Christ-centered emotional healing can help clear the inner clutter

Most of the people I work with are experiencing a lot of emotional pain which keeps them from getting organized. Often, many “buttons” get pushed when people are in the process of sorting things out. Therefore, if people can heal those inner wounds, I think it would be easier for people to tackle the job of organizing. I hope that this information can help Christians to heal their inner wounds which are like inner clutter,  and thus be freed up to clear their outer clutter.

The following is an excerpt from an article which can be found here

You can also find more information at this website which is very informative. www.meadowshealingprayercenter.com

Theophostic prayer is a Spirit-led process by which a Theophostic Prayer Minister asks the ministry recipient focus on their current emotional pain as well as any physical feelings in the body or images that come to mind. For example, I might recommend the person close their eyes to help them focus on their painful emotions for a few minutes while I briefly pray and invite the Holy Spirit into the session. I have them tune in to their emotional pain and physical sensations such as body tension and tightness. When anyone experiences emotional pain in the present often they are having emotional and sometimes physical memories that are triggered by current life situations, which might be related to conflicts in family, work place, or even in church or other areas of day to day life. Where a person is OVERREACTING, is probably a place where they are being triggered and the mind is activating painful emotions rooted in a former unresolved conflict of past memories. In fact, it can be anything in life that causes a strong emotional reaction or overreaction that is more than the present circumstance warrants. I call this being triggered.

When we are being emotionally triggered, the reaction is from that experiential room or part of our mind letting us know that the present situation FEELS familiar. Typically, day to day when triggered, we do not make a connection to past events. We just feel bad in the here and now. We may project our feelings onto others and blame them for our reaction. Most of us have developed coping techniques and defense mechanisms that help us bury, suppress, and avoid our pain. Many compulsive addictive behaviors are used to cover or numb out. Alcohol, drugs, eating disorders, work, and sex are often used to cover pain. Although it looks good on the surface, even “working for the Lord” can become compulsive if the inner motivation is denial and avoidance of one’s personal problems and emotional pain. An example would be people who are always at church events in an out of balance way, while neglecting their own family. The greater the past hurts the more likely we are to bury, suppress, repress, defend, dissociate, or numb out our emotional pain.

God wants more for our lives than to be forgiven or to just intellectually know we are loved and of great worth, value, and dignity. He wants us to experience being forgiven and to know deep down who we are in Christ and to walk in the fullness of our destiny, purpose, and life’s calling. Only when our hearts are touched and transformed and our minds renewed does real breakthrough take place. In Isaiah 61, we see God’s purpose in coming to earth and in restoring His children from the effects of sin. The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners; to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, to grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting so they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified. (Isaiah 61:1-3 NASB)

We know from this and other scriptures that the Lord desires for His children a deeper, fuller and richer salvation. He longs for us to be healed, delivered, and our minds renewed. In order for us to receive His comfort we must mourn or in other words, stop managing our pain and feel it. In the healing process we must allow our minds to go to the memory places that contain our lie-based thinking. In a healing prayer session I do not ever suggest memory content as a prayer facilitator. I just help the individual to feel and stay connected to their pain and to stay out of that logical room of their mind; I encourage them to go to the memories that emerge and then ask questions about their painful emotions in order to help them discover their own lie-based thinking.

For example, I might ask: “What are you feeling as seven- year-old Susie when Dad left you and Mom for another woman and you did not see him much after that?” If she responds, I feel scared, I might ask, “Why do you feel scared?” Because Dad is not there to protect me and I feel insecure, lonely and sad. “Why do you feel that?” I feel sad because I’m all alone and like I’m not important any more to Dad. I’m not a priority, I don’t matter and I feel unloved. “Is there anything else you feel Susie?” Yes, I feel guilty. “Why do you feel guilty?” Because they always argued about me. “What does little Susie in that memory believe about that?”

I assume that Susie knows logically as a 40-year-old adult and a Christian that these core beliefs about her are not true; however, in the memory as that 7-year-old girl it feels like her parent’s arguments about her and Dad’s leaving were her fault. Susie like most of us can logically know the truth but not be free. Therefore, Susie walks through life feeling unlovable, guilty, and overly responsible and insecure.

After a person feels through the memory, I would help them identify the beliefs or lies that feel true to them in the memories. I would then have them embrace the lie, feel the pain, and then ask Jesus to reveal His truth to the lie-based thinking in order to bring His Light into their darkness of core belief. Jesus is not revealing truth like you or I might reveal truth to someone. JESUS IS TRUTH and scriptures say He is the Spirit of truth.

In the Healing Prayer process it is not enough to just recall the memory like we normally do when remembering the past; instead, it is important to feel through the memory. In doing so, I have them feel the painful emotion and embrace the lies and ask Jesus to reveal truth in the memory container. When the Lord reveals truth at the memory level a tremendous breakthrough takes place. When they receive Jesus’ truth the pain leaves and freedom and peace settle into the memories that are visited. As one’s mind is renewed in the memory container the feelings and triggers start to subside and a deep abiding peace and freedom emerges in one’s present circumstances.

I am not suggesting a quick fix or that one prayer and all life’s problems are solved and all the symptoms diminished. We have thousands if not millions of memory events in our past. The good news is we do not have to visit them all and none of us will be totally free until we are in Heaven with Jesus. However, if we will listen to what our painful triggers have been trying to show us over the years and allow the Holy Spirit of God, who thoroughly knows every minute detail of our lives, to reveal His truth, then the lies that form our core lie-based beliefs and prevent us from really being able to walk in His truth will start be removed. Only then can we find real freedom and peace. Hallelujah!

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