Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Healing the Wounded Soul - Spiritual Housecleaning
Today I'd like to give a little insight about how our souls can become wounded and be an access point for the enemy on this episode of hearingGod.
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." Psalm 147:3
Wounding is a very deep issue… I can't say I've even grasped the depth of it myself, but what little I've learned has pushed me light-years ahead in the process of Spiritual Housecleaning… so, I definitely want to share even the smallest of gold flakes in the bottom of my miner's pan with you!
"My son, be attentive to my words;
incline your ear to my sayings.
Let them not escape from your sight;
keep them within your heart.
For they are life to those who find them,
and healing to all their flesh.
Keep your heart with all vigilance,
for from it flow the springs of life."
Let me give you a scenario to flesh it out. Let's say we've got two boys that are playing a heated video game and they can't agree on what they want to do next so a fight ensues. Name calling… one shuts the game off and storms off… the other one is really ticked off because the game hadn't saved and it's all for loss and begins to have a cow about it. This is a recurrent cycle where the one boy will purposefully shoot them both in the foot and not care, but the other one is left raving mad, truly believing the other one hates him-- vocally accusing him of that and his prayers are to the tune of "fix him, Lord".
I did a teaching not too long ago called "Righteous Indignation - the Wounded Offense" … I'm bringing this up because it's got this same kind of overlap, in that a person is notably wronged but then behaves badly after the fact with an end result that doesn't line up with the scriptures. Let me share a past personal experience to flesh this out some more...
The kids are ripping the house apart, not listening to me… I'm not feeling well and all I asked was for some peace and quiet. A wounding in my soul of not feeling listened to, that goes all the way back from my childhood, is triggered. I storm out of my bedroom… flip a chair over, screaming at the kids to 'STOP'… storm back into my room and then cry "why do THEY do this to me?".
Can you begin to see the element of the 'Blame Game' here? But then what is the fruit that was wrong? Screaming? Flipping a chair? Then storming off to direct my prayers of 'fix THEM'. But it's not them… the problem was ME. The problem is an access point from the childhood wound where I hadn't felt listened to. This also ties into the program called: "Spiritual Housecleaning - Negative Confessions, Inner Vows & Curses" that I did as well, because by that wounding and believing and repeating the lie of 'nobody ever listens to me'… the wound is anchored… the door is wide open for the enemy whenever the conditions are 'just right' for sneaking in that wounded spot.
How does this seem fair, if others push me down a path…. wronging me…. I behave badly, and it's not really them but it's MY issue? Kinda hard to swallow a? But it's by their fruits you shall know them. Quit looking and blaming others while maintaining a blind eye with yourself!
How does this work then? Okay… say you're at the mall and you get out of your car to see a neighboring vehicle's door open and slam into yours. Let's not look at this as an insurance issue, but in forgiveness. You may have forgiven the offender for having put the dent there… but in the soul that dent or wound is still there until you allow Jesus to patch it. How do you know if it's healed or not? Do you manifest bad fruit? Remember, it doesn't matter if you are wronged unjustly… are you siding with the enemy in thought or in deed? Does this dent ride you like a chip on your shoulder that is visible enough for others to notice and be effected by it?
This leads into a deeper study of what I called a 'Negative Projection' from the "Spiritual Housecleaning - Negative Confessions, Inner Vows & Curses" program I had mentioned earlier. If you watched it, you'll recall my asking, "Ever 'pick on ' a person or bring up a 'subject' that is damaging to an individual and not know 'why'? You're 'picking up' on their negative projection."…. Well, it's the dent or wound in a person's soul that holds this pit that the enemy can cling to. The easiest way to describe this, is as it being akin to wearing a 'kick me' sign.
Remember my story with the two boys? Guess which one is wearing the 'kick me' sign, and you can bet the other one is reading that sign. We need not only learn to patch up these dents/fill up these holes, but we need to grow in spiritual maturity and quit jumping in on the blame game but instead always see the source is not the person but either our own 'kick me' sign or their wounds. You know I can't recite "Forgive them Father, for they know not what they do"…enough.
I want to share another example with you so you can really begin to move beyond a defensive player in this life… so that you can begin to use your discernment muscle and become a healing vessel for Jesus in this world. This real example is not pleasant but I must share with you because you need to learn to discern the big picture. To seek cause and effect so that you will be one to go after the root and get the wounds in your own life healed and also, so you can be effective in helping others.
The example I'm using is not a 'Christian'. Within the past year or so, within a small town, Mr. ABC has been at bars, and parties and other men expose themselves to him and chase after him. It's just not one individual tormenting him either. Now why must I share this awful information? Because that was the 'Effect'. That is the 'kick me' sign this guy is wearing. The 'Cause' is actually a deep wounding all the way from elementary school in which a school faculty member molested him and a couple other boys. You can bury, you can hide… you can try and run away, but spirit knows spirit… and if Jesus isn't filling the hole, the 'kick me' sign is only covering it!
"For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal, declares the Lord…"
Spiritual Housecleaning is rummaging through all the halls and rooms of your soul and getting rid of all the junk, fixing what is broken and replacing that which had been stolen. Dealing with wounds…with traumatic experiences are best met with a pen in hand and a sieve under your mind as you strain to recall any hurt, pain, disappointment, abuse, shame… you name it….you best be journaling it! Then, in considering each issue…being frank with your real feelings and beliefs about the matter laid bare so you can examine what you've allowed to become as a curse in your life through negative confessions or inner vows, then any lies that you've believed you must repent and reprogram your mind with the Truth from the Word of God.
Many people find visualization a very valuable tool in the healing process, which is essentially meditating and re-living that moment but inviting Jesus into the scene with you. Asking Him where He was in all of it and allowing the Holy Spirit to minister as you surrender that moment and invite Jesus to heal the wound from it's source!
"He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed." 1 Peter 2:24
Healing wounds in the soul can take some time, especially if that room in our soul needs a complete renovation… but don't lose heart. Deprogramming…. Rebooting…. Reprogramming… it will come so long as you begin to move on the offense as well as understanding the defense in chasing after God. The bride is one that is continually being prepared…. improving…getting out every spot to be the best we can be.
More Soul-wound information: http://www.sidroth.org/site/News2?page=NewsArticle&id=9065
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