So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you.
James 4:7 (AMP)
Suggested reading: James 4:7-10
Many people quote this verse by saying, “Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” However, they omit the first and most important part, “Submit to God.” The devil will not flee from us if we are in agreement with him and the kingdom of darkness. If we, or someone else, try to break oppression from the kingdom of darkness off us, but we are not submitted to Almighty God, the oppression will either not leave at all, or it will quickly return. This is one reason lasting freedom is often not obtained by believers.
We must submit to the authority of God—and draw near to Him with a humble heart—to receive freedom from harassment from the kingdom of darkness and freedom from the effects of traumatic circumstances. The devil and his helpers will flee from us when they know we are serious about submitting to the Most High God and His will. However, Satan will never stop trying to encourage us to sin and disobey God. That is part of the spiritual warfare experienced by every follower of Jesus Christ.
To receive inner healing and freedom, we cannot be double-minded people. Our focus and energy has to be spent on obeying the Lord in every area of our lives. That does not mean that we will be perfect. On this earth, there is no chance that perfection will be attained, but we should strive to be more like Jesus every day. As we sincerely continue to repent for times when we miss the mark, we are submitting to God. The devil will flee from us and the healing of our broken hearts will be possible.
“Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;
Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.
Cease to do evil,”
Isaiah 1:16 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Isaiah 1:16-20
This verse could not be any clearer. The Lord wants us to cleanse ourselves from all the things that cause us to be defiled in His sight. Our Most High God instructs us to stop doing evil. There is no justification for evil/sin that will hold up in His heavenly courts. Almighty God is just and holy. He sees and knows the evil we do and the evil we think about doing. That is why He tells us to make ourselves clean.
We can make ourselves clean by accepting the incredible sacrifice that Jesus Christ suffered on our behalf. His blood cleanses us from all our sins if we ask God to forgive us in Jesus’ name. Then we must genuinely repent and change our way of thinking, which in turn changes our behavior. It is not enough to say we repent. We must actually do it and cease to do evil.
Another aspect of cleansing ourselves is receiving inner healing prayer and ministry for the pain and trauma that we have experienced. Emotional pain and trauma can be, and often is, carried within our hearts and spirits for years and decades after the extremely painful events occur. We must take the needed steps to receive freedom from emotional and spiritual pain and trauma. Ignoring it, or pretending it does not exist, only causes us to suffer longer. Jesus Christ wants to heal our broken hearts, but we can help in the healing process by seeking needed prayer ministry from trusted, godly followers of Jesus Christ. We are washed and cleansed as Jesus releases our inner emotional and spiritual pain!
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you will abound in hope and overflow with confidence in His promises.
Romans 15:13 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Romans 15:8-13
God is the source of hope! Many followers of Jesus Christ, and unbelievers as well, have broken hearts because they based their hope on someone or something other than Almighty God. There is no person, situation, or material possession that can ever give us the joy and peace that Almighty God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit can provide for us. God’s comfort and healing power are the ultimate medicine for our broken hearts.
First, we must have faith that Jesus Christ came to set us free. We must ask God for forgiveness for our sins and invite Jesus into our lives. Then our faith must grow as we read God’s Word and live according to the Scriptures to the best of our ability. As the experience of our faith increases, our joy and peace will also increase. The power of the Holy Spirit will cause us to abound in hope and overflow with confidence in God’s promises. That is a positive, healing process.
The more confidence we have in God’s promises, the better able we will be to receive inner emotional and spiritual healing. We must never give up hope that the God of the Universe can and will heal our broken hearts. It may require the assistance of Christian, inner healing ministers, but Jesus is able to release our pain and trauma. Living with ongoing emotional and spiritual pain prevents us from achieving our God-given destiny. The Lord wants to fill us with His hope, joy and peace—and He will—if our faith aligns with His promises.
Blessed [fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God] is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked [following their advice and example],
Nor stand in the path of sinners,
Nor sit [down to rest] in the seat of scoffers (ridiculers).
Psalm 1:1 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Psalm 1:1-6
We all want the Lord to bless us. We want to be fortunate, prosperous, and favored by God. His Word says that in order for us to receive His blessings we must delight in and obey the Lord’s instructions. We should never follow the advice or example of the wicked, but only follow the counsel and example of godly people. Taking part in ungodly activities is not the way to receive blessings from the Most High God. In order to receive His blessings, we must do our best to live according to God’s teachings in the Bible.
The Lord’s blessings include the healing of inner emotional and spiritual pain from traumatic events. Our merciful Father sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to help us receive that healing. Once we have sincerely accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we can begin the healing journey. However, we must follow the Lord’s teachings and not be in agreement with the kingdom of darkness by continuing in known sin.
Out of desperation, and sometimes ignorance, brokenhearted people may pursue healing techniques that do not line up with the Word of God. Followers of Jesus Christ should strive to obtain emotional and spiritual healing only through biblically based ministry and prayer. Other ungodly methods may result in imitation and temporary healing, but they also result in bondage to the source of that healing. Jesus’ followers will be blessed—and their broken hearts will be genuinely healed—as they pursue the Lord’s plan and godly healing ministry.
If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.
Romans 12:18 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Romans 12:18-21
This can seem like an impossible instruction from the Lord, especially when the emotional pain of traumatic events has broken our hearts. That is due to the fact that suppressed emotional and spiritual pain can be triggered, or come to the surface, when we least expect it. When that happens, we must realize that we need to pursue inner healing to receive freedom from the suppressed pain and trauma.
Pursuing inner healing for known, and sometimes unknown, past trauma depends on our free wills. We can choose to ignore the symptoms of inappropriate reactions, or reactions that are way out of proportion, to stressful and difficult situations. If we choose that, we will continue to go around the same mountains for years. However, we can also choose to seek biblically based help from qualified Christian counselors and ministers to help us release the pain and trauma and to receive healing for our broken hearts from Jesus Christ.
Receiving inner healing will help us to live peaceably with all men. However, there are times when living peaceably does not depend on us. Other people in our lives have free wills and can create less than peaceful circumstances that we have no control over. The above verse says, “If it is possible,” because it is not always possible to live peaceably with people. This is especially true if unbelievers attack us for our faith. Our Most High God does not want us to compromise our beliefs just to live at peace with people. Our relationships with Almighty God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit must be our priority. We cannot always please people, but we should strive to always please God!
But the LORD has been my defense,
And my God the rock of my refuge.
Psalm 94:22 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Psalm 94:20-23
During times of emotional pain and trauma—when we are under tremendous and overwhelming attack from the kingdom of darkness—we must remember that the Lord is our defense. It is so easy to get caught up in the circumstances and focus on our broken hearts, but if we are children of the Most High God, He is our Rock! We need to turn to Him in the midst of the storms of life.
God is the Rock of our refuge! Refuge is defined as a sheltered or protected state safe from something threatening, harmful, or unpleasant. We can always count on Almighty God to provide us a protected, safe place in His loving presence when the darkness of traumatic situations is crushing our hearts and spirits. Our Most High God, the Lord of Hosts, will be our defense when Satan attacks us through his demonic helpers, or through people.
As God’s children, we have this promise and the promise of endless peace and joy with the Lord in heaven when we pass from this life into eternity. However, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, must be our Lord and Savior for us to receive this promise and many others from the Most High God. The Lord also promised that He will heal our broken hearts (Luke 4:18). In the process of doing that, God defends us and provides us a safe place in His arms where He holds our broken hearts close to His heart. The healing that is available through the love of our heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, is incomparable. God is our Rock and the Healer of our minds, hearts and spirits!
He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.
John 3:36 (NASB)
Suggested reading: John 3:31-36
Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted. He came to set us free from our sins. However, it is not enough to just believe in Jesus Christ. We must also obey Him! Many versions of Scripture translate this verse to include the condition of obedience. It clearly states that disobedience will keep us from eternal life with the Lord.
This is not a gloom and doom message, because Almighty God provided the way for us to spend eternity with Him in heaven through the blood and sacrifice of His Son, Jesus. However, we must also obey the Lord in our thoughts and actions. Disobedience to the Most High God never produces good in our lives. We cannot just give lip service to our faith, but we must back up our words with our actions. Willful disobedience will result in separation from our loving, heavenly Father. If we have disobeyed the Lord in some area, we need to confess that to Him and ask Him to forgive us in Jesus’ name. Then, we must obey the Lord and not repeat that sin.
This is especially true when we are seeking healing for our broken hearts. It is absolutely necessary that we obey the Lord to receive healing and freedom from pain and trauma. Inner healing is a blessing that is available to followers of Jesus Christ. We cannot do our own thing, in disobedience to God, and expect the blessings of God to be poured out on our lives. Our obedience to the Lord will enable the healing of our broken hearts!