… in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,
Titus 1:2 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Titus 1:1-4
Our Most High God promised us eternal life. However, that promise depends on our choices and cooperation with God’s will for us. If we accept the gift of forgiveness and salvation that God has offered us through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus, and submit ourselves to Jesus as our Lord, this promise will be fulfilled for us. However, if we do not surrender our wills to God, we cannot receive His promises.
Our hearts and spirits can be seriously wounded when we go through emotionally or spiritually painful and traumatic events. God has promised to heal our broken hearts, but we must do what He requires for that promise to be fulfilled. Obeying God is not optional if we desire to be healed and set free from the effects of pain and trauma, or any other type of bondage that the enemy, Satan, has brought into our lives.
God cannot lie, but many of God’s promises are conditional on our cooperation. We cannot continue to commit known sin and expect to receive God’s promises and our needed healing and freedom. Our loving God has many amazing promises in His Word that we can receive if we will trust and obey Him. One of those promises is healing and freedom from emotional and spiritual pain and trauma. God sent Jesus Christ to heal the brokenhearted, but that can only happen in our lives if we follow Jesus and live our lives according to the will of His Father.
Whenever I am afraid,
I will trust in You.
Psalm 56:3 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Psalm 56:1-4
The Bible says that God has not given us a spirit of fear (2 Timothy 2:7). However, the kingdom of darkness sends demonic spirits of fear our way to oppress and torment us as part of spiritual warfare. Through the blood of Jesus, we can exercise our authority over those evil spirits and command them to leave us in Jesus’ name if we are sincere followers of Jesus Christ.
The Bible also states that we are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14). When our Most High God brought us into existence, He created us with the ability to experience many emotions. The emotion of fear helps to keep us safe during times of danger. When we react in fear to dangerous situations, we are responding in godly and healthy ways. It would be ridiculous not to be afraid if a tornado was coming in our direction. There is a time and place to feel godly fear, but dangerous events can also cause trauma to our minds, hearts and spirits.
As the above verse states, when we are afraid, we must trust in Almighty God. He is our Defender and Protector! Accepting His Son, Jesus Christ, as our Lord and Savior—and obeying our Most High God—provide us with the blessing of God’s protection. Trusting Him during painful and traumatic times helps relieve the fear that accompanies those situations. Knowing that our Most High God is still on His throne and that nothing takes Him by surprise brings comfort and helps to calm our fears. It is also essential to trust God in order for us to receive healing for our broken hearts!
Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
Hebrews 13:15 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Hebrews 13:12-15
It is only because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ for us that we can offer the sacrifice of praise to God. Without the horrific death that Jesus suffered and His resurrection, we would have no hope of forgiveness and salvation. The remarkable gift that the One True God has offered to all who will sincerely accept and follow His Son, Jesus Christ, is more than enough reason for us to thank and praise God!
God is so loving and gracious to us that He did not stop blessing us with the tremendous mercy He bestowed on us through Jesus’ sacrifice. Our Heavenly Father gives us more than we can even ask or imagine throughout our lives. He deserves our continual thanks and praise. Thanking and praising God out loud, helps heal our hearts, minds and spirits as well. It keeps us focused on what is really important in life.
It is very difficult to be angry, bitter, resentful, or negative about things if we are obeying God’s Word and continually offering this sacrifice of praise to God. It is certainly a sacrifice to do so when we don’t feel like thanking or praising Him, because we are in emotional or spiritual pain. However, we will benefit greatly if we make this a consistent practice in our lives. If we desire healing for our broken hearts, the process includes focusing on all that the Lord has done for us—continually thanking Him and praising Him!
You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You—in both inclination and character],
Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].
Isaiah 26:3 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Isaiah 26:3-4
Perfect and constant peace—what an amazing way that would be to live! Isaiah wrote that it is possible if we are focused on God and trust Him. However, many circumstances in our lives distract our thinking away from the Lord God and the peace we so desire. We can find peace in spite of the pain and trauma that the world brings our way by focusing our thoughts on the Most High God and His goodness.
The word mind in this verse could also be translated creative imagination. God created us with imaginations that can show us images in our minds of beautiful, faraway places. Our imaginations can also be the places where unnecessary worry and ungodly fear begin and increase if we do not intentionally direct our thoughts away from painful situations. What we think about determines our attitudes and peace of mind.
Our imaginations and our thoughts can lead to anxiety, worry, depression, or despair, or to the peace that the Lord has promised if we trust in Him. When our hearts are broken, we must continue to hope in Almighty God. Otherwise, the devil will have an opportunity to speak his lies into our imaginations and cause us additional emotional and spiritual pain. Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted, but the enemy tries to convince people that is not true. Satan wants us to believe that our situations are hopeless. Our Most High God has instructed us to trust Him and focus our thoughts on the hope of peace and freedom through His Son, Jesus!
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty [emancipation from bondage, true freedom].
2 Corinthians 3:17 (AMP)
Suggested reading: 2 Corinthians 3:11-17
Liberty—true freedom—is only possible through the Spirit of the Lord. It is not a result of following false gods, whether they are associated with another religion, materialism, climbing the corporate ladder, pleasing people, substance abuse, or anything other than the One True God. He is the only way to liberty!
When our hearts are broken, it can feel like we will never be able to recover from the emotional and spiritual pain. However, Jesus Christ came to set the captives free and heal the brokenhearted! A relationship with Jesus opens the door to genuine freedom from pain and trauma. He alone can release emotional and spiritual pain from our hearts and spirits. We must turn to Jesus and ask Him to apply His supernatural healing.
The Spirit of the Lord knows us better than we know ourselves. The healing we need is available through Him. We must open our hearts and spirits to the Lord to receive His healing. That is the only way to experience liberty, regardless of our ages, locations, or circumstances. Spending time in God’s presence—where the Spirit of the Lord is—produces healing and true freedom from emotional and spiritual pain and trauma.
And when he came to the den, he cried out with a lamenting voice to Daniel. The king spoke, saying to Daniel, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to deliver you from the lions?”
Daniel 6:20 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Daniel 6:20-27
Daniel was a man of unwavering prayer. Even the king knew that Daniel was a servant of the Living God. When the king had Daniel thrown into the den of lions, he hoped that Daniel’s God would deliver him from a horrible death. Our Most High God calmed the lions and kept them from attacking Daniel to save his life. He is also able to deliver us from emotional and spiritual pain and trauma. The Living God can heal broken hearts!
The Bible is full of testimonies of deliverance from terrible situations in people’s lives. Daniel’s protection as he was surrounded by hungry lions is just one example. We must remember that all things are possible with God. If it is His perfect will to prevent traumatic situations from happening in our lives, He will prevent them. However, if it is God’s perfect will to use traumatic circumstances to help us grow stronger in Him, He will cause what the enemy meant for evil to produce good in our lives.
We must be like Daniel and have faith that God’s power can overcome the hunger of lions and is much greater than the enemy’s plans to destroy us. As the king proclaimed after Daniel was found unharmed, “…the God of Daniel… delivers and rescues, and He works signs and wonders in heaven and on earth.” The Living God is the same today as He was in Daniel’s days. He is able to heal our broken hearts if we will let Him.
And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers; and the guards before the door were keeping the prison.
Acts 12:6 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Acts 12:5-11
Peter was sleeping while he was in prison, bound with two chains! That is a remarkable example of his trust in the Lord God. Having that kind of peace in the midst of terrible circumstances is something that increases as we experience the Lord’s provision and deliverance in our lives. It does not come to us naturally or easily, but the ability to trust our Most High God regardless of our situations is developed in the trials and trauma we experience.
Herod most likely planned to stop Peter from spreading the truth about Jesus, the Son of God, as he had stopped James by killing him. However, just as Herod was about to bring Peter out to face a phony trial, an angel of the Lord appeared to rescue Peter. As Peter slept and rested in the Lord, the answer to his friends’ prayers was being manifested in the spiritual and natural realms. What a miraculous testimony!
We, too, must develop the ability—with the Lord’s supernatural help—to rest in spite of what appears to be impending disaster. That is the evidence of strong faith and trust in the Lord that is developed over time. As we experience more of God’s faithfulness, our hearts can and will be healed from past emotional and spiritual pain. The Healer God sent to give us hope and to heal our broken hearts is Jesus Christ. Placing our trust in Him is the beginning of inner healing and freedom!