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How to Overcome the Spirits of Infirmity and Trauma
Having the ability to discern in the realm of the spirit is crucial for true, anointed Spirit-led ministry. When we accurately discern we are able to flow in a higher dimension of supernatural power and authority, transforming people's lives all around us.
Overcoming Spirits of Infirmity
Let's look at detecting the influence of the demonic in cases of physical illness. We see very clearly in Scripture that there are times sickness is caused by natural infirmity and at other times it is caused by demonic oppression. Discerning of spirits will reveal when the root of an infirmity is spiritual. Such was the case in Luke 13:10-13:
On a Sabbath Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues, and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, He called her forward and said to her, "Woman, you are set free from your infirmity." Then He put His hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God.
We see two things operating in this Scripture. First, the woman was bound by a spirit, a demon of infirmity, who afflicted her physical body for eighteen years causing her to be bent over. Jesus was able to discern the presence of spiritual affliction through the power of the Holy Spirit and took authority over it. In this particular case, He didn't even directly confront the demon. He just said, "You are set free from your infirmity." The moment He said that the demon had to leave.
Then, the Bible says, after she was released from the spirit of infirmity, Jesus laid His hands on her and healed her deformed body. We can see that she was still in need of physical healing even after the spirit left her because she was still bent over. The effects of the demonic oppression over her back and muscles needed to be healed. After casting off the spirit of infirmity He ministered healing to her body by the laying on of hands.
First Jesus ministered deliverance through the discerning of spirits and then He ministered divine healing. We see both deliverance and healing operating together here. To have an effective healing ministry you must also operate in a deliverance ministry. Jesus did both, and at times we will need to as well.
We also see this principle of deliverance and healing operating together with the boy who suffered from convulsions. In Luke 9:42 Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the child and then restored him to his father:
Even while the boy was coming, the demon threw him to the ground in a convulsion. But Jesus rebuked the impure spirit, healed the boy and gave him back to his father.
Jesus did three things in His earthly ministry. He preached repentance, healed the sick and cast out demons (Mark 6:12-13). We can also operate in the fullness of His ministry today.
Dealing with the Spirit of Trauma
I remember a few years ago when I gave an altar call for those who needed healing in their bodies. I was praying at the altar in a Spirit-filled Methodist church in Georgia and there was a ninety-three-year-old man that came forward for prayer with his ninety-one-year-old wife. This is an example of where the gift of discernment is crucial in ministering healing to an individual. He couldn't stand up too well so he sat in a chair up at the altar. His wife was sitting next to him and a person was in front of him praying for healing. I looked over and suddenly my spiritual vision opened and I could see what looked like a small black ball on the back of his neck and head. It was a demon.
I walked over to him and put my hand on the back of his neck. Instead of screaming, "Come out!" I calmly, but with authority said, "In the name of Jesus, let him go." As God gave me authority over it, I commanded it to loose and instantly this man looked up at me with wide eyes. He didn't know what was happening. With tears streaming down his face he said, "What's happening to me? The pain is all gone!"
I then asked him, "What happened to you?" He said, "A year ago I fell over a suitcase in my house and hit my head on the ground. I've had nonstop pain in my head and I haven't been able to sleep for a whole year."
This situation calls for understanding on how the enemy operates through spirits of trauma, not only in the emotional realm but in the physical realm as well. When there is a traumatic experience the enemy can try to take advantage of it. Sometimes when someone experiences a trauma, such as a car accident or injury, a spirit of infirmity can attach itself to the point of trauma, extending the period of pain much longer than it should be. This demonic attachment can hinder the natural healing process and prolong sickness in a person's life.
This applies to both physical and emotional trauma. I have seen people suffering from the grief over a lost loved one years after the loss occurred. There is a natural grieving process, but eventually healing occurs. When a spirit of grief or trauma attaches to the emotional wound the pain is prolonged for a much longer period of time. When you discern the spirit of trauma you then have authority to cast it away, bringing freedom and healing to the person who was afflicted.
How the Spirit of Infirmity Attaches Itself
This is what happened to this older gentleman. He got into an accident and a spirit of infirmity took advantage and attached to his natural injury. This does not always happen, but in this case it did. He didn't just need a healing prayer. When people were praying for his healing, he wasn't being healed. But when I received a spiritual discernment of his affliction, God's power set him free and then healed him. What he needed first was a deliverance prayer through which the demonic oppression was taken authority over and cast off. The moment it was taken off, he was healed.
Then I looked and saw hearing aids in his ears. I said, "Take out those hearing aids." I laid my hands on his ears and took authority over the deafness. Some deafness is a natural loss of hearing and needs healing while other deafness is caused by a spirit of deafness. In this case it happened to be a spirit of deafness. I took authority over the spirit and commanded it to leave.
His eyes got really wide again as he looked at me and said, "I feel something being pulled out of my ears!" And pop! Both of his ears instantly opened. The spirit of deafness was pulled right out of his ears. At ninety-three-years-old both ears popped open. Some people say, "Oh, you're just getting old. You lose your hearing and sight. It just happens." No. You can be healthy and strong until the day God takes you home to be with Jesus.
This ninety-three-year-old man received healing in his head and both of his deaf ears popped open. Then I turned to his wife and I noticed she had a hearing aid. I said, "Take that hearing aid out." Her ear popped open and she leaned over to her husband and said, "Well honey, I guess we're not going to have to scream at each other anymore. We can actually hear each other now." They had to scream at each other their entire married life. But they were newlyweds married only one year! It's never too late for anyone.
Matt Sorger Ministries
About Matt Sorger: Matt Sorger, host of the TV program Power for Life, which airs each week on God TV, carries a strong healing and miracle anointing with many instantly healed in his meetings. Matt's ministry is also used to ignite a fresh passion in the hearts of Believers to go deeper in their relationship with God. He places great emphasis on the practical preaching and teaching of God's Word, bringing a great balance between authentic, supernatural encounter and solid Biblical truth.