual attack feels like. These are DEEP truths, let God speak them into your heart as you read them:

"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand. I and the Father are one." - John 10:27-30

"The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them. Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him." Psalm 34: 7-8

"The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all" Psalm 34:17-19

"The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him" Psalm 103:8-13

"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me." Isaiah 49:15-16

"He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day" Psalm 91:4-5

"Because he loves me," says the LORD, "I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him."
Psalm 91:14-15

"What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:31-39

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20

If any of you doubt you are righteous, then know that if you have accepted Jesus sacrifice you are considered righteous by faith through Christ. God sees you as his child.

God said it in His Word, you believe it in your heart, that settles it forever.

If you struggle with anything like what I have mentioned above, I strongly recommend you pray through it with a leader at your church. They won't think you are crazy and will take you seriously. If you have a serious wound, it is better to have it treated than to struggle on and needlessly suffer.

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