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.
43 When 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.”
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.