It’s been a few weeks since Ken and I returned home from South Africa and our mind, heart and spirits are still filled with awe and gratitude for what God is doing in the lives of the beautifully broken people who call South Africa home.
Being in their midst was humbling as I was reminded of just how broken I am too and yet grateful to God for bringing me from one of the walking wounded to a place of beautiful brokenness.
So many of us live hidden and fearful, with buried hurts and traumas; often at the hands of others and outside of our control. We experience fear, anxiety, shame and guilt; we feel abandoned, rejected and are often unable to receive love from others and many times find it difficult to even love ourselves.
Those hurts and traumas leave deep, infected wounds that paralyze us from experiencing the fullness in Christ we are promised in Scripture. The infection caused by such wounding grows over time, creating a mass of bitter roots and gives the enemy a place to set up camp and hold us captive. Our “infection” needs the inner healing only our Abba can provide.
God desires to heal our wounds and take our pain and hurt from us. Have you ever loved somebody so much that you wish you could take their pain or suffering from them? That’s how our Heavenly Father feels about us…He loves us so much that He paid the price for our healing in the work on the cross!!
The first step to receiving such inner healing is to understand where the antidote, or antibiotic if you will, comes from; and it comes from opening our pain to God and His Word.
God’s Word is God Breathed! (2 Tim 3:16) It is the mind, heart and plan of our Abba for our lives to be lived in freedom and wholeness; fully loved, fully accepted, fully His.
God’s Word has healing power! (Ps107:20) He sent His Word and healed them. We need to open the wounds to Him and let Him heal them. He is not bound by time; our past belongs to as much as our future does. God is able to redeem the hurts and trauma of our past and make us whole.
God’s Word is able to something no other text can; and that is to penetrate our very spirit, mind, body, and soul. Inner Healing is different from physical (outer) healing; inner healing touches emotional, relational, spiritual and physical parts of a person. It is a ministry in the power of the Holy Spirit aimed at bringing healing to the whole person; spirit, body, mind, emotions and will. It’s the kind of healing Jesus did and said in the book of John we would too as one sent.
Hebrews 4:12 NLT “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”
The Bible is the scalpel of the Great Physician; our Jehovah-Rapha – The God who heals! Open it up and allow Him to do His mighty healing work in you!