If you are still sticking with me on this new direction of my blog, then I'm assuming that you agree with me that we are engaged in spiritual warfare. I also figure that you believe we are battling unseen, spiritual enemies that seek to rob us of our peace in this world and our eternal security in the next --- both of which are found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.
I assure you that if you identify with me on these points, we are among the minority of those who share our Christian faith. But knowing these principles doesn't make us exempt from attacks or necessarily free of bondage. We know that ultimate victory will be ours when Jesus returns, but we still have to learn battle strategies to defeat the enemy in the conflicts and assaults we will find ourselves in on this side of Glory. I'd like to take the time to talk about one of these strategies today.
As I have shared with you in the past, my husband and I, through Divine inspiration, have been introduced to a ministry concept that involves us partnering with Jesus to help accomplish deliverance from spiritual wounds. That word, "Deliverance", is not a widely understood or accepted idea in the Modern Church, and I find that rather peculiar, to be honest with you. First of all, the prophets of the Old Testament declared that the Lord was their Deliverer (from slavery and bondage in Egypt) and foretold of a Deliverer who would come forth from Zion to set them free for all time. All four Gospels of the Bible were written with different audiences in mind, and give slightly different details about geography and people. But all four are vital to the New Testament's purpose of proving that Jesus is the Messiah, is the Savior, is the Redeemer God who came to save His people from their sins ... He is the Divine Deliverer for all who seek Him.
How many times throughout the Bible does Jesus refer to "eyes that see" and "ears that hear"? In fact, He often extends an invitation ... "He who has ears to hear, let him hear"! "He who has eyes to see, let him see"! On one level, Jesus is definitely talking to those who had the opportunity to discern who He was because He stood before them in the flesh, declaring the words of the prophets who had described the Deliverer who was to come. He was challenging them to put their knowledge and their faith to work and to recognize that their Deliverer was present.
As often as not, Jesus also referred to unseeing eyes and unhearing ears to give warning of the spiritual blindness of those who could not -- or would not -- recognize Him. They refused to see His miracles as evidence of the Father who had sent Him; or to see that He fit the description of the Messiah, the Deliverer that had been prophesied. Additionally, they rejected His message from God; would not hear Him, and their hearts were hardened and they could not understand who He was. These are valid and true interpretations of Scripture and Jesus warns that those who have "eyes to see but do not see, and ears to hear but do not hear, dwell in the midst of a rebellious house" (Ezekiel 12:2). Is it possible that, like the rebellious House of Israel, the modern Church has eyes, but refuses to see; and ears, but refuses to hear?
This simple supposition -- that God made us with eyes to see Him, and ears to hear Him -- lies at the heart of what He wants to accomplish as our Deliverer ... to set us free from satan's bondage, and to heal us. And, as the Holy Spirit has shown me, it is our ability to see Him and hear Him in that invisible, spiritual realm that can effectively deliver us out of the clutches of the enemy. You see, His ability to deliver us is not confined to a single event at our conversion, or His return at the End of Days. And it is most certainly not confined to this physical realm. As Christians, we believe that He is with us at all times. He said so ... "I will never leave you, nor forsake you". That means He won't ever abandon us, or leave us stranded or alone to deal with the enemy's attacks. That means He is available to us, in the here and now, to help us wage war in the invisible realm, and against the invisible spirits satan sends against us.
You see, I have experienced and seen the power of Jesus to Deliver and Heal when Christians are able to surrender to Him, and see Him and hear Him. I have witnessed Christians who recognize they are under spiritual attack, and who are able to suspend the doubt and unbelief fostered by the Church. They are willing to invite Jesus and the Holy Spirit to be present, and to allow their own spirit to interact with the Divine. They are able to "see" Jesus in the events of their lives that have generated fertile ground upon which the Enemy can wage war and enslave them. I have witnessed a person being able to "see" that Jesus was present during physical abuse, or an abandonment, or any act that wounded their spirit. And they have been able to "hear" Him say that He not only took the abuse with them, but washed them clean by the power of His blood, and hear Him say He loves them. It all happens in the spiritual realm, where our spirit communes with Jesus and the Holy Spirit -- our spirit can actually "picture" or "see" Jesus and hear Him as He heals us. It's no different than the experiences the writers in the Bible describe. Jesus is the same today as He was then, and He can be seen and heard the same today as He was then --- all it takes is for us to believe!
Now, I understand that many in the Church cannot accept that this concept is Scriptural. But He clearly says in Matthew 13:15: For the hearts of this people have grown dull. Their ears are hard of hearing, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, so that I should heal them. Doesn't that describe a "rebellious house"; a Church and Body of Christ who have dulled their hearts and minds and spirits to the possibility of a supernatural and invisible spiritual realm in which Jesus can commune with our spirits and heal us?
He asks us to "understand" and "turn" to Him so He can heal us. We Christians talk about "turning" to Him, but I think we have limited ourselves to reaching for Him in our minds and our hearts, and how we live our lives in the physical world. Why do we restrict ourselves from reaching for Him in the spiritual realm? Isn't that where He resides? Why are we limiting ourselves?
All I can tell you is that I have seen lives changed ... when a person who has been in bondage since childhood is able to experience the presence of Jesus and hear Him set her free from all the lies and deception the devil has heaped upon her; when the Holy Spirit serves as Guide and Comforter and shows that person how Jesus sees her -- washed white and in His embrace. There is a weight lifted off souls and spirits that can only come from interacting with our Deliverer; through seeing Him and hearing Him in our spirits. I truly believe that this is another dimension of what the Word is telling us; another example of the immensity and magnitude of Jesus's ability to deliver us and heal us. It is not to be dismissed lightly or carelessly, and He and His Power to deliver are not to be restricted by our limited understanding.
Ephesians 3:20-21 "Now to Him who is able to [carry out His purpose and] do superabundantly more than all that we dare ask or think [infinitely beyond our greatest prayers, hopes, or dreams], according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen."