Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.
Philippians 4:8 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Philippians 4:4-8
The things we meditate on, or think about, can determine the length of time that it takes to receive healing for our broken hearts. The more we think about lovely and praiseworthy things, the harder it will be for the enemy, the devil, to lead us into depression. It is very difficult to be depressed if we meditate on God’s goodness!
There are many lovely and praiseworthy things in our lives that we can think about. Just the fact that we can breathe is a blessing for which we can praise our Most High God. The miracle of salvation through faith in Jesus’ sacrifice for us is the most amazing, praiseworthy gift. We have so much for which to be thankful and to praise the Lord. Ask Him to show you things on a daily basis that are worthy of praising Him. He will show you. We just have to see things from God’s perspective.
It is a choice. We can either think about unlovely, painful things, or we can glorify God by praising Him for the good things in our lives. However, the Lord does not want us to be in denial about the pain and trauma we have experienced. Denial never changes our circumstances. The pain and trauma are real and have negative, and sometimes devastating, effects on us. Nevertheless, focusing our thoughts on praiseworthy things will help heal our hearts and spirits!
Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Nehemiah 8:10 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Nehemiah 8:9-12
Joy means happiness, pleasure, bliss, and ecstasy to the world. Since most followers of Jesus have come from a worldly background, it is easy to confuse the joy of the Lord with those emotions. However, the joy that comes from knowing the Lord and following Him is far beyond fleeting feelings of happiness. It is a sense of peace and contentment in knowing that one day we will be with our Most High God and the Lord Jesus forever.
If the enemy, Satan, can steal our joy, he has won half the battle. The devil loves to lead believers into a state of anxiety, fear, or worry. That is one of the ways he gets our focus off the joy of the Lord. If our hearts are broken, we are more likely to succumb to his tactics. One reason it is so important for us to cling to the joy of the Lord in spite of our situation is that it gives us strength against the enemy.
When our hearts are broken, we must stand up against what the devil has done in our lives by embracing the joy of the Lord. If we allow the pain we have experienced to determine our outlooks on life, the enemy will be victorious and we will be miserable. However, as we rejoice in what Jesus did for us, we will be blessed and our hearts and spirits will be strengthened. The joy of the Lord is our strength!
He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
Will remain secure and rest in the shadow of the Almighty [whose power no enemy can withstand].
Psalm 91:1 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Psalm 91:1-4
What does it mean to dwell in the shelter of the Most High? It means to cling constantly to our Most High God regardless of the circumstances in our lives. To dwell means to reside, live, stay, abide, or inhabit. Too often, we can find ourselves distracted by the pain and trauma we are carrying, and we forget that abiding in the shelter of our Most High God will help heal and strengthen us.
Rest is so important during the healing process whether we are healing from physical, emotional, or spiritual trauma. We are the most vulnerable when we are tired and worn out. Our enemy, Satan, will always try to harass us when we are in weakened states. Therefore, we must take time away from daily routines to rest in the presence of the Lord. There is no substitute for being with our Abba, Father God. His peace and joy are a miraculous healing balm. The security of being with Almighty God is a weapon of spiritual warfare that no enemy can withstand!
God’s heart must be devastated when one of His children is in pain and brokenhearted. He wants to help us, but we have to go to Him to receive His loving care. Nothing in this world can restore our hearts and spirits like spending time with our heavenly Father. Abiding in His presence also helps to protect us from the enemy who cannot withstand the awesome power of our Most High God. We must make time with God a priority!
This is the [remarkable degree of] confidence which we [as believers are entitled to] have before Him: that if we ask anything according to His will, [that is, consistent with His plan and purpose] He hears us.
1 John 5:14 (AMP)
Suggested reading: 1 John 5:14-15
As followers of Jesus Christ, it is crucial that we pray according to the will of our Most High God! We should never pray to try to manipulate God into doing what we want Him to do for our will to be accomplished. God knows what is best for every situation and we must trust Him by praying for His will. Jesus even prayed for the Father’s will, not His, to be done when He was praying in the garden before His arrest. We must follow Jesus’ example.
Believers often pray things that are not God’s will—usually out of ignorance or desperation. They may ask God to interfere with someone’s free will to bring an outcome that they desire. God gave us our free wills and wants us to choose to do His will because we love Him, not because we are forced to do so. Manipulating a person’s free will is not something that the One True God would ever do. That is witchcraft and what the devil tries to do to us.
The safest way to pray about anything is to ask God for His will to be done. To know God’s will, we must know His character and instructions to us by reading His Word. If we are ever in doubt, we can always ask the Lord to show us His will regarding specific circumstances. However, asking the Lord to heal our broken hearts and to show us how we need to participate in the healing process is definitely consistent with His plan and purpose. Without healed hearts, we cannot effectively fulfill our God-given destinies.
For the high and exalted One
He who inhabits eternity, Whose name is Holy says this,
“I dwell on the high and holy place,
But also with the contrite and humble in spirit
In order to revive the spirit of the humble
And to revive the heart of the contrite [overcome with sorrow for sin].
Isaiah 57:15 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Isaiah 57:15-21
The Most High God dwells with the contrite and humble in spirit. None of us can claim to be perfect and without sin. God knows every action we have taken and every thought we have considered. There is no sin hidden from the One True God. If we desire that God be with us, we must be humble and overcome with sorrow for our sins.
When we sin, we not only hurt ourselves and often other people, but we hurt the Lord. Sin causes us to be separated from God and it negatively affects our hearts and spirits. If we are sincere followers of Jesus Christ, we cannot sin without feeling sorrow. Sin should break our hearts! God will not bless our sinful behavior, but He has blessed us by giving us the opportunity to repent for our sins. We must humble ourselves, confess our sins to Almighty God and ask Him to forgive us in Jesus’ name. Then, we must choose not to repeat those sins in the future.
Emotionally and/or spiritually painful and traumatic circumstances also cause severe wounds in our hearts and spirits. Regardless of what caused our spirits and hearts to be wounded and broken, our Heavenly Father will revive them if we will humble ourselves before Him. Reviving broken hearts and spirits is one reason Jesus came to this earth. Pursuing godly, inner healing will help to restore joy and peace in our hearts and spirits!
Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:27 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: John 14:25-29
Peace. It seems like such a difficult thing to obtain, especially if we are brokenhearted. Jesus knew that the disciples were not at peace, facing the reality that Jesus would not be with them much longer. Their hearts must have been breaking. They were surely afraid of what would happen to them without Jesus around. Jesus knew that. He knows the pain and fear in our hearts as well.
When we go through times in our lives that cause pain in our hearts and spirits, we must cling to Jesus and His promises stronger than ever. The emotional and spiritual pain that we experience is real and can even lead to physical problems. Therefore, in the midst of our trials, we should think about what Jesus said and ask Him to fill us with His peace. That can seem impossible when something or someone has broken our hearts into a million pieces. However, it is possible, or Jesus would not have said it.
Jesus also told the disciples not to let their hearts be troubled and not to let their hearts be afraid. Experiencing fear is common when we go through a painful and traumatic situation. As soon as possible, we must ask Jesus to begin releasing the pain and trauma from our hearts and spirits. As Jesus releases the emotional and spiritual pain, the fear will leave as well. We must give Him the time needed to heal our broken hearts. Inner healing usually takes a significant amount of time. Keeping our eyes on Jesus during the healing process will allow us to receive His promised peace.
O sing to the Lord a new song;
Sing to the Lord, all the earth!
Psalm 96:1 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Psalm 96:1-6
There is so much for which we can praise and thank the Lord, but many times we get into the habit of forgetting all the Lord has done for us and we focus on the pain and trauma in our lives instead. It is not easy to praise the Lord when our hearts are broken. It may even seem phony to others if we praise the Lord in the midst of our trials and trauma. However, it is exactly what we need to do. Our circumstances do not change the endless love that the Most High God has for us. That alone gives us reason to sing to the Lord.
This psalm reminds us that the Lord is great and greatly to be praised. He made the heavens and the earth. He loves us in spite of our weaknesses and tendencies to forget how wonderful He has been to us. He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to die in our place and He raised Him from the dead so that—if we accept Jesus as our personal Lord and Savior—we could live with Him in heaven for eternity. That alone should fill us with the desire to sing a new song to the Lord even if nothing else in our lives ever gave us a basis to praise and thank our Heavenly Father.
If our song has become one of complaining or questioning God about why something happened, we should change our thinking and attitudes and remember the amazing ways He has already blessed us. Healing for our broken hearts is made easier if we will stay focused on the goodness of the Lord as much as possible. Sing to the Lord a new song!