Ok, stay with me.
This morning, alone in a hotel room, I turned on Joyce Meyer and heard an awesome testimony of a young woman who endured years of sexual abuse.
She said something that hit a chord in me. However, in this moment, I cannot remember it. But it's in my spirit. I know it.
So, I'm going to type, trusting The Holy Spirit to bring it to life. For me and maybe for you.
How does one become whole and healthy after enduring years of sexual abuse?How does one become healed - totally and completely with no residue?
How does one become whole and healthy after betrayal?
How does one become whole and healthy after hurts so deep it seems to cut you in two?
Here's where we get to the "Eals".
Feel. Reveal. Deal. Heal.
We must allow ourselves to feel the emotions that situation, sin, or addiction carries within us, no matter how difficult or tramautic. We should not, cannot, stuff the emotions if we want to heal. No matter how painful. This where you acknowledge truth to yourself.
Then we must reveal the secret, problem, or sin. It must be acknowledged. First to The LORD. Second to someone trustworthy. A confidante. Dr. Phil is famous for his words, "You can not change what you don't acknowledge." Muster up the courage to speak it out loud. Tell someone. You are on your way to being healed. This is where you acknowledge truth to God and others.
We must be ready to deal with it in terms of getting counseling or having someone pray over us, going to an awesome Bible-based program such as Victorious Overcomers, etc. This is where you acknowledge truth that was once a secret and held you in bondage to it. It's no longer a secret and the chains of bondage have been opened for you to get free. But, you must make the decision to see this process through.
My own inner healings took years to work through. One step, one stage at a time. But, the reward was freedom, transformation, wholeness, and health.
Heal = freedom, transformation, wholeness, and health.Jesus came to heal the broken, the hurting, the devastated, the sorrowful, the angry, the bruised, the demon-possessed, the addicted. He can only do so though if we allow ourselves to feel, reveal, and deal. When we trust Him enough to go through those three stages, we will come through to the final stage transformed, whole, healthy, and free.
Secrets are to bondage, as truth is to freedom.
I'll shout it a little louder this time: Secrets are to bondage, as truth is to freedom.
And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. ~ Jesus Christ, as recorded in John 8:32
May you and I trust The LORD enough to allow the "eals" in our lives. If anyone wants to share briefly how they have walked through the "eals" process to give God Glory, please do so! Testimonies are powerful tools The Holy Spirit uses for His Body of Christ to be exhorted and encouraged and to find the courage to go through the process for themselves. Please share.
Because of Him and Unto Him,