But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil (Satan), and arguing about the body of Moses, did not dare bring an abusive condemnation against him, but [simply] said, “The Lord rebuke you!”
Jude 9 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Jude 8-11
There is a tremendous amount of spiritual warfare that occurs in the life of a follower of Jesus Christ. Satan and his demonic forces attack believers in many ways and those who are brokenhearted are extremely vulnerable to those attacks. Wounded and weakened Christians are the devil’s prime targets. Satan is often vicious and relentless, but we must fight the good fight and follow the Lord’s directions in every area of our lives, including the area of spiritual warfare.
Battling beings from the kingdom of darkness is exhausting, especially if we try to do it in our own strength. We must react to the devil and his army with biblical responses. If we are true, committed followers of Jesus Christ, we have the authority to command lower-level demonic spirits to leave us in Jesus’ name. However, it is never wise, nor effective, to try to order Satan to do anything—never. We open ourselves up to intense retaliation if we do so.
The above verse gives us a very clear example of dealing with Satan and his higher level assistants. We must use wisdom when an intense episode of spiritual warfare is upon us and stay within the limits of our authority. Michael, the archangel, did not command the devil to stop his attack and arguing, but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” Confessing past mistakes in this area to Almighty God and repenting for inappropriately fighting the devil will help us receive the healing and freedom we need in our hearts and spirits. It is part of the cleansing for our broken hearts and the path to our victory over pain and trauma.
He heals the brokenhearted
And binds up their wounds [healing their pain and comforting their sorrow].
Psalm 147:3 (AMP)
Suggested reading: Psalm 147:1-5
When our hearts have been broken into a million pieces by traumatic circumstances, we may think that there is nothing that could ever restore peace, love and joy within our souls and spirits. The emotional pain can be unbearable and our sorrow can continue for what seems like an eternity. The pain and sorrow can lead us into the depths of despair and depression if we are not careful. That is Satan’s plan for God’s children. The Lord has a better plan for our broken hearts!
Praise the Lord! He heals the brokenhearted. He binds up our wounds and heals our pains. The Lord comforts our sorrows. However, we must turn to Him during and after terribly painful times. Relying on other means of comfort to numb the pain is only a temporary answer that does not provide healing and freedom from the pain and trauma. Only our gracious and majestic God can provide the genuine inner healing we need in our hearts, minds and spirits.
The wounds we receive to our hearts and spirits are real. They are just as real as physical wounds from being stabbed with a knife. The Lord understands our inner pain and trauma. Jesus suffered more than we can imagine—physically, emotionally and spiritually—so that we could receive healing and freedom once we have surrendered to Him as our personal Lord and Savior. Remembering God’s promises from His Word and standing firm in our faith will help us receive healing for our broken hearts. Praising God in the midst of the storms of life and thanking Him for all His blessings also helps return peace and joy to our hearts.
By this the children of God and the children of the devil are clearly identified: anyone who does not practice righteousness [who does not seek God’s will in thought, action, and purpose] is not of God, nor is the one who does not [unselfishly] love his [believing] brother.
1 John 3:10 (AMP)
Suggested reading: 1 John 3:4-10
In these verses, John is not writing about being perfect and without sin. That is impossible for anyone to accomplish on this earth. However, he is distinguishing the difference between children of God and children of the devil. A child of God—a person who is sincerely following Jesus as their Lord and Savior—seeks God’s will in their thoughts, actions and purposes, and unselfishly loves their believing brothers. A child of the devil deliberately, knowingly and habitually practices sin. The difference is committing an occasional act of sin versus living a life of constant and repeated sin. The latter contradicts the declaration of having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.
Children of God cannot sin without feeling and responding to the Holy Spirit’s leading to confess and repent for their sins. True followers of Jesus Christ confess theirs sins to the Lord and to those they have committed the sin against. They sincerely ask for forgiveness in godly sorrow. Children of the devil resist the instruction from the Lord, or completely refuse, to confess their sins. Instead, they try to cover up their sins.
People often say, “But he (or she) has a good heart.” If someone is repeatedly and willfully sinning in opposition to God’s Word, they do not have a good heart. Practicing sin separates us and our hearts from God. Confessing and turning from our sin is a crucial step in receiving freedom and healing for our broken hearts.
But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them.
Acts 16:25 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Acts 16:25-34
What an amazing testimony! Paul and Silas were in prison and yet they continued to pray and worship God. In the midst of terrible conditions, they remained confident in their faith and trust of the Most High God. They did not lose hope in the One True God! The result of their prayers and worship was freedom for them from the prison and salvation for the jailer and all in his household.
Worshipping the Lord is an important part of the healing process for our broken hearts. We must express our love for the One who welcomed us into His kingdom through the awesome provision of Jesus’ sacrifice for us. Worship is also a powerful tool against the enemy, Satan. If we are God’s children, we have the ability to use praise and worship against the devil and his helpers. It is a weapon of spiritual warfare. We bless the Lord when we worship Him. However, the devil hates it when we praise and worship our Most High God, because it interferes with his plans for us to become discouraged and depressed.
As we worship the Lord in spite of our circumstances, the enemy’s power to keep us in the prison of pain and trauma is lessened. Worshipping God produces the opposite of what the devil would like to accomplish in us. It increases hope and courage in our hearts and spirits. Worshipping the Lord brings us joy and peace regardless of what things look like in the natural realm. It also shows Satan that our faith is real and stronger than what he plans for us. Therefore, when we are tempted to surrender to emotional or spiritual pain, we should worship God instead. He is worthy!
But Jesus looked at them and said to them, “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Matthew 19:26 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Matthew 19:23-26
“That is just impossible!” We have probably heard people say that and may have even said that ourselves. However, according to Jesus, “With God all things are possible.” Notice that Jesus did not say, “Some things are possible,” but He said, “All things are possible.” Satan wants followers of Jesus to doubt God’s Word and His promises. The devil will try his best to convince believers that there are things that are not possible. However, we must believe that with God all things are possible.
When our circumstances look very bleak, we must hold on to the truth of God’s Word. In Luke 17:6, Jesus said that all we need is faith the size of a mustard seed. At times, He will give others the faith to believe for us if we are so discouraged that we can hardly go on one more day. If we will trust our Most High God, the Creator of the Universe, to work all things together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose as it says in Romans 8:28, we will be encouraged. Regardless of how things look in the physical realm, God is able to do what seems to be impossible.
The healing of our broken hearts is one of the things that the enemy wants us to believe is impossible. If Satan can keep us discouraged and carrying emotional pain and trauma, he can prevent us from being effective as followers of Jesus Christ. It is not only possible, but a promise from our heavenly Father that Jesus heals the brokenhearted. With God, it is possible!
In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul.
Psalm 94:19 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Psalm 94:16-19
Anxiety is a very real and common result of going through some traumatic and emotionally painful circumstance. When our hearts have been devastated due to emotional pain and trauma resulting from the death of a loved one, a broken relationship, divorce, abuse, betrayal, accidents, natural disasters, or other situations, we can become extremely anxious. Our enemy, Satan, wants to use those traumatic circumstances to discourage us and lead us into his pit of despair.
Also, the world that we live in provides many reasons for us to be anxious even without any traumatic event occurring in our own lives. Watching or listening to the news can be very disturbing to our hearts and spirits. The secondary trauma that impacts us from things happening around the world can add to the anxieties that develop from any trauma that we have personally experienced. Anxiety from secondary trauma can weigh on us like a heavy burden. Anxieties can multiply within us!
Our Most High God has an answer for the anxieties in our minds, hearts and spirits. He wants to comfort us through His love and peace that is available to us if we have received His free gift of forgiveness through Jesus Christ. If we have sincerely asked Jesus to be our personal Lord and Savior, God’s comfort is ready to help us in our place of pain and trauma. However, we must pray and ask Jesus to release the anxiety and secondary trauma from our hearts and spirits. If we need help, we can pursue ministry from trained, Christian men and women. As we seek His freedom, the Lord will answer and delight our souls—our minds, wills and emotions—with His incomparable comforts.
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!