Life Hurts -- God Heals
Pastor Terry Inman
This week I was reading some online reviews of Harbor Light. On the YELP app, a young single woman writes, “I have been a part of this church for 4 years now. My family and I left our smaller church of 22 years and at first it was overwhelming to think about attending Harbor Light because of the size. But once we got over that we attended a Father's Day service and felt such HOPE and COMMUNITY and HEALING!
Hope and healing is a core value of this church. The bible says, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psa. 147:3 (NIV) “Life Hurts--God Heals” is the title of today’s message.
The second of our four purposes here at the Harbor is to help people recover though God’s healing presence. That’s why we have trained prayer teams that minister healing prayer every Sunday morning.
Our Cleansing Streams seminar with the in house retreat is a also powerful tool for freedom and healing. It’s not too late to go online and register for one-day in–house retreat on Saturday Nov. 2nd.
This is beginning to sound like an infomercial. I also want to remind you of our awesome Celebrate Recovery groups that meet here on campus every Friday night at seven. Here’s what Phil Robinson has to say about it…
(video) http://vimeo.com/65251149 Phil Robinson: Duck Dynasty
We also have a prayer and peer-counseling ministry here called IFM or Issue Focused Ministry. It is a three-hour biblically structured healing and freedom session led by two trained prayer facilitators. It is aimed at addressing a primary issue affecting our life in any way.
Issues like abandonment, abuse, anger, anxiety, control, depression, dependency, fears, resentment, insecurity, inferiority, impurity, mistrust, rejection, suppressed emotions, shame and trauma are just a few of the bumps and bruises that if left un-healed can limit our spiritual growth.
IFM or Issue Focused Ministry is simply one of the tools God uses to facilitate our healing. Let me briefly explain the four steps or areas of ministry that we cover in this prayer session.
1.) Family DNA (sins of the fathers)
2.) God’s Truth (counter the lies we live with)
3.) Life’s Hurts (healing of memory)
4.) Spiritual Freedom (from demonic harassment and oppression)
Let’s talk about Family DNA. This is the bad stuff in our roots.
God has a generational perspective. He created and cares for families. Unfortunately we inherited a propensity for sinfulness and brokenness from our original ancestor. Adam’s sin brought the curse of spiritual and physical death on the all of humanity. The bible says, in Adam all die, but in Christ all will be made alive. 1 Cor. 15:22-23 (NIV)
We often focus on ourselves in the here and now, but God has an eternal and generational view of life. He is known throughout history as the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
When Moses was recruited to lead his people to freedom. He asked God, “Who should I say sent me”. God said to tell them “I AM sent me to you…The LORD, the God of your fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation. Ex. 3:15 (NIV)
As we love or honor God, He not only blesses us, He brings an inheritance of blessings to our children and grandchildren to a thousand generations. We call this Generational Blessings.
If we reject or dishonor God, our lives and the lives around us suffer immensely. Over time, our character and integrity become damaged. That persistent sin can bring curses to us our children, and our grandchildren to three or four generations. We call this Generational Sin.
God’s people rejected him by insisting on worshiping false Gods.
Don’t bow down to them and don’t serve them because I am GOD, your God, and I’m a most jealous God, punishing the children for any sins their parents pass on to them to the third, and yes, even to the fourth generation of those who hate me. But I’m unswervingly loyal to the thousands who love me and keep my commandments. Ex. 20:5-6 (MSG)
Now God is not intentionally punishing us for our ancestors sins he is just stating the consequences of sinful family influences. Brokenness gets passed down though example, exposure and victimization. Jesus death on the cross removes any curses we may be under. We are no longer jinxed!
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit. Gal. 3:13-14 (NIV)
We are not responsible for how our relatives have lived or treated us but we are responsible for what we do with these sinful family behaviors.
The prophet Jeremiah said, “When that time comes you won’t hear the old proverb anymore, Parents ate the green apples, their children got the stomachache. No, each person will pay for his own sin. You eat green apples you’re the one who gets sick. Jer. 31:29-30 (MSG)
We can break the bondage of harmful Family DNA. When can bring it to the light and seek God’s forgiveness for both our ancestors sins and ours.
God assured his people…“If they confess their sins and the sins of their ancestors, their treacherous betrayal, the defiance that set off my defiance that sent them off into enemy lands; if by some chance they soften their hard hearts and make amends for their sin, I’ll remember my covenant with Jacob…” Lev. 26:40-42 (MSG)
There are several examples of leaders in the bible like Daniel, Nehemiah, and Ezra that confessed their sins, the sins of their fathers and the sins of their nation. This is called identification repentance. The bible says, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1John 1:9 (NIV)
When we ask God to forgive and we choose to forgive our fathers or anyone else who hurt us we release ourselves from the burden of family DNA. We can then pursue generational blessings for our children, our grandchildren and ourselves. Take a minute right now and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you just one issue that you are affected by right now that may have come through your family line.
The second step to freedom and healing is to expose lies we have believed and lived. We listen to the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s Truth.
From the moment we enter this world, bits and pieces of information, experiences and impressions continue to come together to form our beliefs and expectations. We consciously or unconsciously form opinions and make conclusions. Often these opinions and conclusions are wrong.
For an example if we were frequently criticized as a child we may feel inferior and critical as an adult. If we went through trauma, abuse, neglect or abandonment we may go thought life with the belief that no one really loves us. We will always feel alone. We are set up for rejection.
There is a truth above the facts: God’s truth! “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways declares the LORD.” Isa. 55:8 (NIV) God wants us to reinterpret our facts with his truth.
Gaining God’s perspective about our life’s events and experiences is essential. With it, we can understand our identity, as God’s loved child and appropriate His healing and freedom in our life. Our God is a God of truth.
Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you a primary untruth you may be living with. Ask him to show you where it came from. Some examples… I am stupid. I’m a failure. When people get to know me they reject me. I am always sick. I will always be broke. I will always be lonely. I can’t control my sexual life. I am shamefully broken.
As the Holy Spirit reveals an untruth affecting your life, ask God’s forgiveness for believing this lie. Now ask the Holy Spirit to reveal God’s truth. It will more than likely be the opposite of the lie. He may give you a passage of scripture or a new thought, image or identity. Write it down.
We have confessed and forgiven the sinful Family DNA that relates to our issue. We have replaced the lies we have lived with by God’s truth. Now we are ready to experience healing for life’s hurts.
God is our Healer. He delights to heal us spiritually, emotionally, and physically. In fact, one of God’s names is Jehovah Rapha—Our God who heals. In Ex. 15:26 I am the LORD, who heals you.
The pain of past hurts can rule our life. It smolders, it smothers, and sometimes it shuts us completely down. We may not be fully conscious of past hurts but they are etched on our soul or psyche. We may find ourselves overreacting in fear or anger to things that should not affect us that much. The past creeps into the present and cripples us.
Life Hurts—God Heals! He is waiting and ready to touch our deepest pain if we will let Him. “I will restore you to health and heal your wounds,’ declares the LORD, Jer. 30:17 (NIV)
Jesus began his healing ministry in his hometown by quoting the prophet Isaiah. “The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach 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.” Isa. 61:1(NIV)
Jesus paid for our physical and emotional healing. His wounds heal our wounds. In a sense, His healing is a divine exchange. We offer Him our hurt and He offers us His healing.
It was our sins that did that to him, that ripped and tore and crushed him—our sins! He took the punishment, and that made us whole. Through his bruises we get healed. Isa. 53:5 (MSG)
Again lets ask the Holy Spirit to bring to our memory a hurt from the past that may be affecting us in the present. It may be the starting point of the issue we are now facing.
Ask the Holy Spirit to let you hear, see or feel that pain of the past. As you begin to recall this hurt tell the Lord how you feel. David said, I cry out loudly to GOD, loudly I plead with GOD for mercy. I spill out all my complaints before him, and spell out my troubles in detail: Psa. 142:1
Be ware of how and what you were feeling in this memory. Fear, anger, pain, terror, try to identify how it felt. Now invite Jesus into the memory tell him how you feel. “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psa. 34:18 (NIV)
Ask Jesus to heal your heart. Imagine what he is doing there. He might say something to you. What do you think he might say or might do?
Now the final step of Spiritual Freedom is a victory celebration. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed! John 8:36 (NIV)
There is a devil and he desires to destroy your life. He desires to steal your joy. If he could get away with it, he would kill you and those you love. The bible says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10
Deliverance is simple when these three steps have already been taken. There is no longer any opportunities for Satan’s oppression. Jesus said, “The prince of this world is coming. He has no hold on me” John 14:30
This is the time to declare your freedom. “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” Acts 10:38 (NIV)
We have been given the authority to evict this intruder. “The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.” 1 John 4.4 (NIV) Jesus told his disciples to “Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” Matt. 10.8 The bible says “these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons”. Mark 16:17 (NIV)
Now let’s take back the ground we may have given the enemy. Let’s ask the Lord to forgive us for giving room to the enemy. Now lets go after demonic influences of abandonment, abuse, anger, anxiety, control, depression, dependency, fears, resentment, insecurity, inferiority, impurity, mistrust, rejection, rebellion, suppressed emotion, and shame.
So address these demons with authority now. You demon you have caused (name what ever the form of oppression takes). You are not my friend you are not welcome in my mind or my emotions. By the powerful name of Jesus Christ who defeated you on the cross, you are now dismissed! You’re fired! Get out now, in Jesus name and never come back!
Gal. 5:1says, It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Life Hurts -- God Heals!