Friday, November 24, 2017
My heart has heard You say, “Come and talk with Me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Psa. 27:8 NLT
It may be helpful to view a time alone where one listens to God in hopes of experiencing inner healing as a two-way conversation with Jesus. In this conversation, the person would ask God a number of specific questions. After listening, it is important and helpful to jot down the impressions that come your way.
God is faithful to communicate with us through the impressions He brings to our hearts. God’s communication may be in the form of thoughts that come into the mind, words, pictures, emotions, ideas, or other means.
Sometimes the things that come to us when we seek to listen to God do not seem to answer the question that we asked. This is okay. It will be helpful to jot down the impressions that come even when they do not initially seem to make much sense.
Many of the conversations that people had with Jesus in the gospels were often not very linear. A person would ask a question and Jesus would often seem not to answer it. He knows where things need to go and so we seek to trust in Him with all of our hearts.
It will also be helpful to relax and not to put yourself under pressure. Listening prayer directed at inner healing is not about forcing yourself to come up with something or analyzing everything that has ever happened to you. Instead, it is a time of relaxing from self-effort, focusing in stillness on God, and allowing Him to gently communicate with you. It is something that God must do and so there is no pressure to perform or invent things. No one is on trial, we don’t have to make the process work. Ask God to calm any anxiety or preoccupation.
The "Inner Healing Guidelines" can be printed on card stock paper as a bookmark you can keep in your Bible or Quiet Time notebook. If you'd like to seek Inner Healing in a time alone with God, set aside an hour and a half to two hours in a quiet place where you wont be disturbed. Turn off your cell phone so you won't be interrupted.
In seeking inner healing, another possibility would be for two people to set aside 90 minutes to meet in a quiet place. One person could facilitate the inner healing process while the other person is the one receiving inner healing ministry.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3 NIV
For a more detailed explanation of this ministry in a time alone with God, or with the help of a facilitator, the book A Guide for Listening and Inner-Healing Prayer: Meeting God in the Broken Places (2011 NavPress - Tyndale House) was written and designed to be helpful tool. The book is available from Amazon.com, NavPress, Tyndale House or can be ordered from this blog.
Sunday, April 9, 2017
Saturday, March 4, 2017
I love the Eternal; for . So as long as I have breath, I will call on Him. Once I was wound in the wrappings of death; the terror of dying and the grave had a grip on me; I felt like I could not get away because I was entombed in distress and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the Eternal: “O Eternal One — I am begging You — save me!” And He graciously delivered me.
The Eternal is full of grace and naturally just; my God is compassionate and merciful. And the Eternal watches over the naive. Whenever I was knocked down, He reached down and saved me. . ~ Based on Psalm 107:1-7 Voice version of the Bible
Ever feel like your life has spun out of control, trapped, and like you've messed up so badly that things will never be the same? I have. In fact I seem to fall into this predicament on a somewhat regular basis.
I once read a quote somewhere that said "laid low to look high" (the title of this post). What was it that Jesus said to His disciples? "I am the grapevine, you are the branches. The one abiding in Me and I in him — this one bears much fruit. Because apart from Me, you can do nothing." ~ John 15:5 Disciples’ Literal New Testament. I need to be reminded that I am a but a branch who needs to abide and draw my strength from the True Vine.
In the US we have an important document we call the "Declaration of Independence." However the key to walking triumphantly as a disciple of Jesus Christ is one of determined dependence. Have you you fully entered into your day by day and moment by moment "Declaration of Dependence" upon the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit? If you haven't, why not talk to God right now and fully yield to this reality today?
Sunday, February 5, 2017
Last week in Colorado Springs we had a dusting of snow that coated the trees that surround my home with white for a couple of days. It was so beautiful ~ I had to take a picture of it (above). Everything looked so clean and renewed.
In 1974 there was a song by singer Evie Tornquist Karlsson with the title "Clean Before the Lord I Stand." My favorite line in the song was "Clean before my Lord I stand and in me not one blemish does He see." Click here to listen to this song on YouTube.
But how do we see ourselves as we live our day to day lives? Have you ever tuned into your self-talk? Like when you can't find the car keys, your wallet, or purse, what do you end up thinking or saying about yourself deep inside? If you're like me, it might be some nurturing words like you idiot, can't you do anything right. Or when you make a mistake on something that's important to you like giving a speech, leading a Sunday school class, or praying out loud amidst a group of people ... what are the thoughts that run through your heart and mind. That just shows what a loser I am ... I just can't seem to do anything right!
But how does God see you and me? Colossians 1:22 tells us But now He has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in His sight, without blemish and free from accusation (NIV).
Psalm 32:1,2 and 7 explain Blessed is the one whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed is the one whose sin the Lord does not count against them ... You are my hiding place; You will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance NIV.
Zephaniah 3:17 serves as the icing on the cake: For the LORD your God is living among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With His love, He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs NLT.
How about you? I'd love to hear your thoughts about this topic. Drop me a note at email@example.com
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Please watch this video rendition of the Casting Crowns song “Set Me Free" by clicking on the below image:
The above song by Casting Crowns indicates that Jesus can set us free from the things that we may currently be captive to. Please ask Jesus the following three questions. Write down what He reveals to you on a piece of paper.
1. What areas has Jesus freed you from?
2. What area(s) of captivity would you like Him to liberate you from?
3. How will you go about securing the freedom Jesus promises?
Please send your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org
Let me know if I can anonymously post your answers to encourage others.
Sunday, January 1, 2017
~ June Sparks ~
Thanks for sharing your story, June!
Thanks for sharing your story, June!