Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.
When I was working through the bondage caused by the ghosts of the past, counseling was essential; however, it was also immensely helpful to have several resources at hand to help me work through the emotional damage, recognize spiritual strongholds, and surrender those strongholds to Christ. Each of these resources was valuable to me for different reasons, but each one spoke life back into my heart and gave me the strength I needed to continue to fight against the lies of the enemy.
The first, and probably the most important, source I used was Neil T. Anderson’s book Victory Over the Darkness (ISBN #9780830725649). Anderson begins by spelling out what our image is in Christ and why this is crucial to internalize if we are to stand victorious over the enemy’s lies. He also has a list of Scripture verses that are indispensable for not only reminding the reader who we are in Christ, but I found them incredibly effective in fighting the irrational thoughts that accompany PSTD; these verses helped to ground me in reality and remind me of what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, and praiseworthy (NIV Ph 4.8).
The second resource I used was Neil T. Anderson’s book The Bondage Breaker (ISBN #0890817871). This book is a bit more intense than Victory Over the Darkness as it addresses the question of Satanic oppression. This was a much needed resource for me in overcoming many of the violent thoughts that accompany PTSD. It helped me to realize that Satan was out to kill, steal and destroy; a goal that included my physical as well as spiritual and emotional well being (NIV Jn 10.10)
It helped me to realize that Satan was out to kill, steal and destroy; a goal that included my physical as well as spiritual and emotional well being (NIV Jn 10.10).
The best part of this book, for me, was the prayers that Anderson included to help battle certain manifestations. There were times when prayer was virtually impossible for me and it helped to have a recipe prayer all ready to go during those times of complete spiritual shutdown. My book is all marked up and flagged so I can easily find the prayers, many of which I still find myself going to when the past tries to intrude into my peaceful present.
The book that probably meant the most to me was Beth Moore’s book When Godly People Do Ungodly Things: Arming Yourself in the Age of Seduction (ISBN #9780805424652). This book was given to me by a dear friend in the hopes that it would help me to sort out the bondage I had found myself in due to the years of isolation with my demons. I will warn readers now, this is not your typical Beth Moore bible study. She hits on demonic oppression and the web of sin it creates in the life of a believer. She is no nonsense and her goal is deliver sincerely devoted followers of Christ from the bondage into which they had accidentally stumbled.
She is no nonsense and her goal is deliver sincerely devoted followers of Christ from the bondage in which they had accidentally stumbled.
My copy is dog-earred, highlighted, annotated, and contains the reflections of my heart while on this incredibly painful journey of healing and hope. It stands now as a testimony not only to the love my friend had for me, but of my incredible journey of healing. This book will forever be my treasure.
It is my prayer that this series will speak to the hearts of my readers and help those suffering in bondage to the past to finally find freedom and release. The road is long, the journey is exhausting, but the peace that comes with placing all things under Christ and finally sharing in His rest is worth every moment.
Praying for you!