Perry Stone

B. Childress
Jun 04 2012

When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest: and finding none, he says, “I will
return to my house from which I came.”  And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order.  Then he goes and
takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that
man is worse than the first.  (Luke 11:24-26, NKJV)

WHILE THE PROMISES OF the new covenant are free, seeing them manifest in your life is a battle – a battle that
involves your faith.  The enemy will throw mental darts such as: Is it really God’s will that I be healed?  Is God trying to
teach me a lesson?  Is this problem a result of some sin?  Many believers struggle to receive because they are
continually bombarded with negative messages from the enemy of their soul.  One of the most challenging and difficult
conflicts will manifest when the enemy attempts to return to your house.

Luke recorded the statement by Jesus that the unclean spirit departs but attempts to return to the same house from
where it was expelled.  Notice that the house is swept and garnished but it is uninhabited.  The person in this story has
made an effort to “straighten up” and has received temporary relief, but he has not properly allowed the Lord to move in
and take up residence.  Eventually, the enemy moved back in and brought some unwanted company (seven other
spirits) with him.

In Mark chapter 5, when Christ delivered the man of Gadara from two thousand unclean spirits (verse 13), this former
maniac from the mountains wanted to follow Jesus from city to city.  Christ told this former demon-possessed man to go
home and tell his friends what great things the Lord had done for him (verse 19).  Instead of Christ encouraging the
man to follow Him, He told the man to return to where he came from and testify of his miracle.  I believe this man had a
slight fear of returning – a fear that the demons would once against attempt to enter him.  Jesus gave him a powerful
key to staying free.  He said, “Testify of what the Lord has done!”  This agrees with a statement in Revelation 12:11:
“They overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.”

A born-again believer who is under the covenant of Christ’s blood and walking in the Word has a defense against the
powers of darkness, including evil spirits.  However, there is a spiritual principle that a believer should be made aware
of.  There are two types of conflicts: attacks and counterattacks.  Most Christians are fully aware of a frontal assault
from the adversary.  However, many are caught off guard when a counterattack comes.  The purpose of the enemy’s
counterattack is to regain lost territory.

When a person becomes born again, the adversary may bring an old B.C. (before Christ) friend who will tempt you to
return to the late-night parties and bars.  Believers who receive the Holy Spirit baptism often must deal with skeptical
relatives who attempt to rescue them from their “deception.”  The same is true with healing.  The early full-gospel
ministers were continually defending the practice of praying for the sick as critics bemoaned or denounced the act of
anointing with oil and seeking God for healing.

The adversary is a thief and a robber.  He dislikes losing ground and therefore will make an attempt to steal your
blessing, if you permit him to do so.


For many years my father has prayed for the sick and seen countless answers to prayer.  Dad and I have both
observed over the years that some people who are healed have at times experienced a relapse of a similar affliction.  
For example, a person who is healed of a terminal illness is declared clean by their physicians.  Many years later, the
disease returns, but perhaps to another location in their body.  While this certainly does not happen all the time, it does
happen from time to time and should be addressed.

Once we have been healed, we must maintain our faith in Christ’s ability to preserve our whole body, soul, and spirit
blameless unto the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ (I Thessalonians 5:23).  In the 1950’s, a woman with cancer on her
face was standing for prayer while the evangelist was fervently praying for God to perform miracles.  Her hand was
covering the large cancer, and she suddenly cried out as the cancer fell into her hand and her face was completely
healed.  People began rejoicing.  The woman, however, said, “I can’t believe this…this is impossible…this can’t be
happening.”  She placed her hand back to her face, and the cancer melted back into her skin!  In shock she made a
profound statement, “O God; what my faith took off, my unbelief put back on!”


The story of Goliath contains a clue as to how to deal with a sickness when it returns.  In David’s time, there were five
giants who lived in the Promised Land.  Their names were:

    1.  Goliath (I Samuel 17:4)

    2.  Ishbi-Benob (II Samuel 21:16)

    3.  Saph (II Samuel 21:18)

    4.  The giant from Gath (II Samuel 21:20)

    5.  Lahmi (I Chronicles 20:5)

Goliath was so large and intimidating that no man in the army of Israel was willing to challenge him until a faith-filled
teenager arrived on the battlefield.  Before approaching Goliath, David stopped by a brook of water and picked up five
smooth stones for his slingshot (I Samuel 17:40).  The obvious reason for the five stones was that David was prepared
to take out Goliath and his four other colleagues.

Lahmi, one of the four giants, was also a brother to Goliath:

    Again there was war with the Philistines, and Elhanan the son of Jair killed Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite,
    the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver’s beam.  (I Chronicles 20:5, NKJV)

If Lahmi was part of the Goliath family, he may have been the same height and had the same facial features and
threatening voice of his brother, Goliath.  Yet he was not Goliath, because Goliath was dead (I Samuel 17:51).  The
very head of Goliath had been removed by the sword of David, a picture of the sword of the Spirit, or the Word of God
getting to the root of the problem that is afflicting us (Hebrews 4:12).

Once God has wrought a healing for you, whether through the prayer of faith, a manifestation of the Spirit, or through
Communion, He makes good His healing work, and your faith and obedience maintain a continual flow of life into your
spirit, soul, and body.  However, occasionally the enemy will counterattack, attempting to bring the very thing you were
freed from back into your body.  This is not Goliath, because that giant is dead.  It may look the same, feel the same,
and act the same, but Goliath has a brother.  Lahmi must be dealt with just as Goliath was dealt with.

Many years ago a person came to me asking for prayer.  He mentioned that a previous ailment was attempting to
return.  I told him, “It’s not Goliath; it’s his brother.  But there are still stones in the brook!”  The point was that the same
faith that defeated Goliath will also defeat his brother.  The same anointing that brought the initial healing and the same
faith that defeated the adversary years ago are the same anointing and faith that can conquer the enemy today!

Obviously, if the Lord tarries, we will all have our final day on Earth and pass from this life to the next.  We are not
presently in an immortal body, and our body, which is the temple of the Holy Spirit (I Corinthians 3:16), requires
occasional repairs and maintenance.  Throughout our journey storms will come and damage parts of our temple.  But
just as God cared for His house in Jerusalem, He is concerned about your physical house, which was created in His

Here are three points to remember:

    1.  God is able to keep (preserve) what we commit to Him, and this includes our health.

    Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be
    preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  (I Thessalonians 5:23-24, NKJV)

    2.  If the enemy returns, use the same weapons to defeat him again and again.

    For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds                               
    (II Corinthians 10:4, NKJV)

    3.  We should maintain our faith and fellowship through Communion as often as we can or feel led.

    In the same manner He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood.  This
    do, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.”  (I Corinthians 11:25, NKJV)


THE MEAL THAT HEALS, by Perry Stone, Copyright 2008, Charisma House.