This week I received an e-mail from Pastor Bill Hart (author of Show Me Your Glory). Something he said struck me deeply: "We can no longer co-exist with the Prince of Darkness and his demons; we will no longer listen to his persistent lies and deception." 

This is so obviously true, yet too often we find ourselves tolerating things we shouldn't - leaving the status-quo unchallenged so that we eventually come to feel that this is acceptable and that progress is not possible. How often do we shy away from confronting that voice in our heads that reminds us "This is the way it has always been done, why change it now?...," "You can't do any better. You're only a sinner," "There's no hope for you," "God does not care about you," or, perhaps "You did something to deserve this suffering. God is behind this." Every time we choose to believe that the enemy is more active & intent on our lives than God is, we choose to dwell with darkness in our lives.

This week, we've included articles from both Thom Gardner and Ana Mendez Ferrell. Both authors have a high level of experience and anointing in dealing with inner healing; whether from a counseling or a spiritual warfare perspective.

As an added resource, Destiny Image has included the first chapters from each of their newest books as a free download.

Healing the Wounded Heart by Thom Gardner
Regions of Captivity by Ana Mendez Ferrell

Sincerely in Christ,

Sarah Baker



Darkness at the Gates - by Thom Gardner

Proverbs 23:7 “As a man thinks within himself so he is.”

The ancient word translated “think” in this text comes from the word for “gate” as in the gates of a city.  We might say the gate is the mind of the city—where the city thinks and judges. 

Imagine with me for a minute that you are standing at the gate of an ancient city.  There is the bleating of sheep and voices of many merchants traveling through and raising the dust of this main artery of commerce into the city.  And through the dust and the din we see the elders of the city sitting at the gate debating the issues of the day from the price of grain to marriage contracts.   Whoever and whatever stands at the gate controls the city. 

Our minds are the gates to our hearts.  At these gates many voices arise out of the dust of our personal history and programming.  The insecure grade school teacher who spoke an unkind word over you;  the bully who called you out in front of the whole class; the parent whose absence from the table spoke loud words of indifference all stand at the gate reminding you of who they say you are.  You believe them!  And though we are positionally safe in the arms of Christ, darkness overshadows our gates and the dust of daily commerce kicks up memories both good and uncomfortable.  These echoes from the past seem true to us but present us a false reality.  We see dimly—enigmatically through this dusty light, but it is the only light we have.  Jesus gave another analogy for the mind which is the eye gate.   

“The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.  "But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!  Matt 6:22-24

Possessing the gates of the enemy is a part of the promise to the spiritual seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.  (Genesis 22:17)   Yet, the mind of Hell broods over our inner gateways to distract us from the face of the One who created and who calls us to Himself. 

Beloved, Jesus summons His Church to an overcoming and prevailing life of healed reality and vision.  He speaks into the darkness as at creation saying “Let there be Light!”  In the light of His presence the gates of Hell—the mind of Hell cannot prevail! (Matthew 16:18 KJV)  I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Jesus healed blind folks at the gates giving them the ability to regain real sight.  (Mark 10:47-52) 

Now picture Jesus bringing the light of His glory to the gates of the city and silencing each untrue voice.  Imagine Him healing those who have offended you out of their own darkened gates.  Come Lord Jesus, come!  Dispel the darkness at our gates. 

Thom Gardner is the president and pastor of Grace and Truth Fellowship, Inc., a ministry and local assembly dedicated to equipping and healing the Body of Christ, preparing them to minister the presence of Christ to the wounded who surround us. Thom is a graduate of Cornerstone Seminary in Harrisonburg, Virginia and travels internationally to heal and teach the Body of Christ in the mercy of God. He is the author of Healing the Wounded Heart. For more information or to order this book, visit www.graceandtruthfellowship.com or www.destinyimage.com.


 

Breaking Loose from the Ties of Darkness - by Ana Mendez Ferrell

Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron…Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder” Psalms 107:10-14.

In the last decade I have seen The Church grow to a new level of maturity as it has received the prophetic and apostolic anointing. The Lord is now bringing new light and fresh revelation to take us to freedom and victory in every area of our lives. Until recent years, it was almost impossible to speak of demonic oppression in believers or suggest that a faithful Christian could have iniquity in him and be held prisoner in areas of his or her life.

 

In our ministry we rejoice every day as people are being set free from horrible places of captivity such as drugs, depression, anger, sickness, deep sadness and jealousy. Nevertheless, many precious brothers and sisters suffer in silence, dwelling in darkness rather than risking rejection to get the deliverance and healing they need.

The truth is that Jesus came not only to deliver us from sin, but from the powers of darkness (iniquity) and to set us free from our bondage. This freedom doesn’t happen automatically when we recite the sinner’s prayer, but we must truly nail our sins and iniquities to the cross to be delivered from the prisons of our souls and bodies.

In Hosea 4, the Lord said: “My people perish for lack of understanding…”

The lack of understanding in this area has produced the bitter fruit of a powerless and defeated Christianity that is not producing the impact this generation demands. The sufferings of Christ have purchased our freedom and healing. When we choose to dwell with darkness, we allow a measure of our lives to remain in shadow. However, Jesus calls us to live in the light, which is greater freedom, knowledge, and intimacy with the Lord.

King David wrote, “Bring my soul out of prison so I may praise thy name” Psalm 142:7a. The words of the prophet Jeremiah also say “I am with you,' declares the LORD, 'to save you’” (ch. 30:11).

Rejoice! God is raising and gifting His prophets and His people with deep spiritual knowledge to take us to victory in every part of our lives. As we put our faith in God, we can be confident that nothing can keep us from His touch and His love!

When we partner with The Father in breaking the ties of the oppressed, our light will shine like the sun in the midday (Isaiah 58).

 This is an era of new revelation that will usher the Church into a true manifestation of His glory. Open your spirit to the Lord and decide once and for all to get rid of every hindrance that is stopping you from conquering our promised land: the fullness of your soul.

Ana Mendez Ferrell is an ordained prophet and apostle to the nations. She and her husband, Emerson Ferrell, operate Voice of the Light Ministries, training God’s end-time army in over 40 nations of the world. Ana is the author of several books, including High Level Warfare; Eat My Flesh, Drink My Blood; Seated in Heavenly Places; and her most recent, Regions of Captivity.  For more information or to purchase her books please visit www.voiceofthelight.com or www.destinyimage.com.