Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For His name alone is exalted;
His glory is above the earth and heaven.
Psalm 148:13 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Psalm 148:11-13
All people—kings, princes, judges, men, women, and children—are instructed to praise the name of the Lord! He is worthy of our praise regardless of our circumstances. His glory and majesty are not dependent on any painful or traumatic situation that may come our way.
As we praise the Lord, our spirits are strengthened. That in turn helps us to weather the storms of life. It also annoys the enemy when, in spite of his attacks, we continue to praise the Lord. Praising the Lord must become second nature for us if we expect our broken hearts to be healed. It redirects our focus off ourselves and onto the Most High God who created us and all things.
The Lord’s glory is above the earth and heaven! He is Almighty God! Jesus said that all things are possible with God (Matthew 19:26). Why would we not want to praise Him? The kingdom of darkness is so far below God’s glory and power that even the demons tremble (James 2:19). We have every reason to praise the Lord regardless of what the devil, or his army of evil beings, is doing, or is planning to do in our lives, or in the world around us. Praising the Lord is one of the things we can do to help us on the path to healing and freedom. Every breath we take is reason alone to praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
Jesus answered them, “Do you now believe?”
John 16:31 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: John 16:25-31
Jesus’ disciples saw Him perform many miracles and yet this passage of Scripture indicates that they needed Him to answer their questions to their satisfaction in order for them to really believe that He was sent from God. Believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God based on revelation from the Holy Spirit and the testimony of Jesus’ life, death and resurrection is faith that honors the Lord. We are blessed to have God’s Word that makes the truth of Jesus’ existence and mission very clear.
Jesus Christ came to set us free from our sins and to heal our broken hearts. If we believe that, we can receive freedom and healing through the blood of Jesus Christ that was shed for all of us. Believing is essential to receiving healing from pain and trauma. We will only receive to the extent that we believe. If we deny the Lord, we cannot receive His blessings.
“Do you now believe?” was Jesus’ question to His disciples. It is also His question to us. In order to pursue godly healing for our broken hearts, we must first believe that Jesus Christ was sent to save and heal us. Accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior is the first step to true freedom and the inner healing we need in our hearts and spirits. The joy, peace, and love of the Lord is waiting to replace our emotional and spiritual pain and trauma!
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 Christ, we can exercise our authority over those evil spirits and command them to leave us if we are followers of Jesus Christ.
However, our Most High God created us with many emotions. The emotion of fear helps to keep us safe during times of danger. When we react in fear to a dangerous situation, we are responding in a godly and healthy way. 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!
“The Son of Man is to go [to the cross], just as it is written [in Scripture] of Him; but woe (judgment is coming) to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had never been born.”
Matthew 26:24 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Matthew 26:17-25
One of the most difficult types of trauma from which to recover is the result of being betrayed by a friend or loved one. Once trust is broken due to betrayal, it is not easy to restore that trust. Although He knew it had to happen, Jesus suffered a broken heart when Judas, one of His disciples and friends, betrayed Him. Jesus was deeply wounded by Judas’ betrayal.
Betrayal always causes our hearts to be broken. Those who betray us are people who are the closest to us. Some may pursue friendship with us only as a pretense to further their own goals. Then they will do ungodly things to us if it benefits them to do so. In Judas’ case, he received thirty pieces of silver to betray Jesus.
Jesus Christ, the Son of God, said that it would be good if the person who was going to betray Him had never been born. He knew that Judas was going to betray Him, but He still felt the horrible pain of that betrayal. Jesus understands the intense emotional pain we suffer in our hearts from being betrayed, and He also has the answer for that pain—His amazing love and peace. We must allow Jesus to do whatever is necessary for us to receive inner emotional and spiritual healing from betrayal. Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted!
‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish.’
Jeremiah 33:3 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Jeremiah 33:1-3
Jeremiah heard the Lord say this to him while he was still confined in the court of the guard. When we are brokenhearted, we are restricted by an inner prison of emotional and spiritual pain and trauma. During the worst times in our lives, it is crucial that we call to God and pray for His peace, love, and joy to fill our wounded hearts and spirits.
Almighty God will answer us if we are truly following His Son, Jesus Christ. He will show us His will and directions, but we must ask Him. There must also be no blockages between us and Him, such as hidden sin in our lives. Confessing known sin to God and asking Him for forgiveness in Jesus’ name—based on the blood Jesus shed for us—restores our relationship with the Lord and makes it easier to hear His answers.
Freedom from emotional pain that may be hidden in our hearts is absolutely possible with Jesus’ help. If we ask Him, Jesus will reveal things that we do not understand that are affecting our behavior. Jesus will show us areas of pain and trauma that we did not even realize were causing our hearts to respond in ungodly ways. Calling on God to show us what He wants us to know is the first step to receiving true emotional and spiritual healing!
“O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.”
2 Chronicles 20:12 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: 2 Chronicles 20:12-15
When our hearts are broken as the result of traumatic situations in our lives, we must keep our eyes on the Lord! The enemy will try to encourage us to focus on the terrible circumstances and distract us from the One True God who can and will help us in the midst of our trouble. We know that Satan’s plans are only to kill, steal and destroy. However, the Lord has only good in His plans for us.
We are truly powerless to fight against things that come against us at times. They may be totally out of our control. When we have done all we can do—and sometimes that means praying for God’s help—then God will do what we cannot do. We must remember that the battle we face against the kingdom of darkness is ultimately God’s. If we think that we can fight it on our own, we will be defeated every time.
Keeping our eyes on our Most High God is essential in the healing process. Broken hearts can be healed and the pain they carry can be released, but the Lord must be our focus, regardless of how difficult the process may become. He knows our needs better than we do and He has specific answers and plans for us to receive freedom. As long as we keep our eyes on Almighty God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, we will see victory over the enemy!
The [reverent] fear and worshipful awe of the Lord includes the hatred of evil;
Pride and arrogance and the evil way,
And the perverted mouth, I hate.
Proverbs 8:13 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Proverbs 8:10-14
Being a follower of Jesus Christ not only involves loving Him, Almighty God and the Holy Spirit, but it also includes the hatred of evil. It is not enough to love, and it is not godly wisdom to accept things that are opposed to God’s Word in the name of loving everyone. God showed us by His example that there are times when hate is appropriate. He instructs us in His Word to hate the things that He hates.
The Lord gave us examples in this verse of things He hates—pride, arrogance, the evil way, and the perverted mouth. We understand what pride and arrogance look like, and we normally recognize evil ways. Murder, adultery, stealing, lying and deception are all evil ways. The perverted mouth is translated as duplicitous speech in the Complete Jewish Bible. Duplicitous speech is defined as deceitfulness in speech by speaking in two different ways to different people concerning the same matter. This verse says that God hates that kind of speech.
God’s Word is very clear. We are supposed to hate the things that our Most High God hates. When someone says that it is not godly to hate something, they are absolutely wrong and pouring guilt and condemnation on us. That can cause pain in our hearts and spirits. The answer for the emotional and spiritual pain and trauma that we have experienced is the love and peace available from Almighty God through Jesus Christ. However, to receive true freedom, we must not practice the things God hates.