Happy New Year! I was cleaning up my email and found this blog that I wrote on 12/03/2015. I was saving it to publish at a later date but here we are, a little more than a year later I still haven't published it! It ministered to me today so I am publishing it in hopes that it ministers to you also.
All of us have experienced the need to be delivered: Whether we need to be delivered from an abusive family member, a bad relationship, a toxic friendship, or a million other things that can vex us. God is faithful to deliver us from these situations. But what happens after we are no longer in the situation? Do we just move on as if those things never occurred?
That’s when the healing process can begin.
Many people think that deliverance and healing are the same thing but they are not. Deliverance from a situation simply means that you have been rescued or set free from a situation. Healing is the process of making or becoming sound or healthy again. You may have been in an abusive relationship that you were able to escape from. You are delivered from that relationship because you are no longer physically in the relationship. Even though you’re not in the relationship anymore you may still be dealing with hurt, fear, anger, not being able to trust anyone, and paranoia. These are things that you need God to heal you from. Deliverance and even physical healing can take place suddenly. Here’s what I’ve found: Emotional, mental, and spiritual healing is found in your relationship with God. Here’s what I mean:
Matthew 11:28 says: “Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.” (NLT)
How do you “Come to God?” We meet with God in prayer, meditation, and fasting. I have been SO guilty of whispering a rushed word of prayer in the morning when I wake up and a sleepy couple of sentences of prayer at night (mixed in throughout the day with a memorized “grace” over my food…..one that hasn’t changed since I was 13) and calling it a relationship with God. God is a REAL spirit who longs to have a REAL relationship. How can I have a relationship with someone in whom I don’t spend quality time with? I can’t blame it on God-He’s available to talk literally 24 hours, 365 days of the year. So if we’re not spending time together, it’s my fault. He’s always available, it’s up to me to make time for Him!
Do you find yourself always irritated at the smallest things or sad but you can’t place your finger on exactly why? Do you suffer from constant fear, depression, lethargy, self-consciousness, low-self-esteem or laziness? Do you always think that everyone is out to get you? Do you find yourself seeking out the negative in every situation? Have you been told (by a trusted source) that you have issues taking responsibility for your actions? These problems are usually underlying problems of a root issue that you have not received healing from.
Now there’s more than one way to receive it but here’s what I do:
Spend Set Aside Time with God-DAILY
I play worship music, light candles, pray and read scripture. When I pray alone (or in public), it’s not a poetic and lyrical prayer. It’s a raw, desperate, and brutally honest prayer. Something like: “Lord, I think I may HATE this person. I know that hate is wrong but that’s what I’m feeling right now. Would you please change my heart so that I don’t feel this way anymore? Would you make clear to me the REAL reason why I feel this way?”
Or “Lord: I think I’m upset with you and I know that is a sin. I feel like you’ve forgotten about me. I’ve asked for help with ______ and ______ and it’s been YEARS and I’m still dealing with this. Would you change my heart? Would you help me understand what you’re doing in this time? I know that my feelings are a result of MY sin and not of anything you’ve done but Please help me and show me what I should do and how to think!!”
Or the most common: “Lord I sinned today. I did ________ and I know for a fact that it is a sin. I knew while I was planning to do it that it was a sin. Even worse, I enjoyed this sin. Please forgive me from this and help fix my heart and strengthen my spirit so that my flesh doesn’t win!”
Then after I pray I read scriptures (Sometimes I use a study book, sometimes God has directed me to read certain scriptures) and I write down the things that God is speaking to me about the scriptures. Find a translation of the bible that you can understand. I keep a journal and as God begins to speak to me, I write down what He says. I always keep a journal handy because God is God and He does NOT have to repeat Himself for my benefit lol. During this time, turn off your phone and TV. Satan WILL definitely seek to distract you so remove the obvious distractions.
Find a Scripture to Stand On
Once you begin spending time with God I PROMISE you: He will begin to make CLEAR those issues that you need to deal with and He will show you the ROOT of your issue. Some issues that God brings forth I am well aware of. Other issues I have been CLUELESS that I was still dealing with! Once God points out what I was dealing with I decided to find a scripture to coincide with my issue. For instance: If you’re dealing with depression try memorizing Psalm 40: 1-4 (NLT): 1 I waited patiently for the Lord to help me,
and he turned to me and heard my cry.2 He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. 3 He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord. 4 Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord, who have no confidence in the proud or in those who worship idols.”
Ok so here’s the hard part: God is going to give you instruction that will lead to not only your healing, but your personal development. The instruction is NOT always fun or glamourous, but you need to be obedient and pass the test. He may instruct you to walk away from a job, to go on a fast or an extended fast, to end a relationship, or even find a new church home. He may instruct you to move away from everything that is familiar to you. He may tell you, a fairly private person, to write blog posts that expose yourself (Part of my obedience test lol). Whatever God tells you to do, do it! The best part about it is that you can still talk to Him and ask for His help with your assignment. If He tells you to move then ask Him to direct you in exactly what to do. He will help you with your job (if He wants you to work), housing, and give you everything you’ll need to move. It won’t necessarily be easy, but you’ll be able to do it and receive the blessing once it’s done! If He tells you to leave a relationship it doesn’t mean that you won’t cry and be hurt and sad: It just means that He will provide you with His super-natural strength and give you joy even in your sorrow…..and I promise you that you won’t be able to understand it!
Help Someone Else
God will eventually allow you to stumble upon someone who is suffering from the same issue that you have been delivered and now HEALED from! How do you know that you’ve been healed? You will feel the burden being lifted off of your shoulders. You will be able to TALK about it without being angry or hurt. Your tears will bow be tears of joy from how far God has brought you. You will have a different dispositions. People will notice a positive change in you. Youwill approach situations differently and seek to make amends in relationships that you’ve hurt someone. You will make positive GODLY changes in your life because the weight that was so easily besetting you has now been lifted!! (Hebrews 12:1 KJV)
Do you have a testimony of how God has healed you? Questions or Thoughts? Leave it in the comment section! Thank you so much for stopping by!