For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12- NIV)
The Lord has taught me over the years, and continues to teach me, to stop and think before I say something. I used to be someone that would speak whatever it was that came into my mind when responding to something that someone would say.
Growing up in an alcoholic home, I was conditioned by my environment to not share, or speak, or say what I was feeling. It was difficult for me to express what I really was feeling, and the moment that things got too much, and I felt like I needed to defend myself, I would explode verbally.
This would often manifest itself through small things, that wouldn’t normally be a big thing, but because I had not shared or spoken about what I was feeling, the molehill eventually became a mountain. The result of this was like a volcano erupting.
God has fortunately healed me from this, and has taught me to look deeper at things, and see where they are coming from.
There are many people who have been affected by various circumstances in their life, and they have not had healing yet. We need to know that we are not fighting against flesh and blood, but against the enemy, who is at work to bring division and destruction.
The book of Ephesians tells us to keep on praying in the Spirit with all kinds of prayer, so we have to be vigilant when praying, and not allow apathy to get a foothold.
If we ask God to remove any hindrance from our life that gets in the way, God will do just that. The healing that you receive, can be the healing that someone else needs. Be watchful, be prayerful, and be open to God speaking into your heart about the areas of healing that you yourself need.
The inner me must reflect the beauty of God, and that takes place when I am healing. God wants to restore you fully – mind, body and soul.
Pastor Branden Aggett-Cox
Associate Pastor, DGFC