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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.

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