By Phil Scovell
Author's Note. Written by permission.
I prayed with Mari the other day. She started out by expressing
the depression she had recently been feeling. This was nothing new,
of course, because she had lived with depression for her entire life
and she is 53 years of age. This also was not the only diagnosed
disorder she had in her life either. We would run out of the alphabet
if I listed them all.
This particular day, however, she was explaining that the
depression felt different and it somehow seemed to be connected with
her eating habits and especially with her diabetes. Knowing nothing
about psychology and knowing nothing other than how to pray, I
suggested we just pray about it and see where the Holy Spirit led.
The minute we prayed, she saw herself as a little girl at the
table eating a meal with her family. She explained that her mother
had been bulimic but sometimes they ate lavishly and sometimes they
ate minimally based upon how her mother felt at the time.
Almost immediately, the Lord exposed the lie she believed and
that was, she had exchanged love for food. You see, she was a child
that was constantly molested from infancy, to her teen years, by both
her father and brother. She never knew what love really was. She
eventually equated food with love because, she explained, she enjoyed
the time eating with her family since that was when things were ok and
safe and peaceful.
You may be wondering if there is more to it, that is, the fact a
little girl somehow got the eating of food mixed up with love? The
answer is, yes, there was more and lots of it. She began having
seizures as a small little girl. Add to this all the physical and
mental and emotional abuse, and you have a fine recipe for not only
psychodynamic abnormalities but spiritual as well. What do I mean
when I say spiritual ramifications? There is a demonic realm, they
live in a different dimension than we, and they love to use
opportunities of disabilities, confusion, and emotional distortion to
implant lies and deception within the minds of little children. Yes,
they try doing it with adults, too, but the adult mind is much more
developed and can often think more rationally through the deception
without a lie being accepted as fact. Little Children do not have
this capability and thus are perfect targets for both abuse in the
physical realm and the demonics which interface to the spiritual realm
and into the emotional. Where might such mind activity occur? In our
thoughts, of course, which is the same place where the Holy Spirit
speaks to us.
Does this mean, since demons can speak to us in our thoughts that
we can be demon possessed? No, of course not. In a real sense, if
you are born again, you are possessed, or indwelled, by the Holy
Spirit. He lives, dwells, within your human spirit which has, at the
moment of salvation, been created anew. That makes it possible for
the Holy Spirit to literally, not mystically, dwell within you.
Therefore, demon possession is literally, and spiritually, absolutely
impossible. Our minds, however, are not redeemed, or to use a good
old theological term, regenerated, as of yet. That day is coming and
at that same time, even our physical bodies will be redeem, glorified,
and we will not only see Jesus as He really is right now, but we will
be exactly like Him, (See First John 3:2).
As I prayed with Mari concerning the shift in her depression she
felt, emotionally, the lie which was suddenly revealed by the Lord.
Because her little girl's mind became adapted to the lie that food was
good and nobody hurt her during meals, she believed the lie that "This
must be what love is all about." She embraced it. In turn, this
allowed a demonic presence a lying spirit, to function, within
limitations, in her thoughts for years. No, they don't care how old
you are or how young, you might be. In fact, the younger the better,
because, as I have stated, the mind of a child is easier to fool than
that of an adult.
In Mari's case, and this isn't by any means the rule of thumb, a
demon was involved. How do I know? He presented himself and spoke
through Mari's own voice to me. What did he say? He said I couldn't
make him leave. Of course, I wasn't interested in what he thought, I
was only interested in what Jesus thought. So I asked Jesus if it was
true that He, meaning Jesus, could not send this demon away. Yes, I
know the demon said that I couldn't send him away, but I always defer
all such statements to Jesus since Jesus is the one in charge in the
first place. Of course, Jesus said the demon was a liar so I sent him
away in the name of Jesus and, yes, he left immediately. Why?
Because he had to. There is no higher authority than Jesus. Demons
know this. Do you? This allowed Mari, who was remembering what it
was like to enjoy a meal with her family and how good the food tasted
and that this must be the meaning of love, to now hear the voice of
the Lord clearly and, yes, she did.
Now, I realize those of you who believe this sort of thing is
guided imagery, lucid dreaming, mental theatrical suggestiveness,
visualization, EMDR, hypnosis, or other mind manipulating techniques,
aren't going to accept how Jesus healed this woman from this lie that
had controlled her entire life so you might as well stop reading right
now. Those of you who, on the other hand, have even the tiniest of
belief that Jesus still works in the hearts and minds of His own
children today, will want to keep reading.
Mari often hears from the Lord in unusual ways and generally a
few minutes after the prayer time. As we were talking about the lie
and how she had been deceived by the Enemy, she suddenly interrupted
me and told me something was happening. First, a dolly, her words,
which was her favorite as a child, appeared in her hands. She then
reported that Jesus was there and she could see herself as an adult.
Suddenly, she was holding a baby in her arms. When she looked, it was
herself. Momentarily, the image of herself as a baby in her arms
switched and it was baby Jesus in her arms. This role reversal
continued for awhile as we talked and, in fact, has never actually
stopped, that is, every time her mind goes to this area of healing,
herself as a baby in her arms, and the baby Jesus, keep appearing and
changing places. I have had a similar experience and I have written
about it called "I Flew Kites With Jesus." My healing, in one
particular place, keeps repeating itself every time I have a memory
relating to that experience of healing which is often. What does all
this mean? My guess is about as good as yours. I personally see it
is a matter of identity. In my case, I know that is exactly what it
is. I believe the Lord was showing Mari the truth about love and how
it really is. Why the baby Jesus? This happened in December. The
Christmas holidays are times of depression and sadness for many
people. Isn't this just some figment of her imagination? Could be,
of course, but her depression is gone and hasn't returned so how do
you explain that? No, silly. Demons don't do such things even to
deceive. They can't because their thinking is corrupt and they do
evil; not good.
So who is Jesus to you? Do you know His love or have you been
tricked and misled and disoriented by the Enemy in believing that
Christmas is something different than it really is? Isn't it about
time you discovered why you feel lonely, discouraged, and frightened
at the very thought of the Christmas season? It is time for you to
change sides. Jesus is very near. Wouldn't you love to hold the baby
Jesus? I sure would.
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