There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven—
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-8
This verse and the ones that follow are full of tremendous amounts of wisdom. Almighty God has an appointed time, a season, for everything in our lives. He knows what is best for us and when it is best for those events to occur. His timing is perfect! If we trust Him and seek His timing, we will be able to receive healing for our broken hearts.
Although it may seem like the effects of emotional pain and trauma that we experience will last forever, the Lord has a plan for our healing and we must pursue that plan. Our healing begins when we accept God’s amazing gift of forgiveness and salvation that He provided through the birth, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. Then, the inner healing we need from emotional pain and trauma continues over a period of time at various, appointed seasons in our lives.
There is a time to heal. There is also a time to weep, and that often occurs during the healing process. The Lord knows exactly when we can safely go through inner healing and handle the emotions that will be triggered. Depending on the amount of pain and trauma we have suffered, our healing can take months, or many years. It is a process. The good news is that we can be healed from the pain and trauma. Jesus is more than able to release the pain and heal our broken hearts! He will do that at the appointed time if we will surrender to God’s perfect timing.
Above all, lift up the [protective] shield of faith with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Ephesians 6:16 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Ephesians 6:14-18
The things that break our hearts can weaken our faith! Satan wants to blow holes in our shields of faith through the pain and trauma we suffer. He wants to destroy our faith and take us out of the battle. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are subjected to very real, and sometimes intense and vicious, spiritual warfare. However, the Lord has given us extremely powerful weapons to use against the kingdom of darkness.
The most important thing—above all—is that we lift up the protective shield of faith against the evil one. Our faith shields us in the spiritual warfare we face from the kingdom of darkness. Our shield of faith will quench all the flaming arrows from Satan and his helpers that he uses to deliver the arrows. The attacks from the kingdom of darkness are meant to decrease our faith, because Satan knows that our faith is the most important weapon we possess.
Jesus quoted Scripture to Satan in the wilderness when He was under attack from the devil. The Word of God is one of the most powerful weapons we have to use against the enemy. However, we must have sincere faith to be effective in speaking the truth to extinguish the flaming arrows that come our way. Reading Scripture helps to strengthen our shield of faith. There are other things we can do to strengthen our faith. They include spending time with the Lord, listening to praise and worship music, staying connected with other believers, and pursuing biblical inner healing for emotional pain and trauma.
As the deer pants for the water brooks,
So pants my soul for You, O God.
Psalm 42:1 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Psalm 42:1-3
Emotional pain and trauma should cause us to run to the Most High God for comfort and healing. However, many people run away from Him, blaming Him for the events that broke their hearts. That is exactly what the devil wants. He wants the traumatic situations in our lives to separate us from the One who loves us the most and can restore our peace and joy.
When our hearts are broken and tears are shed day and night, we need the inner healing that God has provided through His Son, Jesus. To receive the healing we need from the effects of trials and traumatic situations, we must hunger and thirst for the Lord as the deer pants for the water. As our hunger and thirst for God grows, we will spend more time with Him. As we spend more time with Him, our hunger and thirst for God grows. It is a positive, healing cycle.
We must become as desperate for our broken hearts to be healed as we would be for water if we had nothing to drink for days. Complacency regarding the condition of our hearts and spirits that have been carrying pain and trauma for years, or decades, must be overcome by our desire for freedom. Temporary, and often destructive, methods of numbing the pain need to be replaced with the healing power of Jesus Christ. The Lord wants to heal us, but we have to take the necessary steps for our healing to begin and run to the Most High God. Our souls—our minds, wills and emotions—must pant for God!
So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed.
Luke 5:16 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Luke 5:12-16
Jesus is the Son of God. He performed many miracles during His time of ministry on this earth. However, He required times alone to pray and get refreshed. Many followers of Jesus do not take the time to follow Jesus’ example in this area. Somehow they think that they can go and go and go without stopping for significant times of prayer with the Lord. This is especially true of those in ministry.
We cannot expect to be effective in our daily lives—whether we are ministers, teachers, waiters, accountants, moms, dads, students, police officers, doctors, retired, or in any other line of work—if we do not withdraw often to be alone with our heavenly Father. It is a privilege that we have as His children! We need an infusion of His supernatural energy, guidance and love to continue to honor Him in what we do.
It is absolutely critical that those with broken hearts spend even more time alone with the Lord in prayer. Talking to Him about our deepest hurts and allowing Him to minister to the emotional and spiritual pain is part of the healing process. The Lord knows us better than anyone and has the answers that will set us free. We must be willing to spend whatever amount of time is necessary on His operating table and let Him perform emotional and spiritual surgery on us as unique individuals with specific wounds and emotional pain. The trauma that caused that pain can be released by Jesus and our broken hearts can be healed if we are willing to surrender the time it takes to receive God’s love, peace and incomparable healing.
And she said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” So he awoke from his sleep, and said, “I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself free!” But he did not know that the Lord had departed from him.
Judges 16:20 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Judges 16:18-20
We must learn from Samson’s mistakes and not allow ourselves to become complacent. Delilah had pressured him into revealing the source of his great strength. Then she betrayed him for financial gain. Samson was lulled to sleep and unaware of possible danger. This is a picture of how our enemy, Satan, can tempt us into a place of complacency where we get comfortable with our current state of being.
When Delilah woke Samson up, he was unaware that his strength was gone and that the Lord had departed from him. This can happen to us if we are not careful. We must continue to be vigilant in protecting the source of our strength—our faith and trust in the Most High God, and His Son, Jesus Christ. Events that break our hearts can weaken our faith if we are not mindful of our reactions to those events and the effects the trauma is having on our hearts and spirits.
When we feel our faith and trust in the Lord is decreasing, we must take action as soon as possible to restore and increase our strength. Receiving ministry for healing of inner emotional pain and trauma can help strengthen and intensify our relationships with the Lord. Jesus will heal our broken hearts if we will take the first step and pursue that needed healing. We never want to wake up and realize that the Lord has departed from us, because we allowed the enemy to steal our faith.
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
John 10:10 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: John 10:7-10
Jesus is the Good Shepherd! The devil is bad—all the time. Satan only wants to cause us pain and trauma. He wants to kill all hope in us. He wants to steal our joy and peace. He wants to destroy our faith and every thought that keeps us following the Most High God. Nothing good comes from the devil. He is a liar!
We must guard our spirits, hearts and minds from the lies of the thief. If we give Satan an inch, he will take a mile. The devil is the opposite of everything that Jesus Christ represents. Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). Jesus has promised that He will give us life, and not just life, but abundant life. The devil hates that thought and tries with every scheme he knows to interfere with God’s wonderful plans for us.
Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted! Satan does not want our hearts to be healed. The good news is that we can be assured that the blood of Jesus is more powerful than the devil. Jesus’ blood and power are like a nuclear bomb and the devil’s power is like a firecracker. There is no contest between them. However, we have a choice. We can embrace the promises of the Most High God and submit our wills to His perfect will, or we can allow the thief to kill, steal and destroy our spirits, hearts and minds. Healing for our broken hearts requires us to reject the devil’s lies and plans, and submit to the Lord’s loving plans for our inner healing.
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not be terrified or dismayed (intimidated), for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Joshua 1:9 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Joshua 1:5-9
This is a very strong command from the Most High God to Joshua, but also to us. There are many places in Scripture where the Lord tells us to be strong and not to be afraid. Knowing that the Lord our God is with us wherever we go, should give us the strength and courage to face everything that comes into our lives. However, we are often fearful, even terrified, dismayed and intimidated as the result of unspeakable traumatic events.
Almighty God has promised that He will not fail or abandon us. However, He set conditions, or requirements, regarding His promise that we would prosper and be successful. He expects us to live according to His Word for us to receive His promised blessings! We cannot disobey the Lord and then blame Him for the consequences we experience due to ungodly choices we make of our own free wills.
In order to obey our heavenly Father, we must read His Word and understand His instructions for every area of our lives. When we know the Lord’s will and directions, we will not be terrified or dismayed. We will have complete confidence and not be intimidated as we stand strong and courageous against the things that cause us emotional pain and trauma. Our broken hearts will be healed and the pain will be released by Jesus as we continue to follow our Most High God’s directions. Surrendering to God’s will and accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior opens the door for the needed healing to begin. It is worth it. The peace and joy of the Lord are priceless!