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tickmenotKansas CityGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Want to Feel Better?November 28, 2014tickmenotKansas CityGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a book about healing, and achieving that healing by including faith.
The authors, Chester and Betsy Kylstra, are married Christians, and they believe faith plays an integral role in the healing process. The two believe the spiritual level must be involved for complete healing to take place. They suggest the following are the four keys that must be addressed, and integrated with each other:
Release From ancestral sins and curses.
Replacement of destructive beliefs with Godly ones.
Healing from emotional and spiritual pain.
Deliverance from demonic oppression.
In this book, the authors explain how to put each of these points into practice. There are many thought provoking, true stories given to illustrate using those keys, along with the favorable outcome and healing many have had. Of special note, is the interesting on-going story of Sandy that is woven throughout the book.
The authors write in a very straight forward way, and seem very sincere about their method working. The subject matter of healing, whether it be physical, mental or emotional, is going to be of interest to us all. However, their approach to that healing may be different than most have followed. It certainly gave me lots to mull over. I found their 5-star book fascinating, and recommend it to anyone who has an interest in incorporating faith as a vital part of the healing process.
Chester and Betsy Kylstra gave up successful careers to devote themselves to helping hurting people achieve healing and receive God's love. Restoring the Foundations, an organization they founded, is dedicated to giving people all that and more. As their website says: "...a person can live forty days without food, four days without water, four minutes without air, but only four seconds without hope."
The publisher has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book through Chosen Books and Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of review. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. Despite my receiving the book free, it has not influenced my judgment.
PossessHisPromisesCaliforniaAge: 55-65Gender: female2 Stars Out Of 5Instead of dwelling on your negative, dwell on God's positiveAugust 14, 2014PossessHisPromisesCaliforniaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 2Value: 2Meets Expectations: 2"Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, and rulers of the darkness of the world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Ephesians 6:11-12
Satan doesn't want Christians to make an impact on the world, and he wants to oppress us any way he can. Chester and Betsy Kylstra have developed an integrated approach to consider when demonic oppression is suspected.
They begin with generational sins and curses, the sins of the fathers mentioned in Exodus 20:1-6. Since Jesus died for my sins, I had not thought that the generational sins and curses applied to present-day Christians. However, the authors define "curses" as patterns of sins in families. They claim that the ancestors' sins are like an "outstanding debt" impacting the man's descendants (and most likely also others) until it is addressed through confession and cleared out." The "confessor" is effectively standing in the gap," identifying with the family and confessing on its behalf."
Christians are then to "appropriate" what the work of Jesus on the cross accomplished.
The Kylstras are quick to point out that Christians aren't forced to sin because of the sins of the fathers and that we choose to sin. However, there is a tendency to certain sins. Parents teach their children through their good and bad choices. I can see a trend in my family as well as in the Biblical stories.
"Families are belief-shapers without even realizing this truth!"
Once the sins of the fathers and our present-day sins are dealt with, the Kylstras recommend that ungodly beliefs be addressed. These beliefs can range from lies about the nature of God to negative self-talk. For example, "I will always be lonely." The authors point out that Jesus is always with believers.
Internal soul/spiritual hurts need to be mended through going "inside the memory" and "waiting upon The Lord" to bring healing and to hear from the Holy Spirit.
A hefty 67 pages were spent on demonic oppression. Demons of "shock," "trauma," "depression," "accident" and even one demon named "Workout," as in "pumping iron," were mentioned. While I believe that we are oppressed by messengers of Satan as Paul was buffeted, I don't believe that there is a demon of "accident" or "workout."
The authors wrote of numerous demons coming out of the believers who they ministered to. They were quick to point out that Christians cannot be possessed by demons, but that they can be oppressed by demons.
As with any book on Christianity, we are to search the Scriptures and weigh what we are reading by the whole counsel of God. Many Scriptures were listed, and there was much to think about in this book. Also, there were Scriptures taken out of context or referenced but not written within the text.
We do have ungodly beliefs that we need to correct. We do learn from our parents. We do have emotional hurts that only God can heal. We are oppressed by Satan's messengers during periods in our lives.
When Peter stepped out onto the water, his eyes were on Jesus. When Peter's eyes looked at the storm, he sank.
When I looked at the pain of my fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome, I defined myself by that pain and distress. When I looked at the promises of God and told Him that I wanted more of Him, whether or not He healed me, He gave me more of Him AND healing, almost four years ago.
Instead of dwelling on the negative, ourselves and our terrible plight, we need to dwell on the power of God, the beauty of God,
the promises of God and possess His great and precious promises for us.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Chosen Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, in exchange for my honest review.
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