So we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are unseen; for the things which are visible are temporal [just brief and fleeting], but the things which are invisible are everlasting and imperishable.
2 Corinthians 4:18 (AMP)
Suggested reading: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
This too shall pass is a phrase that we should keep in mind as we are going through trials! The things of this life that we can see are only temporary. Nothing in the natural realm will last forever. The circumstances that cause our hearts to be broken are only momentary in light of eternity. This fact does not reduce the pain in our hearts and spirits, but it can help us to focus on the day when we will no longer experience pain.
The spiritual realm is more real than anything we can see! Almighty God, angels, demons, the devil and spiritual warfare are very real. Just because we cannot see them does not mean that they do not exist. We cannot see many things that exist in the natural realm, such as things in outer space beyond the capability of current technology. We must believe God’s Word and accept the reality that spiritual, invisible things exist and are everlasting!
Paul wrote this to the Corinthian believers to encourage them that their trials and troubles would not last forever. He knew about going through pain and trauma, and he was telling them not to be afraid, disappointed or discouraged by what they saw in the natural realm. Paul’s focus was—and ours should be—on eternity and God’s glory. The inner healing of our hearts and spirits will more easily be accomplished if we direct our attention on spiritual realities!
For from days of old no one has heard, nor has ear perceived,
Nor has the eye seen a God besides You,
Who works and acts in behalf of the one who [gladly] waits for Him.
Isaiah 64:4 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Isaiah 64:1-5
Our Most High God works and acts for our good as we wait for Him. Taking matters into our own hands shows that we do not trust Almighty God. Our impatience often results in outcomes to our circumstances that are less than the Lord’s perfect will.
As the emotional and spiritual pain that we carry surfaces, we are more likely to react in ungodly and unhealthy ways. The pain and trauma can cause us to become inpatient and not wait for the Lord to act on our behalf. It is a natural reaction to pain. However, it does not normally produce good in our lives. We must trust our amazing God and wait for Him to open the doors to our healing and freedom.
The best example of the One True God moving on our behalf is when He sent His only Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to provide for our salvation. When Jesus was born, God answered the prayers of multitudes who were crying out for mercy and forgiveness. God did this on behalf of all mankind, but there was a tremendous time of waiting for our Savior. No other man-made attempt to provide salvation could ever be complete and final. Waiting for Almighty God’s perfect plan was the only option for true freedom and eternal life in heaven. Praise God! We do not have to wait any longer. We can accept God’s incomparable gift and receive His love, peace, joy and healing through Jesus, the King of kings and Lord of lords!
But when you pray, go into your most private room, close the door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees [what is done] in secret will reward you.
Matthew 6:6 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Matthew 6:5-13
Prayer—it is the most important aspect of our spiritual lives. We must talk to and listen to our Most High God in order to live according to His will. We can and should be communicating with the Lord all day long. However, stepping back from our daily lives to pray in private is essential for our hearts and spirits to receive His healing, freedom, wisdom and guidance.
Talking to others about the pain and trauma that we have experienced helps, but that should never be our first response to traumatic circumstances. Worldly wisdom may only confuse believers because it is often the opposite of God’s wisdom. We must be careful to only talk to committed Christians and ask them for prayer support during times of crisis.
One of the reasons that Jesus Christ came to this earth was to heal our broken hearts. We cannot receive His gift of inner healing for our minds, hearts and spirits if we do not take time to pray in private. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are given the privilege of coming before our Most High God’s throne and sharing our deepest emotional and spiritual pain with Him. The best way to do that is to just be real. The Lord already knows what we need, but talking to Him about it helps us to release the burden to Him. Then, we will be able to trust Him to do what is best in every situation, including for our broken hearts to be healed!
You love righteousness and hate wickedness;
Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.
Psalm 45:7 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Psalm 45:6-8
These verses are describing Jesus Christ, the Messiah, who came to heal the brokenhearted. Jesus was anointed with the oil of gladness! In spite of the torture and horrific death that he faced and suffered for us, Jesus was still able to experience joy. His love for us enabled Him to continue down a very difficult path as He kept His eyes on the will of Almighty God.
Jesus also loved righteousness and hated wickedness. He did not turn a blind eye to evil in His day. He called it what it was and He was despised by many of the religious leaders as a result. Jesus did not accept or ignore wickedness, nor should we accept or ignore it. Our Lord loved deeply, but He also expected people to repent of sin in their lives. God’s forgiveness is available to everyone—as long as they accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior, turn from sin and allow the Holy Spirit to lead them in doing God’s will.
Our broken hearts are often the result of evil and wickedness in this world. However, we can experience the oil of gladness through our relationship with Jesus. His love, compassion and peace are the perfect remedies for the emotional and spiritual pain and trauma that we have carried for years. Jesus was anointed with the oil of gladness and He alone is able to set us free!
Blessed and worthy of praise be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ,
Ephesians 1:3 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Ephesians 1:3-6
What an amazing gift Almighty God has given us! He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms in Christ. We have every reason to rejoice in this and praise our Most High God for sending His Son, Jesus Christ, to provide for our forgiveness and salvation. We are blessed!
Too many times, we lose our joy and hope due to the circumstances in our lives that have broken our hearts. Satan rejoices when we allow ourselves to believe and focus on the lies that he and his army of evil beings encourage us to embrace. However, God’s Word is full of encouragement and blessings for us that we must intentionally pour into our minds and spirits. The more we are filled with God’s truths, the easier it will be for us to resist the devil and praise the Lord for His blessings.
Our hearts and spirits are like sponges. They absorb whatever we are exposed to—good or evil. There is no excuse for a genuine follower of Jesus Christ to continue to accept the lies of the devil. We must avoid evil influences and permeate our beings with the good things with which the Lord wants to bless our lives. Broken hearts are not His best for us. However, healing and freedom from pain and trauma are available to us. They are blessings from the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Then he said to me, “Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard; and I have come because of your words.”
Daniel 10:12 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Daniel 10:10-13
As we are suffering unspeakable trauma, we often pray for Almighty God to intervene and relieve the emotional and spiritual pain that has cut us to the core of our beings. We may ask the Lord why we have not received answers to our prayers and the prayers of others, and why the suffering has continued in spite of them. Wanting immediate answers to our prayers is a dangerous attitude, because the devil can take advantage of that and lead us to doubt and be discouraged when answers are delayed.
According to these verses, the answers to Daniel’s prayers were hindered and delayed for 21 days! There was a very real battle taking place in the spiritual realm over Daniel’s prayers and the answers. Our Most High God heard those prayers as soon as Daniel spoke them, but the prince of the kingdom of Persia battled against the answers, delaying them from being delivered.
Spiritual warfare is more real than anything we can see in the natural realm. We must understand that our broken hearts are often the result of attacks from the kingdom of darkness, either directly or through other people. Continuing to pray and ask Almighty God for help is crucial as we fight against demonic and evil entities. The blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross is more powerful than anything the devil or his helpers can do to us. As we remember to stay focused on the Lord, we will see the answers to our prayers and healing for our broken hearts!
… casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
1 Peter 5:7 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: 1 Peter 5:5-7
In the two verses before this one, the Lord tells us to humble ourselves and He will give us grace to go through whatever comes our way. It requires genuine humility to surrender to our Most High God and cast all our cares upon Him. We must admit that we are not in control, and that we can trust Him to do what is best for us.
When our hearts have been broken as the result of traumatic events in our lives, we may find it difficult to cast all our cares on the Lord. The emotional and spiritual pain in our hearts, minds and spirits can interfere with our ability to trust God. However, He is the only One who we can trust at all times! We must trust that the Lord cares for us. If we do not focus our thoughts on the fact that God cares about everything in our lives and will act on our behalf to bring about good from horrible situations, we can easily become depressed and hopeless.
Broken hearts can be healed through the love of the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. However, we are responsible to cast all our cares upon Him as we wait for His peace and love to release the pain and for His joy to fill our hearts and spirits. We can also seek godly people to help us receive the freedom and healing if needed. Our incredible, loving God cares so much for us that He will lead us down the path of healing as we cast all our cares upon Him.