we are to “work out
our salvation with fear and trembling” (Philippians 3).
The root word for salvation means
“to become whole; to
become healed”. Wholeness and healing encompass much
more than a surface assessment of current pain and/or
comfort have long been the standard for ministering healing.
While they are important and appropriate, standing
alone, they are incomplete.
We have been guilty of
the wound of my
people lightly, saying peace, peace when there
is no peace”.
We must ask
ourselves do we want the
“balm of Gilead”- a
long-term change agent?
Or will we be satisfied with a
salve – a temporary
remedy? If we are
going to “lay the axe
to the roots” (Luke 3:9) and go after deep level causes
of our pain, we must be willing to go the heart of the
We need to uncover structures, patterns, habits, perceptions and thinking that underlie and motivate current behaviors. These deeply imbedded structures have developed over time and may have their origins in early childhood, generational sins/curses, emotional hurts and wounding, various ungodly beliefs (inner vows, bitter root judgments/expectations) or even demonic oppression, not to mention our own sin nature.
If we truly desire
to lay claim to what is promised in scripture, mere
awareness is not enough.
v “recover our sight” (John 9:25)
“be set free…be
transformed” (Colossians 3:5)
v “forgive and you will be forgiven” ( Luke 6:37 )
“see to it no root
of bitterness springs up” (Hebrews 12:5)
“first clean the
inside of the cup” (Matthew 23:25)
“judge not that we
should not be judged” (Luke 6:37)
“not be put to
shame” (I Peter 2:6)
v “honor father and mother, so it may go well with us” ( Exodus 20:12)
Cognitive approaches that enlighten our understanding illumine the problem. A problem-centered approach ignores the fact that sin, our’s and other’s, is the root of the problem – not hurts, wounds or shame. We must be willing to submit our hearts to a process that is open to conviction, facilitates forgiveness, death of these inner structures on the cross and rebirth by the regenerating power of God’s Holy Spirit.
If the heart has
not been effectively
dealt with from a comprehensive and integrated approach as
described above, true sanctification has been
short-circuited. Deeply rooted inner structures escape the
deathblow of the cross of Christ, and we continue as a
people who desire temporal solutions more than we desire
Transformation comes through brokenness. The bread that fed the multitudes first had to be broken before it could be shared. Our personal experience of ministry received reflects a law of life. Can a stalk of corn produce an ear unless it first receives life from the parent seed. It‘s the principle of abiding, love absorbed and healing received. As we have our soul-hunger satisfied, then we can go forth with a full basket.
As we are talking
to others about their story, we are forced to look at our
story and realize they are parallel in deeply meaningful
ways. Sometimes you are addressing issues not yet addressed
in your life. Through
it, we come to know we aren’t healers or fixers, just fellow
strugglers who join with others in the pursuit of God.
Copyright Carlotta Waldmann
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