Healing from Within – Part 2 – Switched Emotionally and Physically

Our body becomes switched in our balance, health and orientation when wounds from our past surface from our subconscious mind. For instance, our immune system may attack our healthy organs or allow viruses and bacteria to get the upper hand in our bodily functions.

 

Therefore, continual nurturing of our soul now – our thoughts, emotions and choices – will enable our health and well-being in the future. Each time we pay attention to our soul, we dissolve the negative electrical charges affecting us in spirit, soul and body.

 

This allows our healing, loving, present moment awareness to increase. It may improve over a period of time, or it may happen suddenly; but our awareness of and love for the real person inside of us will connect us to the love of Christ in us, and will set us free indeed (John 8:36).
Connecting to the Spirit of God within us facilitates this healing process. The love of God will pour over us like a waterfall, cleansing away the dross from our past. He helps us to forgive and to actually love those who wounded us in the past.

 

God always uses our trauma to give us a gift: more mercy and grace and compassion, determination and perseverance, agape love for others, the ability to see events from another person’s perspective, the seed for a miracle in every trial, etc.

 

We enjoy life more and are able to help others find healing for their wounds. We help them to nurture their soul and to find healing from Christ within them.

 

The ultimate gift we receive from our healing is more freedom in Christ Jesus. He shows us the world as it is, and we see and accept our self as we truly are – validating our worth as an individual and as a member of the Body of Christ, as a King’s kid and as part of the future Bride of Christ.

 

Prayer:

Father God, in this world we will have tribulation and distress. Yet, Paul and Jesus both accessed Your Spirit within them in order to find joy in their negative circumstances. Teach us to discover who we are in Christ, so that we can embrace the unique person that You created us to be. We do not need to fit into any mold the world dictates to us; but we can learn to follow Your Spirit for each moment of our day.

 

You help us to decrease so that You can increase within us. You teach us to pay attention to our needs: physical, emotional, relational, financial and spiritual; and not to expect other people to meet those needs for us. You are perfectly willing to meet our needs and to guide us to people, places, events, ministries and even pets to meet those needs in us. Help us to trust in and to rely only on You through all the days of our life.

 

Thought for the Day:

Taking down the masks, which we hide behind, and living as Christ prompts us to live, brings freedom to our soul; we can ask for what we need, set protective emotional and physical boundaries with toxic people, stand firm in our beliefs and convictions, wear modest clothing and accessories that highlight our personality, eat food that brings healing to our body, express our opinions in loving and patient ways, and to give our self the freedom of expression, which Christ died on Calvary to provide for us.

 

God is the Lord

God is the Lord and He does not change (Malachi 3:6). He is the same yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He is not fickle; He does not waffle; and He is steady, true and totally righteous (Psalm 145:17).

 

God is love (1 John 4:8); but He is also just (Deuteronomy 32:4; Job 34:12; Hebrew 6:10). He shows mercy and compassion, but He demands that we live holy lives (1 Peter 1:16).

 

He is not a permissive parent and He does not accept our worship in alternative forms. He does not give us many roads to heaven, but only one – salvation through Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12).

 

Why would Jesus suffer that horrendous torture and death if it was not necessary? In fact, in the garden prior to the crucifixion, He prayed that if there was any other way for us to find salvation, that He be spared the cup of God’s wrath.

 

Yet, He also prayed, “Not my will, but Yours be done.” Jesus was a submissive sacrificial Lamb up to the last breath of life that He took. It is glorious to read that God shortened His time of suffering on the cross, and God does the same thing for us.

 

Our trials are shortened due to God’s compassion, mercy and grace. He allows patience to perfect us (James 1:4), and He calls on us to trust only in Him for our deliverance. He is our only wise God and we give Him all the praise and honor due to His name (Romans 16:27).

 

Prayer:

Father God, You are the Ancient of Days (Daniel 7:13-14). Jesus sits beside Your throne and He will judge the inhabitants of the earth from Adam to the last survivor when He opens Your books (Daniel 7:9-10). Non-believers will be judged for their unbelief and the debt of sin they owe (John 3:18); believers for our rewards according to our works for Your Kingdom (Revelation 22:12).

 

Thank You for sending Jesus to pay the sin debt for all of us who believe (John 3:16-17). This free gift is certainly not deserved by us, but Your generous love pours His sacrifice out as an offering to atone for our unholy deeds. We look forward to His coming in the clouds for all of His Saints (Rev 1:7; Mark 14:62)

 

Thought for the Day:

In the presence of the Ancient of Day, Jesus will be given dominion, glory and God’s Kingdom, so that all people, nations and tribes of every language will worship Him in Spirit and in Truth; this Kingdom is everlasting and will never be destroyed, and He chose His Saints to rule and reign in it with Him forever. – Daniel 7:13-14
 

Our Supreme Being

God made the earth and cosmos by His great power. He established the universe by His supernatural wisdom. He stretched out all of creation just as He pleased.

 

When God whispers, He can cause the dew and humidity to rise from the earth to the heavens; and then He sends them as the rain on the entire earth.

 

He adds lightning to the rain, brings wind out His treasuries and shakes the earth with great peals of thunder. He commands the universe, the weather and our life according to His good pleasure (Jeremiah 10:6-14; 51:15-16).

 

One cannot help but believe there is a Supreme Being when we consider the precision in the universe (Romans 1:20). Once we read the Bible and notice the accuracy in which prophecy is fulfilled – most of it that could never have a self-fulfilling tendency to it – we know without a doubt that God rules supreme (Psalm 19:1-4).

 

Jesus in all of His wisdom existed before the world was ever formed. Before the fountains of water burst forth, before the mountains and hills were established, before the fields, the lilies in the fields and the dust of the earth covered the ground Jesus resided in the glories of heaven.

 

As the Master Craftsman, Jesus gave the seas their boundaries and they do not go against His commands. He delights in His creation daily, rejoices in the inhabited world and takes pleasure in the sons of men (Proverbs 8:22-31).

 

Once Jesus takes up His throne on the earth, all the ends of the earth, and every family and nation shall worship before Him (Psalm 22:27). The earth, heavens and fullness of the world are His (Psalm 89:11)

 

Prayer:

Father God, the earth and all of its fullness belong to You. We see Your glory and exalt You (Psalm 24:1; 90:2; 97:1-4 and 6-9). The earth honors You and we all stand in awe of You (Psalm 33:8). Everyone sees Your salvation at one time or another in their life (Psalm 98:3-4, 7-9; Psalm 104). Yet, some people will harden their heart against You (Job 9:4-12).

 

All of creation sees Your glory and testifies of the beauty of Your handiwork and holiness and the majesty of Your thunderous voice. We do well to stand still and give our attention to Your marvelous works all around us (Job 12:7-10; 26:7-14; 37:2-22; Chapters 38-39). Then, we will spend our days singing praises to Your holy and majestic name.

 

Thought for the Day:

From one drop of blood, God made all of the nationalities on the earth; and He already arranged our pre-appointed times and the boundaries of our life, according to His Supreme will. – Acts 17:24-28; Isaiah 45:5-6, 12-23

 

A Good Marriage – Love and Appreciation – Part 2

At times we devalue our mate by thinking they are incapable of understanding the issues we face as a family. We tend to over-ride their opinion, minimize their concerns, and treat them as weak-willed and weak-minded at best.

 

We exclude them from any discussion about the topic at hand, fail to appreciate the Christ in them, and belittle their attempt to contribute to both the conversation and the decision process. We simply inform them about how we will move forward with the changes we think are necessary.

 

Taking one another for granted is also a death toll for any relationship. Does he/she go to work every day and bring home a steady paycheck? Does your mate recklessly spend your income? The balance is to discuss together how, and if, each purchase over a prearranged amount will be mutually beneficial?

 

Often our sense of accomplishment in life is greatly dependent on our spouse’s attitude toward us. Give one another compliments every day. Some people are more fragile and dependent than others and need positive feedback often.

 

Showing appreciation for our spouse’s least little effort to meet our needs, and to help us as we requested or when they voluntarily do things on our behalf, will go a long way in spurring on more attempts by them to be a blessing to us.

 

Are your drawers and closets continually full of clean clothes? Elves do not come in during the night to make that happen. A hard working mate is attempting to anticipate your needs and to keep everything that you can possibly need stocked ahead of time.

 

There is something to be said about keeping our promises to one another too, and not continually procrastinating our efforts to help one another and to meet each other’s needs.

 

Show interest by listening, frequently participate in the same activities, watch TV together when possible – rather than in separate rooms, and shower one another with cherishing love and appreciation.

 

Prayer:

Father God, remind us that comparing our spouse to other men or women will erode our confidence in our ability to please each other. We all want to be the best we can be, and we need to be thought of as special and set apart in our unique marriage relationship. We find this Agape love in our relationship with You, and we can foster it as spouses as well.

 

Remind us that we can validate one another by refusing to compare each other with other people, by speaking respectfully to one another, by continually complimenting each other and for making time to snuggle, date and share hobbies, and by making decisions together with prayer and deliberation from both of us.

 

Thought for the Day:

Valuing our relationship helps us to appreciate our partner as we compliment him/her for what we are thankful for on a daily basis, as well as making sure that we express this appreciation daily, so he/she will feel valued and affirmed.

 

 

A Good Marriage – Loved and Cherished – Part 1

Marriage is a covenant between two different and unique people that should never be questioned or dissolved. It is a sacred vow before God to be united for life.

 

There is nothing in a marriage that cannot be resolved if both parties of the couple are humble enough to be flexible, to forgive slights – no matter how huge or earth shattering they are – and to lay down our life for one another.

 

If the circumstances are unbearable, a period of separation for the purpose of reconciliation is much better than getting a divorce. We cannot “move on with life”, but we can trust God to bring about a resolution in His perfect way and timing.

 

If our spouse is abusive, we can get a new phone number, and have a friend read his/her mail before we do, if we fear it is abusive. We can change jobs if necessary, and alert our friends to keep our business private. We do not need to live with abuse.

 

However, divorce is a blight on society and a lifelong wound on our life that never heals. It impacts the children of divorced parents and weakens their resolve to continue in their own marriage and to work out issues with compromise and preferring one another.

 

Cherishing one another is the greatest guarantee against divorce. To cherish means to look at one another with affection and loving consideration; we consistently show love beyond measure; adore one another; dote on each other and cherish one another from deep in our heart.

 

Rather than competing with one another, or expecting our mate to function outside of their calling and provision from God, we can discover our mate’s gifts and talents and depend on them for these traits.

 

We can hire a mechanic or handyman, if our mate is not gifted in that area, or engage a housekeeper or share the chores if our wife works too many hours to keep our home to the standard that we like it.

 

Communicating honestly and brainstorming together to find alternative methods, thinking and behavior is a healthy habit, which prevents bitterness from tearing apart our commitment to one another.

 

If both members of the couple are humble enough to make the effort to change our behavior, as well as to communicate more honestly with each other, then a Pastor, a successfully married older couple, or a counselor may help to improve our communication with one another.

 

We all bask in the Sonshine of a heart-felt compliment. Making each other feel loved and cherished is the best gift we could ever give to one another, to our family and to our children’s future mates.

 

Prayer:

Father God, we have a choice each day to build up or to tear down our relationship with one another. Help us to make it our goal to act loving, to quickly forgive slights, and to readily and patiently bear with one another’s fears and foibles. Remind us not to withhold love or approval, so that we do not compound one another’s self-doubt.

 

Give us Your wisdom to stop enabling one another’s insecurities. Help us to help each other to overcome the lies Satan planted in our heart during our childhood. Help us to help one another to feel unconditionally loved and cherished, not only by You, but by each other as well.

 

Thought for the Day:

We can prevent jealousy and insecurity in our relationship by speaking honestly about what we did with our day, who we were talking to on the phone and why we said or did something with another person in a particular manner that may have appeared as flirting or inappropriate for a married person.

 

God Restores Our Wounded Heart

Do you ever feel like you are drowning in the circumstances of life? They overpower us and drag us down in the pit of despair. My best recourse during times like these is to praise God for who He is, regardless of what I do not see Him doing in my life at the moment.

He has His plans for us and His perfect timing. He often allows trials to drag on and on and cause us discomfort, financial loss, relational discouragement and mental and physical exhaustion.

We struggle with melancholy emotions and fight against bitterness and anger. God always rescues us out of the deep waters of trials, because He delights in us (Psalm 18:16-19).

He may take a while to deliver us, in order to build our faith so that we trust in Him alone, and that we do not rely on our human understanding or resources.

During this time, God also helps us to rise above the “grouchies” and the “mulligrubs”, and to be pleasant to our family and everyone He brings our way, even if we do not feel like it.

One aspect we encounter during tough times is Satan’s lies, which he plants in our soul all of our life. We believe these lies, and allow them to cripple us with depression and despair.

Satan’s lies may even cause us to doubt God’s love, His sincerity in keeping His Word to protect us as our Heavenly Daddy, and that He cares about us enough to allow negative circumstances to come against us.

We may revert to a life of sin and addiction in order to escape the pain we feel – temporary though this carnal reprieve may be. We prolong our agony and suffering by turning away from God to the world, the flesh and the devil.

Instead, we can read God’s Word, which He will use to encourage us through the hard times. He will use it to restore our wounded heart and fill us with His peace and joy.

Prayer:

Father God, we often struggle with the horrific pain of life on this sin-cursed earth. We forget that it takes faith to embrace Your authority over our life, and to reach out to You in our times of need. Help us to continually pursue Your Agape love, regardless of how we feel or what we are going through.

Remind us that others will treat us as we allow them to relate to us, and that we do not have to believe the lies which Satan prompts others to tell us. We often allow them to heap blame on us for what is not our fault, and they control us through their behavior and attitude toward us. Help us to believe the Truth of Your Word and to reject the lies that Satan uses others to hurl at us.

Thought for the Day:

No one can make us feel worthless, because Christ died to show us that we are valuable to Him, His Kingdom and eternity; He reached down from Heaven and chose us before the creation of the world so that He can love us with His everlasting love.