Healing the Wounded Spirit
The Start of the Journey
Addiction begins with a wound that has not been healed.
“How easy it was to agree with the preacher in church. As I left I would shake his hand and say with a grin, ‘Great preaching, brother’! This kept the surface of my lake unruffled. But once in the car, I would reveal my true self. More and more, on the surface, my lips were speaking praises to God and my life was showing forth the image of Jesus simply because I willed it to be. But my subconscious, the vast reservoir of who I really was, that area revealed primarily through dreams and sudden disturbances of the surface, still seemed to be as un-Christlike as ever.” (Jamie Buckingham – Risky Living)
“The Lord wants us to accept ourselves as we are, rotten and unchanged, and then let Him express His goodness and righteousness in us through His Holy Spirit. ‘Come to Him, to that living stone, rejected by men but in God’s sight chosen and precious; and like living stones be yourself built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:4-5) Note the passive voice, ‘be built,’ not build yourself.” (John Sandford) The call is not to build, the call is to die.
This is what healing is all about. It is about us dying. Dying to self and living to Jesus Christ. The problem is that we have to go through a process to die completely. I don’t know if we ever die completely until we see Jesus face to face, but we must be going through the process if we are to become more like Jesus.
God’s healing is all around us. I don’t believe there is any healing without God. A physical wound must be cleaned and medicated rather than ignored in order to heal. Emotional and spiritual wounds also need attention in order to be healed. They don’t just go away.
What does spiritual growth and healing mean? It means that we become more like Jesus Christ. If we are carrying around all of our old baggage (hurts, hang-ups from our past), we cannot become like Jesus. Our spirits are wounded and Jesus wants to heal our spirits. He wants to bring us to the realization that we can have a life filled with the peace that passes all understanding.
Healing the wounded spirit is a process through which painful or traumatic memories are taken captive and made obedient to Christ. Under the leadership of the Holy Spirit, who guides the believer into all truth, we are able to uncover wounds and lies that have held a person captive in shame, guilt, or fear. Going back to the painful memory in the presence of the Risen Lord Jesus and letting Him speak the Gospel into the heart, bringing truth, healing, peace and forgiveness.
People, even Christians, are affected by what is said and done to them. Over the years, if hurtful words and actions are not brought into the light of Christ, they fester like emotional cancers. Eventually they surface in problems such as anxiety, depression, addictions, compulsiveness, inability for intimacy, chronic anger, eating disorders, sexual confusion, etc.
Healing goes to the root cause of the symptoms. The Holy Spirit is able to pinpoint the source of the emotional afflictions and speak the truth to the part of the spirit that is wounded or bound. As the healing occurs over time, people begin to realize that they are being freed from what held them captive.
While the healing does not change the hurtful things that happened, it does allow God to heal the wounded spirit.
I believe that we all need healing in our life. Some of us more than others. If you have some of these problem you need healing in your life.
- An inability to have spontaneous fun, an inability to let go.
- Problems with intimacy.
- Always need drama in your life.
- Inability to know what normal behavior is.
- An exaggerated need for approval of others.
- Confusion about making decisions.
- Anxiety about making changes.
- Black and white judgment. No gray areas.
- Fear and denial of anger.
- Lies and exaggeration. When it is easy to tell the truth.
- Fear of abandonment.
- Tendency to look for people to take care of.
- Need to control self and others.
Homework: Read Romans 12:1-2, Psalm 34:17-18. What does these verses mean to you and your life?
Are you really committed to the healing of Jesus Christ in your life? Explain, why or why not.