The Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. He challenges us when we are sick to seek God for the keys to our healing.
My husband had battled symptoms of all sorts for years. After checking these sicknesses out and finding nothing, we believed he was being oppressed by a spirit of infirmity. II Cor. 10:3-5 says our battle is not against flesh and blood so we knew we had a spiritual battle on our hands. Alan experienced attacks of one ailment after another in its inflicting path of destruction. So far we had not been able to banish the attacks completely. I began to think about throwing “Jonah” overboard in order to have some peace. I picked up Stormie Omartian’s book on praying for your husband and she wrote in the preface just what I needed. She asked God why she should continue praying for her husband because she was weary and needing prayer herself? She felt the Holy Spirit say, “If you will cover him, I’ll cover you.” That sounded like a good deal to me also so I persevered in prayer.
On Alan’s 55th birthday I had a dream revealing some keys to his deliverance. In the dream a giant shadow was emerging from the wooded forest. It came out to the clearing and had never been seen before. A voice commanded Alan to finish him off with a long lance like in the days of knights. He was to ram him through with all finality. The wording made me think it was something familiar he made a lot of progress in slaying and could finish off the last thread of its hold.
In the background of this dream I heard a classic drum solo from an old band called Iron Butterfly, “In A Gadd Da DaVida”. (Alan used to be a drummer) I distinctly heard the words of the song change to “In our God we’ll defeat ya.” The lyrics of this song continued with words of affirming love and asking us to take his hand to walk and possess this land. (the promised land of healing I hoped!)
Has anyone struggled to know God’s faithfulness or love? These lyrics confirmed areas of question and doubt for Alan.
The third scene of the dream was an old Mitch Miller song of my parents’ era. “Keep Your Sunny Side Up.” The lyrics continued, “Hide the side that gets blue.” Alan had not hidden the side that got blue. He tried to be truthful about his frustration with his situation of constant attack and God is able to handle our venting. However, after he finishes expressing his complaints, I knew he needed to line up with the truth of scripture. The truth is that Christ’s atonement accomplished his salvation and healing 2000 years ago and by his stripes we are healed. (Is. 53:3-5) We are no longer to go by what we feel or hear. (Is. 11:3) He needed to ignore his symptoms and believe scripture over his feelings. If he confesses any sin and is prayed for in Jesus’ name, he is entitled to healing. (James 5:14-16) I am reminded how the first line of defense in Jehoshaphat’s battle were the praisers. They praised God before they saw the victory. I know it is important to give thanks, come into God’s presence, renew our minds in his words, and believe positively that God can defeat our enemies through us spiritually.
Interpretation of the dream:
Three keys to defeating this familiar enemy:
- Like a knight with a long sword for thrusting, ram him through. He must be struck forcefully with God’s word and stand in belief for our healing. God showed Alan this giant shadowing him is not an illness but an attack to intimidate him with symptoms and bring a cycle of fear so faith can’t rise up and vanquish him completely.
- By remaining in Christ we can defeat him. (John 15:7) “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire and it shall be done for you.” We cannot defeat the enemy in our own human effort but by His Spirit in us. We need to stand strong against the enemy’s attacks with a transformed, renewed mind and hold our healing. (Nahum 1:9)
- We must not let negative thoughts bring doubt about God’s love for us but realize we are being trained to possess a land of healing and help others do the same! We believe who we are in Christ, that we are more than conquerors and have an attitude of gratitude. After we have confessed any sin, prayed in the name of Jesus for our healing, we have been healed! (I Peter 2:24) We have all power and authority and entitlement to what was purchased for us! Remember, “He who is in you is greater than he that is in the world.” (I John 4:4)
I received Is. 42:6 for my husband when I woke from the dream. I want to claim this scripture from God’s word for you also. “I have called you for the victory of justice; I have grasped you by the hand, I formed you and set you as a covenant for the people.” Do you have a shadow that needs slaying? Will you take His hand? Will you become a promise and testimony for others to receive this wonderful gift of divine healing?