Today I will be commencing a brand new series which the Holy Spirit has shown me is an important part of Biblical healing and deliverance and that is INNER HEALING.
There are so many scriptures in the Bible which speak about INNER HEALING and I asked the Holy Spirit for the right one to be the feature verse I will use for this series and he gave me one in particular but before I share it I want to say a few things about the importance of the Holy Bible in our lives.
Firstly you’ve got to understand that the Holy Bible is God’s Word. It’s written by His very breath upon people He inspired to record His very heart, mind, and plan of instructions for righteousness.
2 TIMOTHY 3:16 LIVING BIBLE The whole Bible was given to us by inspiration from God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realise what is wrong in our lives it straightens us out and helps us do what is right.
Secondly, you must understand that God’s Word has healing power contained in it. It’s a supernatural phenomenon that is difficult to understand in the natural because the Holy Bible is not a natural book. It is infused by the very nature and presence of the Holy Spirit.
PSALM 107:20 NKJV “He sent His Word and healed them and delivered them from their destructions.”
Thirdly and importantly as it relates to this new series on INNER HEALING. God’s Word is able to something no other text can and that is to penetrate our very spirit, soul and body of a person.
HEBREWS 4:12 NLT “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”
What I have in my hand is a scalpel for INNER HEALING.
ACTS 10:38 NKJV How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil for God was with Him.
You will notice that this text which was written by the Apostle Luke who was a physician says that Jesus HEALED those oppressed by the devil. You see to Luke healing and deliverance either from sickness or from demons were the same. To be healed is to be delivered and to be delivered is to be healed.
I have ministered to hundreds of people seeking healing and deliverance over the past 25 years and I can tell you that a huge part of ministry is related to INNER HURTS or INNER OPPRESSION.
I have also come to the conclusion that in most cases the demonisation is secondary to the INNER HURTS. In other words, breaking curses and casting out demons in most cases will only fix half the problem.
Let me explain it to you this way.
RATS WILL INFEST WHEREVER GARBAGE IS PRESENT. Removing the rats will not remove the garbage but if you remove the garbage the rats will go.
Now the rats are the demons and the garbage the inner hurts.
I can cast out the demons but if the inner hurts remain they will return and for this reason INNER HEALING is so important. INNER HEALING is the clearing away of the garbage, the defilement, the wounds, the trauma, the unresolved issues of the heart.
And I use the word garbage because in reality that is what these inner hurts are to our soul requiring cleansing.
2 CORINTHIANS 7:1 NLT Because have these promises dear friends let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body and spirit. Let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.
Also HEBREWS 12:15 NKJV Looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God lest any root of bitterness (pikria/poison) springing up cause trouble and by this many become defiled.
The process of looking to clean ourselves of any poison is INNER HEALING because as the name suggests it’s a healing that takes place within you. The deepest parts of you. The areas of your personality which include your mind and emotions that perhaps have become defiled, troubled or wounded.
I think you get the gist of this series and a definition of inner healing is probably not required but I’ll give you my definition of inner healing.
INNER HEALING is the process of bringing wholeness to a persons inner life spirit. soul and body.
It’s no different to a surgeon having to undertake surgery on a vital organ within your body. It can not be treated from the outside so surgery must be done on the inside only we are not talking about internal organs but a person’s SOUL.
1 THESSALONIANS 5:23 NKJV Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
INNER HEALING is not deliverance even though it may involve deliverance. INNER HEALING is more focused on HEALING the SOUL realm of the MIND, WILL & EMOTIONS.
Two experiences are vital: Your SALVATION and your FREEDOM.
You can be SAVED spiritually speaking but not FREE. You can be SAVED following Jesus and guaranteed a place in heaven but still live a life trapped in mental and or emotional bondage.
Yes, a Christian may be FREE from sin and yet still be suffering the consequences of sin. In this case the process of INNER HEALING is important.
Listen intently, take notes and if the Holy Spirit reveals something to you about your past make a note of it when you come to the altar for ministry.
I want us to start by praying a prayer to allow the Holy Spirit to begin His INNER HEALING in your life. Are you ready?
Heavenly Father I come to you with complete faith and trust in Jesus Christ Your Son. I know that You sovereign Lord are a healer and deliverer. I invite You Holy Spirit to come into my life and begin the process of healing, wholeness, renewing and restoration to my soul and I pray that I find peace within my mind, will and emotions in Jesus name Amen.
The SOUL is the second part of our being. The SOUL is made up of your Mind, Will and Emotions. Your mind is what you think, your will is what you choose and your emotions is what you feel.
Throughout the course of life the soul can become wounded, defiled and damaged through abuse, disappointment and rejection. These three areas would be the ones that cause the most harm but there are others that you would be able to testify to.
We can not see the SOUL but we know that it exists because we all think, choose and feel in life. We all have a mind, a will and emotions. We also know when the mind, will and emotions is damaged by the behaviour of the person.
One could say that an unblemished SOUL has become polluted and stained by sin and this pollution causes the soul to be damaged.
Very few people on planet earth have been able to evade some kind of damage to their soul. This is the garbage or rubbish that attracts the rats of demonic oppression because demons always attack the vulnerable and when you’re hurting you’re vulnerable.
Psychology uses the word ‘conscience’ for the soul because modern-day psychology does not recognise the spirit/soul as we do as Christians.
Psychology’s response to a ‘conscience’ that is disturbed would be the use of behavioural therapy but more often the use of medications. in times past they even used shock therapy and operations to remove parts of the brain.
For most people though who can not deal with the ‘conscience’ which has been disturbed will turn to alcohol and drugs to subdue the thoughts but this only temporary.
The Bible also speaks about the conscience being ‘seared’ as in a hot iron causing a surface to burn on a garment because it’s too hot.
1 TIMOTHY 4:1-2 NKJV
1 Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,
2 speaking lies in hypocrisy having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.
This is speaking about Christian’s who have allowed themselves to be deceived from the message of the Cross to their own version of Christianity which is not Biblical.
1 TIMOTHY 4:1-2 NLT
1 Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons.
2 These people are hypocrites and liars and their consciences are dead.
Conscience suneidesis 4893 to see in one’s mind with one’s self, to understand, perceive and comprehend, It basically means how you see yourself.
At the core of SOUL, healing is how you see yourself. This is a very critical statement and it’s the heart of INNER HEALING.
The way you see yourself will determine the way in which you will interact with the 3 most important elements of interpersonal relationships.
1. YOU – Inner hurts cause a person to dis-love themselves.
2. OTHERS – Inner hurts cause you to hurt others.
3. GOD – Inner hurts cause you to blame God.
Inner hurts will cause you to have an incorrect view of yourself, others and God. This falls into the category of UNGODLY BELIEFS which is one of the 4 main areas of focus for deliverance.
1. Sins of the fathers and generational curses.
2. Ungodly beliefs.
3. spirit/Soul hurts.
4. Demonic oppression.
The Holy Spirit has spoken to me clearly about this fact. Knowing that your sins are forgiven and you are made right with God is absolutely necessary and essential to receive INNER HEALING.
HEBREWS 9:14 NKJV How much more shall the Blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
The only way that you will reach that place of freedom is when you put your total and complete trust in the Blood of Jesus knowing that it was shed for the remission or removal of your sins and a defiled, wounded or damaged conscience!
MATTHEW 26:28 NKJV For this is My Blood of the New Covenant which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
INNER HEALING sees the Blood of Jesus as the healing elixir for the soul. You apply the Blood of Jesus over the memory or the thoughts and feelings that torment you by confessing them to the Lord and asking for his Blood to cleanse your conscience and you do it by faith.
We dedicate children by faith. We baptise people by faith. We have communion by faith. We anoint with oil by faith and we must learn how to apply the Blood of Jesus by faith over our conscience.
Abuse, trauma, hurt, and pain are all works of the devil. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil and restore His children to the fullness to which He created them to fulfill. When Jesus was here on earth, He went about doing the will of the Father in heaven and this included healing all who were oppressed of the devil.
There is a very powerful portion of scripture that is the basis for ALL HEALING and it’s found in the Book of JAMES 5:13-16 NKJV “Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church and let them pray over him anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another and pray for one another that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”
There is so much in this portion of scripture and it really lays the foundation for INNER HEALING of any kind post Cross of Christ. This is specific to the Church. It’s for a Christian’.
Verse 13 ‘Suffering? Let them pray’. The onus is on the individual to pray. To seek God. To petition and make a request. To pray through and not sit and be idle feeling sorry for yourself.
‘Suffering’ is the Greek word: kakopatheo to undergo hardship, to be afflicted, suffer trouble.
JAMES 5:13 LIVING BIBLE “Is anyone among you suffering? He should keep on praying about it. Now, this may go against how you are feeling but this is what are commanded to do. The natural tendency is to withdraw and go inward hoping it will disappear or change but actually God is allowing it to happen to draw us closer to Him.”
So many things can easily get in the way of our relationship with the Lord. It now goes from ‘suffering’ to ‘sickness’. Here the command is to call the Elders of the Church and have them pray over you anointing with oil.
This is a clear reference to ministry and it’s what we will do today right here at the altar.
Verse 15 is a command to the elders to ‘pray in faith’. To pray believing for the healing and not to be agreeing with the problem and certainly not in unbelief by saying ‘IF it’s God’s will’. Healing clearly is God’s will.
You will also notice it say’s ‘the Lord will raise Him up’. The healer is Jesus Christ and not the elder or minister administering the prayer. You must always look to Jesus. I’m just a conduit.
There is also clear reference to ‘sins being forgiven’ which is an indication that sin and sickness is closely connected. It’s the double curse SIN and SICKNESS but thank God for the double blessing of SALVATION and HEALING.
Verse 16 In this verse we have clear instructions on the power of confession or dialogue between the person seeking healing and the elder. This can also be taken to mean seeking out forgiveness from the person you have had an issue with.
Whichever way you look at it there is the inference that if some kind of trouble has occurred in your life it may be directly related to you being sick.
It goes on to reinforce the need to pray and to pray for each other and two pray with effective fervency whilst living righteously. One could view this as a formula and I believe the Bible has many promises and instructions that are like formulas that when applied they work.
That’s the power and reliability of the Word of God. We as Christians look to the CROSS, the BLOOD OF JESUS, the table of COMMUNION, the baptism of the HOLY SPIRIT, the anointing of OIL, the laying on of HOLY HANDS and PRAYER!
A wounded soul requiring INNER HEALING will usually fall into these 5 CENTRAL WOUNDS.
The 5 CENTRAL WOUNDS for INNER HEALING are:
1. REJECTION is a feeling of deep loss and judgment.
2. INJUSTICE is a feeling that something is taken from you.
3. ABANDONMENT is a feeling of isolation and loneliness.
4. BETRAYAL is a feeling of stolen trust and disregard.
5. HUMILIATION is a feeling of total shame.
I believe that the Holy Spirit would have me minster on each one of these central wounds over the next 5 weeks here at the altar beginning with REJECTION.
REJECTION this deep feeling of loss and judgment and by judgment I mean you believe that another person’s decision to cut you off is a blight against your very self.
You interpret the rejection as you not being good enough in some way which is a total lie. You must remember that rejection is only experienced when you elevate the opinion of others above God’s.
It’s also received when you interpret a personal choice of someone as being a judgment against you as a person when in fact it’s just another person deciding to exercise their free will.
If you can accept the choices that another person has made as nothing more than a decision based on their own desires or will for their own lives and not as a judgment against who you are then you will be able to keep rejection from becoming a wound in your soul. Someone saying ‘I don’t love you or want you’ say’s more about them than you.
I’m not saying it’s easy to accept but I am saying that with Christ and a renewed mind in God’s Word you will be able to see and celebrate your own self-worth and identity regardless of other people’s opinions or rejection of you.
But having said that the feelings of being REJECTED really hurt. They can hurt very deeply within our soul because nobody likes the feeling of being I suppose for the lack of a better word ‘cut off’.
A parent rejecting a child would be by far the most painful form of rejection. Then there are relationships, friends, not being selected, missing out, being overlooked I mean the list is endless.
Just remember it’s a choice based on themselves and not you because you equally have the power to accept and reject in your own life and we do it all the time.
You can accept or reject this message that’s your choice based on your free will. Now if my identity is based on your acceptance or rejection of my message than I’m setting myself up for trouble but if what matters the most is how God perceives me and I know I’ve heard from heaven then I can remain confident, content and cozy in God. I like that word cozy it just fits.
However, if you feel the pain of REJECTION than today’s ministry here at the altar is for you. A time to soak in God’s healing anointing but first you must be able to FORGIVE and FORGET those which have rejected you otherwise healing can not flow.
Forgiveness releases God’s Holy INNER HEALING power to soothe and heal the aching soul. We have plenty of tissue boxes at the altar so use this time to be set free in Christ.
IDENTIFY – RENOUNCE – FORGIVE – RELEASE – RECEIVE
I am believing for God’s healing and restoring power to flow into your lives today. I am going to ask for the Pastors to come forward and assist me in ministering to you today.