Month: <span>February 2020</span>

Common Misconceptions about Inner Healing

“I don’t need healing because I am a new creation and my past no longer affects me.”

I have heard many people use the above phrase when the topic of inner healing comes up. There is a belief that they are already totally healed and set free because they are “a new creation in Christ”, referring to the scripture below.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17

While it is true that as born again believers, we are a new creation, we still require inner healing. The word of God contains many promises pertaining to our inheritance as sons and daughters of God.  Mostly they are acquired through faith and prayer; they are not simply automatic when we become a believer. For example, the bible tells us that we have physical healing as part of our inheritance in Christ, but the reality is that many Christians suffer illness and the healing Jesus provided is realised through the prayer of faith and the ministry of the body. 

Just as physical healing requires faith, prayer and ministry to fully appropriate, healing of our minds and hearts often requires focused prayer and ministry. Although the way has been made through the cross for every believer to walk in wholeness and freedom, it comes through a process of transformation by the renewing of our minds. (Romans 12:2)

Every believer is on a journey toward wholeness and Christlikeness. We all need healing in our hearts so we can grow in freedom and in our relationship with God.

“I don’t need anyone to pray with me, I have a relationship with Jesus and can pray by myself.”

There are two scriptures which help to explain that it’s not God’s way for us to do it all on our own. 

4When he had said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.

Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

John 11:43,44

This is a prophetic picture of the born-again experience. Jesus raises us from death to life. Just as Lazarus had graveclothes on that restricted his freedom and experience of his new life, believers have thought patterns, beliefs and wounds that are binding us and hindering our new life experience. In this story, Jesus did not take the grave clothes off Lazarus, and He did not tell Lazarus to take them off – he told the disciples who were standing next to him to remove them.

There are disciples of Jesus today who are anointed and trained to take the grave clothes off believers and help them walk in the freedom of their resurrected life.

“Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.” James 5:16

The above scripture links sharing with other believers and receiving prayer with our healing. Humility releases grace and is a hallmark of the Kingdom of God. It takes humility and courage to make ourselves vulnerable and share our struggles and pain with others.

Many years ago I came to a place in my own healing journey where God clearly said “You are not going to progress any further until you talk about this with someone.” It was difficult to do but it was so worth it! I found a person who I trusted to not make any judgements, who would keep confidential what I shared and who knew how to pray with me for healing and breakthrough. Even as I shared my story, I felt the release and breakthrough commencing.

My prayer is that every believer would have access to trusted friends and ministers who can help them toward healing and wholeness.

The Theology of Inner Healing

4Surely He has borne our griefs
And carried our sorrows;
(born our sicknesses and carried our pain)
Yet we esteemed Him stricken,
Smitten by God, and afflicted.
5But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 53:4,5

The scriptures call Jesus the Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6) He promised His followers that despite our circumstances, we can have supernatural peace.

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 14:27

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”

John 16:33

 

Peace means completeness, welfare, soundness (in body) safety, prosperity, contentment, and friendship.

One of the goals of inner healing is to appropriate the peace that Jesus promised us. It is peace with God, peace with ourselves, peace with others and peace with our circumstances.

Regardless of what has happened in our past, what is happening in our present and what our future looks like, peace is possible right now. The peace of God is a fruit of the Spirit, not our circumstances.

Everything that keeps us from peace has a resolution on the cross however it often doesn’t seem like that. The scripture below is the one of the foundational scriptures for inner healing where we learn what Jesus came to give us.  Inner healing is a process which personalises the cross to the specific areas that are troubling our hearts. It exposes beliefs that are keeping us from living in the victory which Jesus purchased 2000 years ago.

The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
    because the Lord has anointed me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
    to proclaim freedom for the captives
    and release from darkness for the prisoners,[a]
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
    and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
    and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
    instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
    instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
    instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
    a planting of the Lord
    for the display of his splendor.

Isaiah 61:1-3

What a wonderful King we serve! I made a decision many years ago that I would endeavour to receive all that Jesus died to give me. He paid the ultimate price for my healing and peace.  If it’s that important to Him then I need to make it important to me too.