I’ve been contemplating identities. How false identities can carry demonic wounds that are deep and sometimes lead to severe mental issues. How what we believe about the nature and character of Jesus, the Father and the Holy Spirit can create landing places for the enemy, especially if we had parents that justified harsh or abusive behaviour with their pet scriptures or who ridiculed us using labels like “ monster” etc.. The more I’ve been learning how to access the brokenness of people in Deliverance and Inner Healing,, the more these identity issues about ourselves and God becomes apparent.. The demons nest in identity lies.. and keep people stuck.” This is just the way I am…” they say.
But Jesus , the real Jesus, who lives again, the author and perfecter of our faith is so gentle…. He doesn’t scold when people expect Him to but He is Holy. He doesn’t tolerate sin… He takes it away…. “ Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world”
The more I encounter religious demons. The more I am grateful for the work of the cross. You see religious spirit ( that often try to sound like God in your head) will sing songs and quote scripture all in an effort to put people into an endless merry go round of never being good enough. When this is backed up by an upbringing where you were only praised for what you did, and more often scolded for what you hadn’t done right….. your spirit has a landing place for demonic wounds…
But Jesus, Rich in Mercy has shown us the way out. He is so gracious…. He doesn’t give us a to do list…. Cover your head when you pray, wash your hands, brush your teeth, never miss devotions, don’t dye your hair, wear a skirt, don’t watch this or that….or else Hell is always waiting… NO!. Jesus says come to me all who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you REST…. Take my yoke upon you…..
You will find rest for your souls…. Some of you haven’t been able to rest for a very long time. The noise in your head... the woulda shoulda coulda voices are incessant slave drivers… but they can be silenced as you meditate on the Truth.. Jesus Paid it all!! He’s knocking at the door of your heart because He wants to come near, and dine with You. He actually likes to be around you but He wants to be invited… to spend time with you to eat and drink the things He’s prepared. Sit and REST. Rest from always trying to impress the crowd. Rest from always trying to be worthy enough for the love of the Father… Jesus already did that for you. Rest from the noise and listen to the quiet heartbeat of God that says, its already paid.. the price has been paid in full, you are invited to come close… I am trustworthy. Righteousness is a gift we are given.. not something we earn through striving.. Intimacy with God is a gift, not a lofty ambition we work for through piety…
We can do good works for God from a place of love and rest… But not to earn it… It’s like trying to pay a grocery bill for your groceries that the man in front of you already paid. It’s complete… it won’t be revoked…. But you have a choice to receive or to continue in unbelief..
We often think unbelief is just in the miracle/ faith healing realm… but can I tell you its also in the realm of knowing that His blood bought you and made you worthy and changed your identity.. so you don’t live with a negative identity.. you manifest the nature of the son of God… People can know this at head level, but when it begins to saturate the wounds that have trapped your soul, and you grab this truth in faith, you will be set free. So much stress, anxiety and unworthiness falls off. Depression often leaves when we acknowledge that what He says about us is true… And He is better than we’ve ever known, because lets be honest, even the most amazing father can’t measure up to the loving goodness of God.