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27 The Art Of Healing An Addict By Phil Scovell My 26 year old daughter, Gretchen, made an appointment to pray with me. The first time is often difficult because few Christians in the Body of Christ have ever truly heard the voice of the Lord. Oh, they hear voices all right, but they are often condescending, accusatory, demeaning, belittling, and couched in inflammatory terminology which creates doubt, fear, guilt, shame, or circular reasoning. After a few minutes, we isolated an emotion which allowed us to focus our prayers upon an area the Lord wanted to heal. It was emotional shame. As we prayed together about this shame, two memories suddenly surfaced without warning. One was when she was a student in a Christian school, in kindergarten, and wearing a pink dress. The second memory was when she was 15 and had run away from home. She was working at a Burger King, where we eventually found her three months later, and she was pregnant with her first child. That's our oldest grandchild. He's almost 10 years old at this writing. I started with the kindergarten memory. The shame was there as a result of a simple art project the class was working on. Gretchen said she apparently was doing something wrong because a little boy next to her tried innocently to show her what she was doing wrong. Suddenly, and without warning, she felt exposed, embarrassed, and ashamed. I focused our prayer on the shame and these other feelings. She said, "I'm not as good as the rest of the class." I recognized this as a lie from the Enemy, of course, right away, but she did not; to her it felt genuine. As the Lord began to speak to her about different areas, she said, "I feel like I am making all of this up." This, too, is common because, even as Born Again Believers, we really aren't used to hearing the voice of the Lord speaking truth to us as much as we are the Enemy's. As 45 minutes passed, the Lord began to speak His truth which in turn brought healing into the memory. Yes, there was a lying spirit who had implanted the lies about herself into her little 5 year old mind. No, he didn't speak; he didn't need to. The lies she believed were evident. Do you think the Enemy plays fair? Of course not. He often preys on children who are unable to detect they are under demonic influence. The Lord did, on the other hand, show Gretchen where he was, that is, the lying spirit in the memory, before he was sent away, so she would understand she had not made these feelings up on her own but was, in fact, demonically lied to by him. When the first memory was healed, we went to the second one. It was already automatically healed and the shame in that second memory was no longer there. This, too, is quite common when a lie is thematic, or repetitive, in nature. Sometimes a thematic lie is embedded hundreds of times over a person's life time. Gretchen felt, at first, that she could not be healed. Why? Because she had too many things in her life for the Holy Spirit to address. You can see the lie in that reasoning. Regardless, if she continues meeting with the Lord in prayer, He will continue his healing process in her life. Finally, after everything seemed renewed in her memory, she said the Lord walked up to a chair and sat down next to her. He had an art project, too, which she saw Him working on. He looked over and said to her, "I am going to fix your art project so it is right. If I can fix your art project for you, I can fix the rest of your life as well." Now, what about you? Will you allow the Lord to sit next to you and fix your life just as He is my daughter's? Gretchen was a drug addict, an alcoholic, had an abortion due to her immoral life style, and lost her marriage as a result. Isn't it obvious, if the Lord can heal her, He can do the same for you? Why don't you call and find out.