The Place of Our Passion

We have spent the last several weeks talking about inner healing --- the freedom it brings, what it is, how it works and some of the hang-ups that keep it from happening.  Today I want to talk about one more issue that can keep us from receiving inner healing from the Lord.  The issue is idols.  Is there an idol in your life that you need to lay down?

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Fight, Flight or Freedom

God sees us and intimately knows our hearts and knows exactly how to bring healing to our specific wounds --- large and small.  I invite you to listen to the podcast this week where my friend, Cody Andras, shares about how the Lord brought his healing to her heart.  She gives us a great example of how a seemingly insignificant event can be the opportunity the enemy of our souls uses to plant a lie in our spirits.  She explains how we can receive the Lord’s truth about these lies through healing prayer and that He cares even about the little things in our lives that shouldn’t be a big deal, but are.

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There Is No Condemnation

Last week we introduced the topic of soul ties.  We explained the concept and looked at the example of Jacob and Benjamin from the Bible.  We also considered some examples from my life and other’s.  I left you with the challenge to ask the Lord if you have any soul ties in your life, either ones that you have made or that have been made with you.  Remember that it can be with someone who died a long time ago. I asked you to wait and listen and to see if the Lord brought any one to mind.

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Healthy Relationships

Today I want to talk about a close “cousin” to inner vows, something called soul ties.  These two share several similarities.  You will not find either of these names in the Bible, although the concepts are there. Both inner vows and soul ties can block us from hearing from the Lord.  Both can be dealt with in a similar way, with a simple prayer of repentance, a breaking of the vow or tie, and an invitation for the Lord to come into the situation.

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With God's Help

Last week I introduced the topic of inner vows and left you with the assignment to ask the Lord if you have made any inner vows.  Well, what do you think?  Did any specific vows come to your mind? This is not the time to beat yourself up if you have made some. Most, if not all of us, have made them.  This is the time to walk out of those vows into freedom.

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The Lies We Believe

The lies we believe deeply affect us.  In last week’s podcast I told you about the lie that I had believed since the day I was born when I was badly burned.  I believed the lie that I was rejected. I can look back now and see how that lie influenced and shaped the way I lived. For years I didn’t know I was living out of that lie, because it felt like the truth!  That is the power of deception.

How do we get these lies?  When we experience a traumatic event, especially when we are very young and our spirits are unguarded, the enemy of our souls (who does not play fair) plants a lie in our hearts.  The lie matches or makes sense of the trauma/injury.  In my case I was badly burned within minutes of being born.  The lie I received was that I had been rejected.  Do you see how the lie matched the trauma?

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Overreacting

In our podcast this week I talk about the first time I experienced inner healing.  I remember that day so well. Not only did I receive healing of a spiritual wound I had lived with my whole life, but also I embarked on a journey learning about inner healing and how to pray for others and myself in this area.  I want to share some of what I have learned with you today.

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Who needs inner healing?  I have learned that we all need inner healing, every single one of us! This is because we all receive emotional wounds, particularly in our childhoods when we are very vulnerable ---even those of us with wonderful parents and happy childhoods.  Whether it is a huge traumatic event or something as seemingly benign as a confrontation on the playground, our spirits, the silent observer within us, examine everything that happens to us.   When we are hurt, our spirits take the hit. 

Not only are we hurt, but also the enemy of our souls, who doesn’t play fair, brings us a lie that “fits” our pain.  It may be something like, “You are rejected.”  Or “You can never trust a man.”  Or “You are a loser, you might as well give up.”  We believe that lie and begin to live out of it.  We take up strategies to live in a way that will protect us from further hurt in this area. Those strategies may work for a while but inevitably we will get hurt in a similar way; our unhealed wound gets hit again.  

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How do I know I need inner healing?  When we get hurt in that same area where we have an unhealed wound we will over over-react. In real time, we know that we shouldn’t feel this stirred up, but we just can’t help it!  When we over-react to something that happens in our present life, this is a clue that there just may be something behind the over-reaction that the Lord wants to heal. 

An example from my life….

Long before I knew about this, I had a classic case of being stirred up.  It seems like an insignificant incident but it is instructive. I remember it so well.  A new grocery store had opened up and I decided to do my major shopping for the week there.  I filled up a grocery cart and went thru the check out line, only to have the clerk tell me that he could not cash my check. (Yes, this was a long time ago and I actually wrote checks for my groceries!) I left the full grocery cart and went out to my car to leave, but I started crying, and crying and crying. I tried to leave the parking lot, but I had to pull over because the very thought of him telling me he wouldn’t cash my check made me start crying all over again.   Can you see the red flag waving?  If I had known then, what I know now, I might have noticed my over-reaction and gone for some prayer. We would have discovered the huge unhealed wound of rejection that I received the day I was born.  (You can learn more about that in this week’s podcast.)

So pay attention when you have a reaction to something in your every day life that, even you know, is too big.  I can just bet that there is a wound way down deep in your spirit from long ago that life today is hitting up against.  

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Where do I go for inner healing?   We go to the Lord in prayer.  We turn to him with our over-reaction asking Him for the memory of the first time we ever felt this same way. When we have a memory (which sometimes seems insignificant), we ask the Lord to come into the memory and bring His light, His truth.  Then we wait on Him.  We wait until He brings His truth. This may take a while of simply waiting.  

As He answers, many times people will see a light, or they will sense or see Jesus in the scene of the memory.  Some people will simply “know” what the Lord wants them to know.   The Lord will bring the truth about that day.  He doesn’t change the facts that really happened, but He will give you His perspective and that will change the way you view that event/memory.  This brings healing to the wound.  Peace will be the predominant feeling when you look back at the memory. The Lord brings His truth that dispels the lie that the enemy had planted.  The truth sets you free!  

I have had many times where I have turned to the Lord in prayer by myself and received this light and truth and healing as I considered a painful memory.  But sometimes, the memory is too painful and I cannot “stay” in it long enough to see what the Lord wants to do.  You may need to meet with trusted friends to pray with you for your specific issue as I often do.*  Inner healing is worth it! 

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Why seek inner healing?  When the Lord brings you His truth the sting of the memory is healed, the lie is gone and you will experience His peace, His perfect peace. It takes courage, strength and time to face past hurts and to invite the Lord to bring His healing, but it is so worth it!

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Heavenly Father, 

I thank you that you know everything about each one of us including every spiritual wound that we have carried, some of us for a very long time.  Thank you that you want to bring your truth and healing to our specific spiritual wounds. I ask you to begin this process this week by showing us when we are stirred up.   Thank you that when you reveal a wound it is because you want to heal it.  I pray that as we go though these lessons we won’t just learn about inner healing but we will experience inner healing.

In Jesus’ precious name,

Amen


* For those of you in the Houston/Brenham area you may make a prayer appointment for inner healing prayer at Lydia’s House at lydiashousebrenham.com and Serenity Retreat at serenityretreat.com.















Introduction to Healing Prayer

I want to welcome you to our new Healing Prayer Series! This spring we are going to talk about something that I have found to be transformational, both in my life and the lives of others --- healing prayer*. For me, healing prayer has been one of the chief ways that I have experienced a taste of what Jesus calls the abundant life.

* Healing prayer is also called inner healing, transformational prayer, healing of memories.  There are many Bible teachers who have written books and teach courses on this. 

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Essence of Christmas

Christmas is synonymous with the spirit of giving.  When you say “Christmas”, many children think presents!  When you say “Christmas”, many parents think shopping, traffic, wrapping and delivering! It wouldn’t be Christmas without gifts. Gift giving is at the heart of Christmas. In fact gift giving was at the heart of the very first Christmas.

For God so loved the world that He gave….

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Grace and Fullness of God

So often in my experience with the Lord, I hear Him say, "wait, wait, wait." God's timing is always perfect. God stands outside of time. He created time. God steps into time and intersects with your life where He's always on time. 

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law,  to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” Galatians 4:4-7”

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Mary, Marry, Merry

When our granddaughter Catherine was two, she and her little friend Elizabeth loved manger scenes. They loved the whole story of the “birth of Baby Jesus”. They started playing pretend and one of them would be Joseph and one of them would be Mary. They would play their game called “Mary and Joseph” and it was all about baby Jesus. It was pretty cute… they would swap out who got to be Mary and who got to be Joseph. We thought the game was great and we thought it would be over in about two weeks, but it was actually May before they finally moved on to another game of pretend.  I would walk in the house and Katherine would jump up and say, “Okay, you're going to be a shepherd today and Daddy, you'll be Joseph and I'll get to be Mary”. And we would. We felt honored to play, especially when we would get to move up and become the angel Gabriel! 

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Walking in the Spirit

How do we become mighty in the Spirit of God?  Is there a stack of must-read books?  An accredited course we need to take?  Is there a certain pod cast we must to listen to or a particular church that will give us the proper credentials?  What will make us mighty in the Spirit in God’s eyes? 


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The Balancing Act

If there ever was a person in the Bible who could have pulled rank it was a man named James.  When he wrote the epistle of James he could have impressed his readers with something like, “This book is from James, the beloved blood brother of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes who are scattered.”  Anyone who picked up the letter would have immediately been alerted to the fact that they were reading the words of someone who was very important.  They had better pay attention to what he said because James had the inside track, his big brother was Jesus himself!

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A Star Is Born

Esther, whose name means star, is a star of the Old Testament.  You probably know her story.  When she found herself in the king’s harem she also found extraordinary favor --- first in the eyes of the man in charge of the harem and later in the eyes of the king himself.  When she became queen she learned of the king’s edict that would effectively extinguish the entire Jewish population.

She had a choice.  Would she keep her Jewish identity a secret?  Would she turn a blind eye to the coming massacre of her fellow Jews so she could hang onto her personal comfort and privileged position?  Self or selfless?

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The Race of Your Life

I have never been a runner.  I rarely break into a jog when I am out on a walk.  Even when jogging was the craze I resisted.  So I have no personal experience with running a race.  Yet the Christian life is often pictured as just that.  Paul uses this analogy often. In I Corinthians 9 he tells us to run in such a way that you may win. In Galatians 5 he says, “You were running well, who hindered you?”  In Philippians 2 Paul speaks of his own life, “I did not run in vain.” Experienced runner or not, it sounds to me like once we enter the Christian life, we have entered the race of our lives!

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