We start a new series today!
I am still on the subject of soul-healing, but I intend to show you another aspect. I am convinced almost every problem we encounter traces back to our souls. Our souls are damaged by sin and trauma and, in fact, they are frequently damaged not just by our own sins, as if that weren’t enough. We inherit soul wounds from our ancestors as well. In Psalm 51:5, David wrote, “Behold I was born in iniquity and in sin my mother conceived me.”
Well, isn’t that peachy? (But, you must admit, it gives you reason to live justly, for the sake of your children and grandchildren and all future generations.)
It gets “better”. Those wounds, regardless of how you got them, allow demonic access to your life. If you have a wound inside your soul, one that is in common with an evil spirit, you are providing that spirit with a “landing strip”. That’s the bad news. The good news is, once your soul is healed, you will instantly have dominion over that assignment.
For the sake of brevity, I will assume you already know you battle with the kingdom of darkness. It can be a tremendously frustrating challenge. You can use everything you’ve learned, including binding, rebuking, fasting, praying, pleading the blood, giving extra offerings and more. You might call Sister Jones, one of the “holy mothers” of the church. Sister Jones prays night and day, non-stop. She has a red phone in her house that is directly connected to heaven. She has her own chair for church service, about three rows from the altar and everybody knows, “That’s Sister Jones’ chair.”
So, you call Sister Jones and ask her to make a call on the red phone for you. But, in the end, even that does not work. You are still fighting. You are tired, disheartened and worn out. You have rebuked until your “rebuker” is broken. Like Elijah, you want to sit under a tree and die.
Doesn’t the Bible say, “At the name of Jesus every knee will bow?” So why doesn’t it work that way? What is blocking our victory? We pray “in the name of Jesus” but that spirit does not leave. How can that be? Here’s what we know. There is no weakness in Christ, ever. So the problem has to be in us.
It can’t be in our spirit because our spirit is Christ in us, the hope of glory, right? So where’s the problem? It’s probably in our soul.
The Bible demonstrates that the enemy gains a legal right to attack us through wounds in our souls.
In Psalm 143 we are given a picture. “For the enemy has pursued and persecuted my soul. He has crushed my life down to the ground; he has made me to dwell in dark places as those who have long been dead.” Demonic powers search for an entry. They look for access into your life. Since they cannot get it through your born-again spirit man, they hunt for wounds. When the soul is wounded, the wounds provide a landing strip for the enemy.
If you are battling a spirit now, it’s because a wound in your soul opened the door for it. Your spirit man battles, but the evil spirits attack in every way. They can attack your physical body.
A few weeks ago, I gave the Biblical example of the woman recorded in Luke 13. It says she was bowed over with a spirit of infirmity that had afflicted her for 18 years. She could not raise herself up. Jesus saw her and, moved by compassion, called to her and said, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.”
Luke said Jesus laid his hands on the woman and immediately she was made straight and glorified God. How did the spirit manage to afflict her so horribly? We can believe it was not from her spirit because the Bible indicates she was righteous. Jesus called her “a daughter of Abraham,” meaning she was a blessed woman, a righteous woman of God.
So what was it? Could it be a problem in her soul?
“Infirmity,” as defined in the Strong’s Concordance means “weakness and infirmity of the body and of the soul.” So, therefore infirmity can be in your body and in your soul. She had a wound in her soul that allowed a spirit to come upon her and afflict her physical body.
It is very likely you are battling a spirit and you can’t get free because you have a wound inside you. There’s injury to your inner man, a place in your soul that has given the enemy the right to make war with you. You cannot win the war until the wound is healed. Once the wound is healed, the spirit’s legal right is gone and it must be gone as well.
Jesus said, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.” In that instant He healed her soul and her body. “Infirmity” means weakness of the body and of the soul. He spoke to her soul.
“Instantly,” Luke records, “she was able to stand up straight.” Because once the infirmity was gone, the spirit had to go too. Big love, K.S.