Instead of your shame you shall have double honor,
And instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion.
Therefore in their land they shall possess double;
Everlasting joy shall be theirs.
Isaiah 61:7 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Isaiah 61:1-7
This is good news! If we have accepted Jesus Christ and asked Him to be our Lord and Savior, we are one of Almighty God’s children. As such, we are promised double honor instead of our shame. Circumstances that cause our hearts to be broken often result in us feeling shame. We can feel that shame for years, or even decades, if we do not receive the inner healing we need for the emotional and spiritual pain and trauma that we experienced.
Confusion can also be a result of going through horrific trauma. The confusion can be so intense that it causes us to be unable to function normally. However, the Lord said that instead of confusion, those who follow Him would rejoice. Believing that rejoicing is even possible after a traumatic event in our lives takes a great deal of trust and faith in the Most High God and His promises. Trust and faith in Him is crucial for emotional and spiritual healing to begin and for the process to continue.
Keeping our eyes on the everlasting joy that the Lord promises us is also essential in the healing process. If Jesus Christ is our Lord, we will experience everlasting joy when we pass from this life into eternity. On this earth, we can also be blessed by the joy of the Lord. His joy is not dependent on our circumstances. It is a gift to us that gives us strength in the midst of pain and trauma. The joy of the Lord helps to heal broken hearts!
And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.
Mark 3:5 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Mark 3:1-6
Jesus was in the synagogue when He looked at the supposedly godly men with anger. Jesus was angry! Many followers of His have been told by others—both Christians and non-Christians—that being angry is not a godly response to any situation. However, there are many examples in the Bible where the Most High God or His Son, Jesus Christ, were angry due to evil situations that were happening.
We have to understand the difference between righteous, godly anger and anger that is a product of our mind, will and emotions, or a demonic spirit. Righteous anger is a response to injustice and Jesus experienced it when He walked on this earth. The pain and trauma that is caused by unrighteous circumstances breaks our hearts and usually results in righteous anger in our hearts and spirits.
However, we must be careful not to allow our hearts to become hardened. Jesus was grieved by the hardness of their hearts. We should always try to please the Lord and not grieve our heavenly Father, Jesus or the Holy Spirit. We must do our best to prevent our hearts from becoming hardened, but if that has already happened, we can ask the Lord to forgive us and soften our hearts. He wants to heal our broken hearts and to release the unspeakable emotional and spiritual pain we carry. We must take the first step by surrendering to His ways and perfect will for our lives.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned,
Nor shall the flame scorch you.
Isaiah 43:2 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Isaiah 43:1-2
This promise that was made by the Most High God in the Old Testament also applies to those who are sincere followers of Jesus Christ. Almighty God redeemed us and called us by name through the blood of His Son, Jesus. When we give our hearts and lives to the Lord, we become one of His children.
After we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, the One True God promises to be with us in every situation—through the waters and through the fire! He did not say that we would be spared from going through the waters and the fire, but that He would be with us and protect us as we go through them. The trials, pain and trauma that we experience in life will not destroy us if we keep our eyes on Jesus.
The effects of going through emotional and/or spiritual pain and trauma can be overwhelming for us, which is why we must hold on tightly to the Lord during and after traumatic situations. Having a broken heart is no easy thing from which to recover. However, Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted, and He is the answer to the pain in our hearts. Jesus can and will restore our peace, joy and hope if we will seek His healing. Then, He will release the pain and heal our hearts from the results of going through the waters and the fires of life!
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.
Revelation 3:20 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Revelation 3:19-22
When emotionally painful and traumatic circumstances cause our hearts to be broken, we can allow ourselves to become distant, or even completely separated from our Most High God. Broken hearts can easily become hardened and we can blame the Lord for the unspeakable pain that has devastated our lives. However, He loves us so much that He stands at the door of our hearts and knocks, waiting for us to respond to Him.
We always have a choice of whether or not we will let the Lord into those painful places in our hearts. To receive healing from emotional or spiritual pain and trauma, we must first repent for any ungodly thoughts and attitudes that we have had and turn to the Lord. He will forgive us and welcome us back into His arms when we do.
Jesus is waiting for us to become more than conquerors, especially in the area of emotional pain and trauma. He provided the way for us to be set free from discouragement, depression, despair, sorrow and hopelessness. We must make the decision to receive the godly healing available to us through Jesus Christ. The love and compassion of Jesus can release emotional and spiritual pain that we may have carried for years or decades. The choice is ours. Will we open the doors to our hearts and allow His love to heal our broken hearts? The Lord’s joy, hope and peace are available if we make that choice!
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
So are My ways higher than your ways,
And My thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:9 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Isaiah 55:6-9
Emotional pain and trauma that causes our hearts to be broken may never be understood by us. The horrible things that happen can seem overwhelming and unbearable, and we can question the Lord about why He “allowed” that traumatic situation to occur and cause us so much pain. It is better if we look at those traumatic things as not being prevented by the Lord for reasons beyond our understanding.
The bigger picture is that Almighty God causes all things to work together for good for those who love Him. What the enemy does to try to harm us, our Most High God turns around for good. The death of Jesus Christ is the best example of this truth. To those who were alive at the time and loved Jesus, it seemed that there could be no good that could come from Jesus dying a horrific death on the cross. However, Jesus’ death and subsequent resurrection provided salvation for all who will accept Him.
God’s ways are higher than our ways—always! He knows the beginning to the end and He alone understands, with that complete knowledge, how traumatic situations will be turned around for good in our lives. He knows that our broken hearts can be healed through the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus. Our Most High God loves us and has nothing but thoughts and plans for us that are the best for our growth in Him. We must embrace that truth and seek His guidance for the emotional and spiritual healing that we need.
who by faith [that is, with an enduring trust in God and His promises] subdued kingdoms, administered justice, obtained promised blessings, closed the mouths of lions, extinguished the power of [raging] fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became mighty and unbeatable in battle, putting enemy forces to flight.
Hebrews 11:33-34 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Hebrews 11:30-34
Faith—it can set us free from the pain of more trials and trauma than we can imagine! The trials and trauma in our lives that cause our hearts to be broken also cause us to feel weak and unable to fight the enemy. When traumatic situations, Satan, and his forces from the kingdom of darkness have beaten us down, all can seem hopeless and we can fall into a pit of depression and despair.
However, these verses testify of the victory that was experienced by those who were faithful. They were—out of weakness—made strong! They were not made strong due to their own plans and ability, but because they trusted the Most High God and His promises in spite of their circumstances. When our hearts are broken, we must turn to the Lord and trust Him. That is what it means to have faith.
As we trust the One True God and His promises, we will be strengthened and we will be more able to fight the spiritual warfare that comes our way. We must never give up in our times of weakness—never! As long as we cling to Almighty God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit, those are the very times that will enable us to be stronger in the future. Following the Lord’s directions and guidance during and after traumatic situations will bring about a positive outcome and increase our faith. “And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose” (Romans 8:28, AMP).
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,
Psalm 107:2 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Psalm 107:1-6
It is of the utmost importance that we share our testimonies of how the Lord set us free through the gift of salvation from sin and eternal punishment in hell. The shed blood and sacrifice of Jesus Christ redeemed us from the hand of the enemy if we have accepted that incomparable gift from the Most High God. Telling others about what the Lord did for us when we received that most precious gift, honors and glorifies God.
In the same way, it honors and glorifies the Lord when we share our testimonies of how the Lord worked out horrific and traumatic experiences that caused our hearts to be broken. However, the devil tries to prevent us from giving God that glory by telling us that we should not tell anyone what happened to cause us so much pain. The lies that Satan tells us are meant to pour shame and embarrassment on top of already unbearably painful memories.
A higher level of freedom comes to us when we reject the lies of the enemy and tell others how Jesus released us, or is in the process of releasing us, from the prison of emotional and spiritual pain. The release of pain and trauma and healing of our broken hearts is a process that usually takes a significant amount of time, but we can share our testimony of what the Lord has done on our healing journey regardless of how far we still need to go. If we are the redeemed of the Lord, we need to say so! Our testimonies encourage others to have hope that they too can receive the healing they need from emotional pain and trauma.