Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many.
- WHAT IS INNER HEALING AND WHY DO CHRISTIANS NEED TO GO THROUGH IT?
“Inner Healing” is the application of the blood, cross, and resurrection life of our Lord Jesus Christ to deep wound and practices in our heart, setting us free to walk as God intended when He created us.
“Inner Healing” is actually sanctification and transformation.
Sanctification is the process in which the Holy Spirit bring us daily to more and more death of “self” on the cross and to the newness of life in Him.
Transformation is the process of sanctification in which the Holy Spirit transforms all our degradations to glory, our weaknesses to strengths, and our deserts to gardens of blessing.
Inner Healing is preparing the person to dismantle the house of character by removing demons ground for attack. Example; unforgiveness, jealousy, pride….
Inner healing is a tool of prayer and counseling to make salvation fully effective in all dimensions of our life and character.
Many Christians could not maintain their work in Christ to overcome sins because of old grudges and wounds lodged in their hearts.
Paul wrote, “Take care, brethren that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from living God” (Hebrews 3:12). Because some areas deep in our hearts have not believed and accepted the good news of our death and rebirth in Him, the fullness of His work has not yet happened for us. We are new creatures in Christ, but some of our old self-centered selfish character continues to act in its ugly old ways, as thought we had not yet received the Lord.
Inner healing , then, is evangelism to the unbelieving hearts of believers.
He also called us to work out our salvation “with fear and trembling” (Philippians 2:12) Positionally we have been made perfect, but we have to take hold of that salvation and make it effective in every area of our lives.
When Abraham came through Canaan, God gave him the land. From that time on, therefore, positionally the Jews owned the land. But then the lord told him that he and his people would have to go down to a land that is not theirs”.Then they had to cross the Jordan, kill the giants and conquer the fenced and walled cities to possess what they already owned!
In like manner, when we receive Jesus as Lord and Savior, positionally we possess the perfection of our souls. But we must yet cross our own inner Jordans, kill our own giants and conquer the fenced and walled areas of our own stony hearts to possess what we already own.
Inner healing is a discipline of prayer and counsel to accomplish that task.
Inner healing practitioners look at character, therefore, to discover what practices in the old man we did not fully yield to the cross when we first received Jesus as lord and Savior.
- INNER HEALING_ TRAUMA AND DID
Inner healing is using prayer and the Word of God to heal the deepest wounds to our souls; wounds were caused by trauma or abuse that is too much for us to cope with. The trauma can be physical abuse, verbal abuse, sexual abuse, physical pain, or any emotional pain that we can’t cope with at that moment.
The way we deal with this trauma is to disassociate. There are many names that the psychiatric community has for these wounds: Bipolar, Manic-Depressive, DID (Dissociative Identity disorder), Alternate Personalities, MPD(Multiple Personality Disorder), PTSD(Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Inner healing gets to the deepest root of the pain from the trauma and gets it healed permanently.
Characteristics and Effects of Soul Wounds (Disassociation)
Just a few characteristics and effects of soul wounds are: Depression, Emotional Overreaction, Lost Time, Voices, Self-Harm (cutting), Suicidal Thoughts or Attempts, Emotional Shutdown.
What’s the relationship between Soul Wounds and Demons?
The trauma or abuse can be an entry point for demons.
When someone says they are tormented by anxiety, fear, guilt, anger, or any other emotion, there is a strong possibility that they have deep soul wounds that are being tormented by demons. The demons won’t leave until the wounds are completely healed
- INNER HEALING_ SPIRITUAL HEALING
Our spiritual healing is also intimately connected to the healing of our emotions and these in turn affect the healing of our bodies. How can this be? It just so happens that our emotional life plays a key role in relationship to both our spiritual and physical well-being.
Negative emotions damage our spiritual health. This is because every negative emotion that you can name (except pure grief, true righteous indignation or godly fear) represents a sinful inner state of the heart. You and I cannot have emotions like anger, rage, un-forgiveness, frustration, rejection, despair, discouragement, envy or jealousy, fear or anxiety and be enjoying the peace of Christ at the same time. Think about it: every negative emotion represents a departure from trusting the Lord and yielding to His Spirit or from living by believing His truth in our hearts, for it is out of the heart that good or evil begins to flow (Matthew 15:19). What begins as a negative emotion held within our heart can easily become a sinful word or deed., for a heart that is filled with negative emotions will eventually overflow into outward sin like flood water from a broken dam.
Emotional and spiritual healing sometimes comes our way with an effortless grace, but at other times it must be sought out. We need to learn to seek the life which is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3) as if our daily life depended upon it—which it does! If you have been struggling with sickness and disease, or with inward anguish such as depression or anxiety,you are not alone. Nor are you without hope and resources. The answer is available through the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.
- INNER HEALING_ PHYSICAL HEALING
Negative emotions also damage our physical health. This is because almost every negative emotion you can name is a stressor to the body. As many as 80% of all incurable diseases have a mind-body connection—they are stress induced or stress enhanced or both. Our bodies were created to live with the peace of God in our hearts. When our hearts and minds are at peace our bodies enter into peace (homeostasis) and all of the systems begin to recover balance and restore healing.
We have therefore a simple equation: negative emotions = sinful states of the heart = loss of peace = loss of spiritual health = loss of physical health. This may seem like bad news at first blush, but it is really good news. It is good news because it shows us a way out of sickness and disease as well as a way out of negative emotions. Negative emotions are not a God-given part of our personality. We are not stuck with them or the diseases which they induce. Jesus has provided a way of freedom both from sin’s penalty and its power over us.
Consider these relationships which medical science has proven:
Anger and hostility can trigger hypertension and coronary artery disease
Anxiety can lead to irritable bowel syndrome and heart palpitations
Un-forgiveness and resentment towards others or towards self can cause
the autoimmune disorders, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and multiple sclerosis
Repressed anger often underlies migraine headaches, chronic back pain,
TMJ and fibro-myalgia
These are truths that can set us free (as Jesus said) if we will let these truths lead us back to mending our lives at the source—by bringing our emotional wounds to the One who loves us best and who alone knows how to heal our inner life
- INNER HEALING_ FRUITS AND ROOTS
Basic discipleship and inner healing restrain strongholds.
Basic discipleship is the part we play in clearing out “bad fruit.” This is steadily accomplished by doing our best to trust and obey with the faith and self-discipline available to us. As we abide in Christ, the Father prunes bad fruit away. The essential disciplines (prayer, Bible study, worship, fellowship, service) act as a restraint upon the power of temptation similar to the way that mowing grass restrains weeds.
Inner healing,on the other hand, reduces temptation’s power because it gets at the root issues which caused strongholds of the flesh to form in the first place. Where there is fruit there’s a root! As inner healing brings release from pain and ungodly beliefs rooted in our hearts stemming from past traumatic events, bad fruit disappears from our spiritual tree. We need both fruit pruning and root removal in the spiritual life!
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch of mine that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” John 15:1-4
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God; that no “root of bitterness” springs up and causes trouble, and by it many become defiled. Hebrews 12:14-15