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!
Then Samson called to the Lord, saying, “O Lord God, remember me, I pray! Strengthen me, I pray, just this once, O God, that I may with one blow take vengeance on the Philistines for my two eyes!”
Judges 16:28 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Judges 16:23-31
Samson was a great man of God. He had judged Israel for 20 years. Samson had known great strength and killed many of his enemies. However, he was not exempt from the consequences of sin. After Delilah betrayed him, Samson was reduced to a weakened condition that prevented him from responding to his enemies’ treatment. Betrayal always has extreme effects on our hearts, minds and spirits! It breaks our hearts in devastating ways.
Samson’s enemies rejoiced when he was weak and they made a spectacle of his weakness. They had no idea that Samson’s God, the Most High God, was able to restore Samson’s strength, leading to their destruction. When Samson repented and asked God to strengthen him once again, their power over Samson disappeared.
We have a very real enemy—the devil. Satan and the workers in the kingdom of darkness do all they can to lead us into a weakened condition through pain and trauma in our lives. That pain and trauma can be caused by many things including betrayal, abuse, broken relationships, the loss of a loved one, and natural disasters. We must do as Samson did and ask the Lord to strengthen us! Our Most High God’s strength and power are endless. He sent Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit to help us, but we must accept God’s gift and receive the strength that He offers us. We can only fight against the attacks from the kingdom of darkness in God’s strength!
To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Colossians 1:27 (NKJV)
Suggested reading: Colossians 1:24-29
When our hearts are broken, we can become hopeless and even fall into a horrible condition of despair. Despair is defined as a profound feeling that there is no hope. The hopelessness and depression can be devastating if we do not focus on the truth. As followers of Jesus Christ, our hope is not dependent on our circumstances. Our hope comes from the fact that one day we will pass from this life into eternity and God’s glory.
It is so important that we remember that Christ in us is our hope of glory. No matter what horrific situations come our way, we can be hopeful! Our time on this earth is extremely limited compared to eternity. We must choose to live a hopeful life and not allow ourselves to fall into a pit of despair. The enemy will always try to encourage us to embrace self-pity, which he hopes will lead us into depression and despair. However, we have a powerful reason to hope—Christ in us!
We must keep our eyes fixed on Jesus and not on our circumstances. That is easier said than done, but the more we do it, the easier it becomes. Jesus wants to heal our broken hearts. However, our day-to-day choices can affect when and if that will happen. It is crucial in the healing journey that we develop single-mindedness regarding hope. Basing our hope solely on Christ in us is what will get us through the most difficult days, months and years. It will also increase our joy and peace!
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.