Breaking Through Barriers to Blessing: Overcoming Sins, Wounds and Demons
Has there been some unidentified hindrance in your Christian life? Do you often ask the question `Why Me?' when things go wrong on a personal level, or `Why not me?' when you feel God's blessings are eluding you? If we...
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Has there been some unidentified hindrance in your Christian life? Do you often ask the question `Why Me?' when things go wrong on a personal level, or `Why not me?' when you feel God's blessings are eluding you? If we are honest, we often feel let down, or even somewhat of a fraud, because of the absence of blessing and victory in our lives. There appear to be some barriers to blessing, obstacles in the way which prevent us maturing as Christians. Christian conversion is not the end of our spiritual search and transformation, but rather the beginning; following which, Jesus Christ begins the process of changing us. We embark on a journey, one which will never end until we are like Him. For our transformation to begin, we need to diagnose the obstacles to blessing in our lives, so that we may receive the appropriate remedy.;Sins, wounds, and demons are the three general areas where most, if not all, problems occur. Obviously, the solutions to each of these problems are different. Sins should be repented of, wounds need to be healed, and demons must be expelled.;In 'Breaking Through Barriers to Blessing', David Legge seeks to help you identify and overcome the hindrances to your progress as a Christian, releasing you to a life of blessing and fulfilment.
‘Why me?’ must be somewhere near to number one in the top ten of the most commonly asked questions in life. Another question, ‘Why not me?’ is often asked by Christians who feel that God’s blessings are eluding them. Their lives do not correspond to either famous biblical characters or their historic spiritual heroes. They even look at some of their contemporaries with envy, because their own spiritual life seems to fall far short in comparison. There appear to be some barriers to blessing; obstacles to maturing as a Christian. It is as if there is a blockage in the way, obstructing what they know to be God’s declared will for their lives. Something like an invisible and malevolent force field is somehow wedged between them and God, preventing intimacy with Him. Does this describe your experience? Many Christians, if they are honest, feel let down or secretly even somewhat of a fraud because of the absence of blessing and victory in their lives. This complex is further compounded by the claims that are often made through some Christian teaching. Many are led to believe that when they embrace the gospel, they will be so radically changed that most, if not all, of their spiritual problems will be solved. We do not for a moment lessen the power of the cross and the resurrection of Christ, but why is the experience of so many Christians much less than what they are often led to expect? Part of the answer to that question is surely that Christian conversion is not the end of our spiritual search and transformation, but rather the beginning. The new birth is a threshold experience that opens for us the door of salvation, but then leads us into a kind of hospital of healing in which the Great Physician, Jesus Christ, begins the process of changing us from ‘glory to glory’ (2 Corinthians 3:18) into His own image. So, when you become a Christian, you do not ‘arrive’, but rather you embark on a journey that will never end until you are like the Son of God Himself. Has there been some undefined hindrance in your Christian life? You can’t quite put your finger on it, but you know that there is something significant obstructing your progress into spiritual maturity. If that is so, this book is for you! The truth contained in these pages has already been a lifeline to many, and can set you free and pave the way to the relationship with God that you have always longed for – the one He has always intended for you. The most common areas of hindrance – sins, wounds and demons It is vital that the obstacles to blessings in our lives are diagnosed correctly, so that we may receive the appropriate treatment. Often the wrong condition is being addressed, or the wrong remedy is applied. This would be a good moment, before we go any further, to turn your heart towards God and ask Him to reveal to you where your real problems may lie. Why not take a moment right now, and pray something like this: Father, in the Name of Your Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, I ask You, through the power of Your Holy Spirit, to reveal to me the barriers to blessing in my life. Thank You Father, Amen. Sins, wounds and demons are the three general areas where most, if not all, problems occur. Sins are our acts of disobedience to God’s will as revealed in His Word. Whenever we disobey God through what we do, or what we leave undone, we become more vulnerable to the enemy’s attacks. Wounds are the hurts, both internal and external, that we experience – whether self-inflicted, received at the hands of others, or obtained through a wide variety of adverse circumstances. Demons are actual spiritual personalities who seek, under the lordship of Satan himself, to destroy human lives. As we shall see in more detail, demons utilise our sins, the sins of others against us, and our wounds to acquire leverage in order to negatively influence our lives. Demons seek to create within us a powerbase which will drive us on in all kinds of sinful and destructive behaviours. Of course, the solutions for each of these problem areas are different. It is crucial that the correct treatment is applied to each condition. Sins cannot be healed or expelled. Wounds cannot be repented of or expelled. Demons cannot be repented of or healed. Sins should be repented of, wounds need to be healed, and demons must be expelled. Why is it so important to emphasise these distinctions? Sometimes, whenever there is strong preaching against sin (which is not necessarily wrong, of course), repentance can be emphasised to the exception of addressing personal wounds and the demonic realm. This can be why, at times, people attempt to repent, but find it almost impossible to break the cycle of sin. By no means do we wish to underestimate our own propensity to wickedness; Scripture is explicit on this. However, there are obvious cases where people desire to turn from sin, but are continually pulled back into the sequence of failure. It is well known that ‘pain seeks out pleasure’. Therefore, it can be the case that our sins may have become a kind of coping mechanism for our pain. Often in such circumstances, the demonic also gets on board, bringing an empowering force to the sinful behaviour. This is why to repent is not always enough. Perhaps this might explain why you may be struggling so much with habitual sin? It may be that your sin is medicating your pain. Have you also considered how the enemy has capitalised on your hurts and disobedience, and may be driving you on in this downward spiral? This is where healing and deliverance may need to be applied. That being said, sin must be repented of. We must own up to our personal wrongdoing and take responsibility for our actions. There may have been deep wounding in our experience, which can significantly contribute to our problems, but we cannot blame everything on hurts. Neither can we point to Satan and say, ‘The devil made me do it!’ Yes, as we shall see, the enemy is a formidable force indeed, but we must be real about how we have co-operated with him and submitted to his advances. Demonic influences may be cast out of people’s lives, but if a person’s behaviour doesn’t change and wounds aren’t healed, the enemy will almost certainly return. It is not enough to preach repentance without healing and deliverance, yet healing and deliverance must not be taught without the necessity of repentance and discipleship. There must be biblical balance. In these pages, we will explore together how we can break through barriers to the blessing of God! We will examine in more detail sins, wounds and demons with a view to identifying and overcoming these hindrances to your progress as a Christian. Before we proceed, may I give a word of warning? It is important that you don’t become introspective and begin to apply everything in this book to yourself. Some people can be very impressionable, and the enemy can use this to overwhelm them with problems they don’t actually have. Remember, Satan is the accuser of the brothers (Revelation 12:10) – he will accuse us of issues we have and even ones we don’t have; whichever works best for his soul-destroying purposes! So don’t allow the enemy to torment you about phantom problems. Having said that, if God’s Holy Spirit witnesses with you that there could be a problem in the areas of sins, wounds or demons, you must deal with this before the Lord in order to know the liberty and life that is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.