Day 3 Scripture Readings
Healing Of Hearts
We have established that sins must be repented of, wounds must be healed and demons must be expelled. The correct remedy must fit the particular problem. Misdiagnosis will likely result in mistreatment.
In most of our lives, there has been a mixture of all three of these fields. However, these three distinctions are helpful in clarifying exactly where our real problems lie. For example, many people have been trying to unsuccessfully repent for a sin without realising that it has actually been a coping mechanism for some underlying pain or emotional wound. As we have discussed, repentance is non-negotiable - it needs to happen for the freedom to come - but without healing for underlying hurts, the chances of complete moral victory are very slim indeed.
God's Word searches us completely, scanning us in order that the Great Physician should diagnose our condition. God is able to distinguish sins of the flesh from wounds of the heart. With surgical precision, the divine scalpel of God's Spirit can pinpoint exactly where our problems lie. We need to know what sins need to be repented of and what the wounds are that need healing. This discernment is vital.
Is your thought life troubling you? Are you exhibiting emotional distress? Are there behavioural patterns that are getting out of your control? All these are indicative of the fact that something buried deep within you is broken. Proverbs 18:14 states that if our inner part is injured, the whole person will struggle: 'The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit?'.
The good news of Jesus Christ is that on the cross He not only bore our sins, but He also bore our brokenness and our sorrows. The wounds that Jesus our Saviour bore on the cross have the power to heal our wounds and human brokenness.
It's impossible for any of us to pass through this life without incurring wounds. We all have them, the question is: what do we do with them? Do we deny they exist? Do we ignore them, hoping they will disappear, only to find them raising their grotesque head later in life? Do we try to stupefy them with some thrill or addiction? Or do we bring them to the only One who can truly help us in our human brokenness - Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the human race?
Father, my sin and the sins of others against me have brought brokenness to my spirit, soul and body. Thank You that You sent Your Son Jesus into this world to be my Saviour, and when He died on the cross He bore all my pain and suffering. I believe that His wounds are sufficient to heal my wounds. I ask You to gently lead me on the path of revelation, showing me those parts that are broken and in need of Your healing touch. Father, I choose to trust You to apply Your healing to my wounds in the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.