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Psalm 147:3 - He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
One of the things I have learned in ministry is that all of us have a past and all of us have wounds. Just because you are a Christian does not mean that you have been completely healed from the hurts inflicted by others or the self–inflicted wounds made by our sins or poor choices.
Far too often in Christianity we only deal with the spiritual issues in our lives like salvation, baptism and walking in the Spirit and we fail to address the emotional side of things. As a matter of fact, in many Christian circles talking about our emotions is portrayed as unspiritual and even un-scriptural. This is not true, Jesus came to heal, restore and renew the complete person, spirit, soul and body. Jesus came to set us free from sin, but He also came to make us whole and complete in every way. Psalm 107:20 - He sent His word and healed them and delivered them from their destructions.
The Church is not just a place to learn and it is not just a spiritual family, it is also a Holy Spirit Hospital. We are a place of healing. Many people come from broken homes; people have been wounded by parental abuse, neglect and even because of abandonment by a mother and father. Some through divorce and some parents never stepped up and were a part of the children they helped create.
Some people were bullied in school or suffered from sickness, extreme poverty or even remarkable hardships.
Others carry the shame of addiction or the results of a party lifestyle. Some have experienced rejection time and again from family, friends and even strangers.
When I worked as a foster parent at Real Life Children’s Ranch one of the things I learned from these abused, neglected and troubled children is that salvation doesn’t wash away all the pain and rejection. If it is not healed, we watched as these children have carried their woundedness into adulthood. They have developed habits and ways of dealing with their hurts, but they are not healthy, whole and free. The truth is, all of us, in one way or another, have carried some of our hurts well into adulthood.
All of us have emotions. They are a part of the intricate way in which God made us. Emotions are not a bad thing; they are necessary, and they can be healthy. We must learn to manage our emotions, or our emotions will manage us. One of the goals of every believer should be emotional stability. We are not called to be emotion-less, that is just as unhealthy. A Christian is to live by wisdom not by our gut, our instincts or ruled by our emotions.
Proverbs 3:21-26 - My son, let them not depart from your eyes—Keep sound wisdom and discretion;So, they will be life to your soul and grace to your neck. Then you will walk safely in your way, and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; For the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught.
The truth is that some people feel things more deeply than others and some are freer with expressing their feelings than others. We must not confuse personality with woundedness. Some people never cry, and some are just weepers. Some people feel strongly about things and will intently express it, others do not know how to control their anger.
Feelings are God’s idea. Someone once said to me – “if I could not feel, life would be so much better”. I understand that but think of all the good and enjoyment you would be missed. Feelings help us to function; they help us to love, enjoy, to be aware, to care, to be sensitive.
Hurt is designed to keep you away from the blessing of God for your life. Hurt keeps you where you are when you were hurt and keeps you from moving forward. The truth is many who were abused or wounded in their childhood stay at the age they were wounded at unless they are healed emotionally and grow in maturity. Precious brother and sister, you are loved by a God who desires to heal the deepest wounds that people and that life have inflicted on you. Even if you did things by your own poor choices, we have a God who restores and forgives. This month I am expecting God to do a powerful work in all our lives. Healing, completeness and new life patterns that bring peace through wisdom are ours in Jesus’ Name.
Thank you for joining in our month of Prayer. Prayer is the engine of our church. It is through prayer that lives will be changed, and miracles will abound.
You are Loved.
Pastor Marvin & Dawn