We all have a past. Some worst than others. The bible says “We all sin and fall short,” (Romans 3:23) and we all have. As we get older we begin to may be move on from our pasts physically, and let that former sin go. But in some way people are still attached. Still bound and, and still dictated by what they went through. In different ways it begins to show. In relationships, how we speak to others and handle situations. We want so bad to heal and move on, but many times we don’t know where to start. And its okay to not be okay. The good news is, there is hope, and a God who is able and bigger than what it is your going through.
Blame is put on others for our hurt, when in reality it is our responsibility to heal. Healing takes time, and I know this first hand. I have had my fair share of hurt and when God began to heal and work through me it was PAINFUL! But healing couldn’t have begun until I gave God permission and complete surrenderance to do so.
I have had to deal with my own hurt and healing. Knowing God had a plan and a purpose for me, I also knew He was telling me specific things that had to be dealt with and brought to the light first , before walking in that purpose. From there came months of pruning,crying healing, transformation and renewal. Just like the conversation Jesus had with the invalid man, Jesus had with me. “Do you want to get well?” Yes! I did! “Then get up and walk!”
In John 5 there was a man laying near a pool is Bethseda who had been sick for 38 years waiting for his turn for healing. Jesus seen this man and asked him, Do you want to get well?” The man told Him he couldn’t because no one has helped him. Jesus then told the man, “Get up and walk”.
The Invalid man felt completely helpless and probably hopeless. Much like we do. We feel as though there is no way out, especially with emotional and mental hurt. We may also feel like our healing is someone else’s responsibility. Many times we don’t know where to start even if we are ready to begin the healing process. So we stay in this bubble of pain. God’s desire is not for us to live a life of hurt, guilt, or shame. He wants to give us a life we have never imagined for our self. The only problem is, He wants us to heal first. Baggage can’t come.
While God is not a God who would force Himself on us, He does however, want us, His children, to seek Him for help, and all the while He IS waiting for us to invite Him into to our deepest hurts so He can then begin to minister to it. By no means is it easy, but it is absolutely worth it! I get it, there is comfort in the past and how we feel. Being afraid of the unknown is enough to paralyze us and keep us in bondage, but the day Jesus was nailed to the cross was the same day He scorned your shame, and your guilt, and your hurt. (Hebrews 12:2)
We have to have faith and trust God will do what He says He will. Trust that God put those situations in your life for a reason. He never wastes a hurt. Your depression, addiction, past abortion, abuse and future healing is a testimony for someone else to get through what they are dealing with. So really, your healing may have someone elses name on it. God will use it. My prayer for you all reading this is that you will take that step of faith and be obedient to what God is telling you to do. Humbly get quiet before the Lord, you may just hear Him tell you “Get up, and walk!”
Love and Blessings.