I was out the other day and I saw a boy wearing a shirt that said,
”Pack lighter, go further.”
I feel that this is a word to the body of Christ. I feel like we are in a season of emotional and psychological healing for the purpose of growing, accomplishing our given purpose on this planet, just basically going further in Christ. In order to go further we need to lighten our load, so to speak. Do you feel like the same bad things keep happening to you? Do you feel like you keep going through the same cycles in your life over and over? Or like everyone is against you and you never get a break? I know how you feel. I used to have all of these thoughts and more. These kind of thoughts are alarm bells to your brain that there is unhealed hurt from your past that is being relived over and over through faulty thought patterns, pain filled reflexes masked in protective habits and false beliefs. This is your baggage. It is what is weighing you down, dragging you down through life. I used to dread so many things. All kinds of things, from little things like waking up in the morning, making phone calls, or texting someone to bigger things like making friends with someone new, speaking in public or starting a blog used to fill me with stress and anxiety. I never realised that I was always assuming the worst would happen if I stepped out. I didn’t realise that in my attempt to protect myself from the pain of the past I was preventing myself from experiencing the joy of the future. And all of this because there were things in my heart and my mind that were not healed, things that I might have even assumed were healed or that had just been there so long that they became part of the background noise in my head.
I once read that time doesn’t heal anything, it only makes the pain bearable, but time doesn’t even do that. Let’s say you experience something that affects you deeply and you refuse to deal with it at the time, for any number of reasons and then move on with your life, filling your time so you don’t have to stop and acknowledge the hurt. Over time you grow accustomed to the pain to the point that it is part of your normal. A lot of people do this only we don’t relise that we are missing out on the fullness that the bible speaks about because of the thoughts and actions that grow out of this unhealed hurt. It’s like a wound that doesn’t get proper care only to have a bandage slapped on it, never to be looked at again. You don’t have to be a surgeon to know that good can never come of ignoring that wound. It will fester, grow larger and deeper affecting not only the area where the wound occurred but eventually the whole area around the wound. This all sounds very depressing because it is depressing. A life spent in this unhealed zone leads to broken relationships, mental disorders, addictions, memory loss, sleep disorders and even physical aliments, disease, and I dare say, even cancer. But alas, there is hope! We have a God who created us who sent His only Son to heal the broken hearted.
The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He has anointed Me
To preach the gospel to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set at liberty those who are oppressed;
Luke 4:18 nkjv
Imagine, the God of the universe cares about your heart. Not only cares about your heart but wants to heal it! And that is only one aspect of the purpose of Jesus’ mission, a mission He is still fulfilling. In other words it didn’t stop when He died, He still accomplishes His mission because He lives. This is the key to freedom from all oppression. This is the key to healing from our hurts and our wounds.
Do you have a relationship with the amazing healer? Would you like to? It is quite easy to begin what I think is the most important step into a future of health, growth and prosperity. Say this simple but profound prayer with all of your heart:
I want a relationship with you. I’m sorry that I have not come to you and tried to do everything in my own strength and understanding. I confess that the salvation that You offer me is free and You did all that needs to be done already for me to receive salvation. I pray that you forgive me of all I have done that has taken me far from you. I need a Saviour. I need You in my life. Come into to my heart and my life. I commit my heart to you as my Lord Jesus.
If you have said this prayer, Yay!! Welcome to the body of Christ and the beginning of an amazing journey of understanding, healing and joy. I highly recommend that you get yourself connected with a local church that is bible based and Holy Spirit filled. In a local church you will find community. Community is the next vital step in the journey of healing. Community is God’s idea and He put us in it to sustain us, teach us, heal us, provide us with protection and support that you can not attain by yourself. I specify a local church because you need to it to be reasonably accessible and something that you won’t have too many obstacles to your attendance. I also recommend actually going to a physical church. I know that in the era of technology that it is easy to access all kinds of sermons online and there is definitely a place for them in the life of a Christian but it cannot be the only “church” you attend. You need to be immersed in a group of people that you feel you belong to and that surrounds you in order to experience the abundance God has planned for you. Does that mean it will be perfect? No. Is there risk involved with being in community? Yes. But that’s another blog for another day.
I pray that you found yourself thinking differently through this blog and pray encountered your Creator.