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4/3. Jesus is the Great Healing

In our first two posts, we discussed some of the Christian Foundation teachings in The Psychology of Jesus.  We saw how only Jesus introduced Creator God, Jehovah as ‘Abba Father’.  Many people claim to have pathways to God but only Jesus invited us to know God as Father.

Being born in the image of Adam and Eve has guaranteed that we all experience pain on our earthly journey; it is unavoidable.  …..but then, how do we handle this pain when it comes?  Do we continue to use ungodly coping methods or do we find His principles, which lead us to growth?  We want the second option, but how do we get there?

In this post, we continue the topic of the Psychology of Jesus and good Biblical health.  We shall examine the basics on what Christians call ‘Inner healing’ – both how and why this practice has brought great peace and release into untold thousands and thousands of people’s in this world.  So join us as we explore Father God’s way of bringing healing into a broken and needy world.

 

A.  JESUS IS THE REFLECTION OF FATHER GOD

One of the most important parts of Jesus’ message to the world around Him was His picture of Father God, John 14:6-11.  We might emphasize the Holy Spirit, whose work it is to “glorify Jesus”, John 15:26.  However, both the Son and the Holy Spirit point back to the Father.  It is Father God’s plan that is being carried out, His ‘vision’ , plans and His purposes.  (John 3:13-21, 3:33-36, 17:3, 1 Corinthians 15:12-28, 2 Corinthians 5:19, Ephesians 3:1-15)

If you are struggling with the ultimate purposes of God, then you have probably asked the ultimate question:  Why does God allow such pain and misery into His creation if He really is a God of love?  You must find His answers for your own life’s journey.  God’s answers build up the trust and peace that allow our faith to be activated into His plan.  This searching is part of the inner healing journey.  The plan we find recorded in the Bible must include principles for Restoration to Father God.

 

B.  LEVELS OF CONSCIOUSNESS

 1.  Our amazing mind

 In His loving mercy, Creator God has created the human mind with the ability to blank out, to shut down when pain and trauma become too great.  A mental and emotional ‘fuse’ blows when the circuits are overloaded.  However, it is this same ‘shutting down’ process that can stop healing from happening.

2.  “Time heals all wounds” – or does it?

Certainly many ‘wounds’ do heal with understanding, time and insight. However, sometimes the mind handles traumatic, intense wounds by allowing them to sink from conscious memory.

These memories may become so repressed and infected, that ‘time’ alone cannot heal them.  In these cases, the pain ‘remains alive’ and real for 10, 20 even 30 years later.  Along with the memories, our mental computer has also recorded the feelings – positive or negative – about those events.

3.  We have three levels of memory

            a)  Our conscious memories – the thoughts that we are aware of as we go through our day.

            b)  The subconscious mind – all the things we can remember, including facts, dates, names and so on that we can recall into our consciousness. 

            c)  The unconscious mind – the submerged memories of experiences that we can no longer remember consciously.  Although this part of our memory may be ‘buried’, it still has a tremendous influence over our day-to-day living.

        4.  The ‘iceberg’ of our awareness

            a)  The three consciousness levels are much like an iceberg.  The conscious and subconscious memories are like the tip of this iceberg. 

            b)  The unconscious section of our mind is the largest part.  It floats under the  ‘water’, hidden from sight.  We may be unaware of its existence but we cannot avoid running into it or feeling its presence in our life.

            c)  One past experience is not isolated from other events.  Everyday living can ‘trigger-off’ the same reaction when in similar circumstances to the first event.  There is an accumulative effect from all the experiences and events we have inherited and acquired.  Good experiences continue to have a good effect on us while bad effects also continue to influence us today.

            d)  Much of today’s physical illness is greatly influenced by our mental and emotional health.  Holding vast quantities of painful, traumatic memories in   the unconscious causes inner disturbances to our physical body.  The ‘outside’ physical symptoms are often the reflections of what is happening on the   ‘inside’. 

We must pay attention to God’s messages in order to catch the mental and emotional signals before they are transferred into our body.   Then ‘Psychosomatic’ illness result.

 

C.  WHAT IS ‘INNER HEALING?

1.  The theory behind the inner healing concept

In recent years, both secular psychiatrists and Christian counsellors have been stressing the importance of a process called “the healing of the memories” or inner healing.  The process is based on the psychoanalytical concept that many of us have repressed and buried painful memories.

These past memories continue to reach out from the unconscious mind and affect our conscious feelings and behaviour today.  The goal is to allow these memories into the realm of conscious awareness, experience them, release them and then get on with life.

We have all had painful memories we have tried to push out of our minds.  For some, these memories can become infected and turn inwards, becoming worse, often spreading to other areas.  In severe situations, dissociation and ‘splitting’ can happen, adding deeper personality issues to resolve.  A tremendous amount of emotional and spiritual energy goes into keeping those memories in their hiding place.

2.  It takes emotional energy to repress memories

The process of repression is like someone trying to hold fifty corks under water.  They may succeed for a while but eventually, as their energy runs out, the corks pop up to the surface.  The harder we try to keep bad memories out of our conscious recall, the more powerful they can become.

These painful memories can remain from any stage of child development – antenatal, childhood, teen years or into adulthood.  If we do not allow the healthy process of healing, some of these memories can attack the body’s health.  The pain may later appear as some physical illness or some cycle of spiritual defeat.

We treat physical accidents by sending someone off to the hospital.  What about the emotional and spiritual trauma they still feel?  Any events of trauma, such as:  points of violence, perversions, occult activities, ungodly sexuality, soul ties, physical accidents, intense grief, fears or personal tragedies – will leave behind brokenness, both emotionally and spiritually.  Such unresolved areas can become the ‘doors’ where the enemy can still touch our life.

3.  Allowing Jesus into the inner pain

The essence of inner healing is to allow a loving, understanding Jesus to touch and heal those ‘unconscious memories’.  As we confront, work through our emotions and bring a resolution to these repressed, infected memories, Jesus can bring wholeness.

4.  Some examples of unconscious reactions

            a)  Susan and her encounter with the beehive at six.

            (…..being given too much responsibility as a young child)

“When I was 6 years old, we stayed a lot with my grandparents.  One day, my 4 year old brother and I were exploring the land behind the old shed and we stepped on a wasp’s next.  My first reaction – as any child’s would be – was to away, back to the house for safety. 

“However, when I reached the front door with bees buzzing around me, I was met with the angry response: ‘Where is your brother?’  I took in those accusing words and a ‘generational’ false sense of responsibility for him from that day forward.

“I had to work through many layers to receive healing for that little ‘innocent’ 6 year old girl that I was.  Responsibility: Right off the bat, the Lord said the first line of responsibility was my grandfather’s as he hadn’t removed the wasp’s nest.  Next was my grandmother and mother – why were they allowing two little children to roam without knowing where we were?  The Lord said that my responsibility boiled down to only 2% in going where I didn’t have permission.”

            b)  ‘Gail’ and the scratch on her car.

            (….fear of an abusive grandmother triggered fear of her husband’s reactions)

 “Gail and her husband has saved and saved to buy their first new car.  One day as Gail was backing up, she was too close to the garden gate and put a ‘tiny’ scratch on the rear bumper.  She lived in fear and terror that her husband would discover the scratch and finally worked up enough courage to tell him.

“His reaction – more concerned that she wasn’t hurt or the gate broken than to accurse her with anger as she had expected…..but the whole over-reaction to the small scratch bother Gail.  She went for Prayer Ministry and saw herself as a 5 year old, hiding behind her very emotionally abusive grandmother’s couch – doing what?  Out of her fear and anger at her grandmother, Gail was scratching the back of the couch with a nail.  Of course, when her grandmother did find her, there was twice the usual physical and verbal abuse.”

Can you see how the events of the past can still re-surface and cause us pain and reaction in our world today?

 

D.  THE BIBLICAL BASIS FOR INNER HEALING

1.  We are encouraged to “put away childish things”, true.

In 1 Corinthians 13:11, Paul uses strong words in his thought on moving from childhood things into adult understandings.  ‘Katergeo’ means “……to render inoperative, inactive, or powerless, to remove the meaning and significance from, to be free from that which has been keeping one bound or tied up.”  He is urging us to move beyond childish ways of thinking about events and the hurts in our own life.

However, maturity does not simply come as we grow older.  Counsellors often see people in 40-year-old body, yet on the inside, their hang-ups, painful memories and reoccurring traumas keep them at age 5.

            Here is an example of how this can happen:

“Marty was the fifth child of a very rambunctious family.  One day mother snapped and grabbed Marty by the back of his shirt and dragged him outside.  She threw him down on the chopping block and said: ‘I’ll do to you what we do to the chickens if you don’t behave!’” 

At that moment, all the healthy emotional life of a five year old was crushed.  He believed that to show emotions and have fun meant….what they did to the chickens!  Can you think of the layers he had to work through from this one event?  …..to start with, releasing his emotions, fear of females, etc.

People who have never faced their painful memories or been ‘loosed from them’ are still hung up at a certain age and therefore cannot “… leave behind childhood things…”.  When we get traumatised, a part of us is frozen and stops healthy growth.  We can be ‘stuck’ at a certain stage in development.

2.  Jesus Christ came to bring us ‘total salvation’

The Greek word for salvation is ‘solteria’ which means “……to bring safety, security, deliverance and wholeness“.  We usually apply this word when talking about basic salvation, but this promise means much more.

Anything that robs our peace denies Jesus’ ability to help us.  We will lose our peace anytime we are in a reaction that we cannot control or stop.  Hidden half-truths and lies keep our reactions bubbling in our heart.

3.  Only God’s patterns bring release

Repentance patterns must be based on Truth, rather than ‘sin oriented theology’ that exhort us to “Just try harder not to sin again”.

Finding the half-truth that keeps us in that ‘sin cycle’ is essential.  Renewing the mind with Jesus’ Truth is important.  Time and time again, counsellors have seen the point where wholeness comes – when the client gets healing where trauma blocked growth.

The half-lie of ‘hyper faith’ is also a blockage to inner healing. 

(‘Katrina’s example with stairs.) 

Katrina was in her late 40’s when she can to see me with an over-reaction and irrational (to her and others) fear of climbing stairs.  She would recite prayers, Bible verses and almost break her daughter’s arm as she climbed the escalators in the shopping centre – all without much release from the fear.  The worst kinds of experiences were with the stairs that you could see under.

As we asked the Holy Spirit to take her to the place where her heart had kept the trauma, she burst into tears.  She saw herself as a 6 year old girl climbing the open stairs in her parent’s old house.  As she watched her picture, someone grabbed her through ankle the stairs, dragging her down and sexually abusing her.  This was a total buried event and only with the Lord’s help could she work through the deeply buried memory.

We are not saying, faith-building Biblical self-talk is not important or necessary, but for Katrina, it was the hidden event that triggered the strong fears.

4.  A Biblical example of inner healing

John 18:18 shows us the way Jesus handled Peter’s denial and his restoration.  A second event with a ‘charcoal fire’ helped Peter work through his painful memory of denying Christ.  By setting the same scene, Jesus forced Peter to relive his experience in order to bring understanding, restoration and healing.  We can see other examples throughout the New Testament. 

We have a loving Father God who wants us to know that ‘solteria’ so we can know peace and joy…to have that more abundant life He promised His followers.  Do you have that life?

Join us as we continue this discussion on Inner Healing in our next post as we talked about the actual journey we need to take to get ‘unstuck the broken parts’ in us as the Lord Jesus intended.  How do you do that and grow again?

Susanne Fengler, Blog Author

www.hearinggod.mentorsnotebook.com/blog

        

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