#1 DECIDE TO BE MADE WHOLE;
When my missing past began to unfold like an angry river of successive memories, I was so unraveled that I had to get help. This was not something I could walk through without the guidance and accountability of experienced ministers and professional counselors. The emotional and spiritual aftermath caused me to wrestle hard with the question, Can someone like me be healed? Like the prophet Elijah, I felt completely alone in my struggle.
Some still do not believe that Christians would ever need inner healing or deliverance because everything was taken care of through the finished work of Jesus. The philosophy sounds like this: We don’t need to look at our past or what is wrong with us all the time. We don’t need counselors or counseling. We only need to look to the cross. And yes, we must always look to the cross. Stepping into personal freedom, however, is not that simple for most Christians. Denial of your problems does not heal you, and what you do not deal with will eventually deal with you. Real freedom in Christ involves the process of facing reality and overcoming it with the truth of God’s Word, prayer, counseling and sound medical help.
Jesus said that knowing the truth makes us free. Whenever we believe a lie, then we have aligned that part of our life with Satan, who is the father of lies. That part of our life cannot reflect the blessing of God until we make an exchange with God’s truth, an exchange that always brings freedom. Too often, we do not know the lies that we believe. We might not even remember the circumstances that birthed those lies in the first place—that is, until the Holy Spirit reveals them.
Scriptures: ▫️John 8:32▫️Isaiah 10:27▫️Acts 10:38
#2 PUT AN AX TO THE ROOT;
When your life keeps reflecting negative cycles and patterns (e.g., chronic sickness, mental breakdowns, frequent anxiety and nervousness, nightmares and night terrors, etc.), there is something within that is contributing to these cycles. There is some kind of hidden emotional and spiritual root system that will keep bearing fruit until it is unearthed and uprooted through the truth of God’s Word and by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Some roots are easier to identify and resolve more than others. For example, a few years ago I noticed that I was avoiding someone because I was harboring offense in my heart against her. I had not fully forgiven the woman for the harm she had caused me and I held it against her subconsciously. There was a belief, an inner vow, within my heart that expected bad behavior from her. This belief, coupled with unforgiveness, was the root to the fruit of my avoidance and rejection of her.
Whenever we exhibit bad fruit, we are admonished to go on a finder’s mission to locate the root and discover how it got there. Armed with understanding, we can make a decision to engage in the process of repentance and thus begin the journey of laying an ax to it.
Scriptures: ▫️Matthew 3:10▫️Matthew 7:1–2▫️Ezekiel 36:26 ▫️Galatians 5:22–23▫️Ephesians 6:2–3
#3 FIND FREEDOM & HEALING THROUGH JESUS;
Have you ever slammed your car door on your finger or dropped something heavy on your foot? Ouch! Your first reaction might be a swift, involuntary facial contortion in response to the pain followed by some type of physical movement to try to move the pain out of your body part somehow. Most likely your hand or foot healed up within a few days of the incident, but the feeling of having a part of you smashed or crushed is what I want to focus on.
We experience a lot of hits just like this in life that bruise us internally and cause emotional pain for an hour or a day perhaps, but then it is over and we forget about it and move on. When something hits us that is extremely hard, exceedingly heavy and manages to overwhelm our entire system, it is like having a part of ourselves crushed from the inside out. You might be highly functional like I am, living an externally successful life, yet ignoring the trauma deep within you. That crushed part of you, however, can destroy all of you if you keep neglecting it and do not do something about it.
One of the consistent activities of the Lord throughout the Bible is to find and gather what has been scattered so He can bring it back together and make it whole again. He is compelled to find every fragment and piece, gather them and bring them back together whole—a basic human reaction when we encounter a jigsaw puzzle spread out in pieces across a table. You cannot help yourself but to search out the pieces and arrange them to fit their proper place.
God sees you whole, even if you are presently scattered in pieces. Just like our natural response to a jigsaw puzzle, He is compelled to find every crushed, fragmented and shattered piece of you and restore it to its proper place.
Scriptures: ▫️Luke 4:18▫️Psalm 34:18▫️Proverbs 15:4 ▫️Proverbs 15:13▫️Proverbs 18:14
#4 BREAK UNHOLY ALLIANCES;
Biblical repentance means to turn away from something and return to God. It also means to change your mind. To renounce something means to cast off, disown and refuse to further associate with it. If you, your family members or your ancestors have been in cults or involved in occult practices, you will need to pray in order to break free from these unholy alliances.
Here are some examples: astrology/horoscopes/fortune-telling; magic/sorcery/witchcraft; communicating with the dead (necromancy, Ouija boards/seances); and New Age (nature worship, transcendental meditation, yoga).
As you say the prayer of repentance and renunciation below, list to the best of your ability the specific practices, the specific cults, the names of demons, deities and people that you bound yourself to or your family bound themselves to. You might consider doing this with a mature Christian friend or Christian prayer counselor in case there is a manifestation that occurs with you personally or in your physical surroundings.
For example, those breaking free from satanism have experienced objects supernaturally moving around their home or in their environment in manifestation. Others, such as the author, have experienced demons not wanting to release their claim and the spiritual warfare associated with that. If this happens, you need to commit yourself to working it through, all the way through, until freedom manifests, because it belongs to you in His name.
Scriptures:▫️Luke 13:11▫️2 Timothy 1:7
#5 CULTIVATE MIRACLE-RECEIVING FAITH;
God will release the Holy Spirit’s gift of faith upon you to receive aspects of inner healing and deliverance. If you are going to understand the gift of faith, you first need to understand faith in general.
The first category of faith is saving faith. This is faith that leads us to salvation in Christ. The second is general faith, which every believer has. The third is the fruit of faith, or faithfulness, which is a fruit of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Those who have developed the fruit of faith will not quit their relationship with Jesus no matter what. And the lastcategory is the gift of faith. The gift of faith is one of the nine gifts of the Holy Spirit mentioned in 1 Corinthians 12:7–10 and is supernatural faith and not ordinary faith. This gift of faith opens your heart and mind to receive miracles.
Faith begins with God’s Word, which is likened to a seed being planted inside of our hearts (this is based on the parable of the sower in Mark 4:14). Faith is something that can grow, and it grows as we hear and rehearse God’s promises for our lives continually. Faith needs to be cultivated so that it knows God’s Word. Faith will also put you in position to receive God’s promises actualized in your life. When you cultivate your faith, you are helping to create conditions for the gift of faith to be activated.
With an active gift of faith, miraculous healing of the parts of you that have been shattered, fragmented and broken to pieces will begin.
Scriptures:▫️Ephesians 2:82▫️Romans 10:17 ▫️Romans 12:3▫️Hebrews 11:1–2
Prayer: Holy Spirit, I ask You to bring freedom to my heart and mind. Thank You for healing of the parts of me that have been shattered, fragmented and broken. Seal the healing words of this study to my heart and finish the good work You have begun in me. Give me miracle-receiving faith and the heart of a finisher as I continue my inner healing and deliverance journey unto completeness. In Jesus' name, Amen.
Biography: Jennifer Eivaz is a minister and international conference speaker with a heart to equip the church in the supernatural and for raising up passionate and effective prayer. She is a regular contributor to Charisma Online and The Elijah List, has been featured on several Christian television shows, hosts the popular podcast Take Ten With Jenn, and authored several bestselling books. Jennifer and her husband, Ron, co-pastor Harvest Church now meeting in three locations – two campuses in Turlock, California and one campus in Ripon, California – in addition to hosting a thriving online campus. They also have two wonderful children
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