I have a family member who is in a dark place. I have been praying for strength to reach out to this person and help to pull them out of the darkness. I know that God will give me the words. I find joy in the fact that when we have concerns and don't, in our human frailty, know how to deal with them, the Lord leads us in the right direction. I was reading a book that mentioned "mind binding spirits". I never heard this term before, in fact, I am finding that many terms that I am not familiar with are coming to my attention. They all have great meaning for me. I have been reading about strongholds that Satan builds in our minds. The Mind Binding Spirits go right along with the strongholds to hurt us and hold us back from so many things. I was drawn to research more about these spirits, or demons and I came across a prayer. As I read it, I realized that it could apply to my loved one. I took that prayer and adapted it to the situation that we are facing, the situation that my loved one faces on a daily basis.
It was with some fear and trepidation that I turned in this direction. Some of the information that came up in my searches sounded like witchcraft - so that scared me. I got the feeling that I wasn't supposed to do this, that I wasn't prepared, that I wasn't...I don't know...Holy enough? Then I found this verse: Mark 16:17 - "These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in My name, and they will speak in new languages"
I realized what was happening. Satan was trying to get us to back off...he doesn't want us to reach out and help this person. I know that I, that we do not have the power to cast out the demons of self-doubt and addiction, but that in Jesus' name it will be done. God led me to read the book that brought me to this knowledge - He led me to read more - He would not have led me here if I wasn't supposed to know this, or pray this prayer.
So, as my spiritual life takes a very different turn, I will go forward with the Lord's blessing and stand up to the demons who surround my loved one!
God Bless you all!