Monday, January 25, 2016

5 Practical Tips to Help You Heal

Because we all feel pain sometimes.

1. Locate and secure your source of joy.

Your joy comes from the Lord. Sometimes, however, when we experience pain, there is a fine line between being hurt by something beyond our control and hurting because we accidentally made a person or situation our source of joy.

Our source of joy is not our relationships, our families, our jobs, our businesses, our education or whatever else simply "brings" us joy. So though we will surely feel pain, we have to continuously remind ourselves that our joy is indeed in the Lord.

The joy of the Lord heals. So locate, secure and reinforce your source of joy, then when you are legitimately feeling pain (and you will) the joy in your heart will lead you to healing.

• A joyful heart is good medicinebut a crushed spirit dries up the bones. •
(Proverbs 17:22 ESV)

2. Do not repay with evil.

When someone hurts you it can be extremely tempting to hurt them back or even go around trying to prove your innocence to people.

We must refuse to lean on our own understanding and turn from evil, because it is then that we will be healed. If you keep falling in the same area, be prepared to go through it again and again until you learn to repent and accept dependence on the Lord.

• Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. •
(Proverbs 3:5-8 ESV)

3. Be honest.

The truth never, ever breaks its promise to ultimately set us free. We have to find out exactly where we were hurt and hand that burden over to the Lord. Continuing to hold it will only keep us in bondage.

Honesty is a major key because our minds can be filtered by endless lies and accusations. We have to rebuke those lies and know the truth. Sometimes you have to tell the enemy how you really feel.

(I just wrote an entire post on honesty, so I won't expand on this too much. Check the post out here!)

• And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. • (John 8:32 ESV)

4. Make a verse real to you.

When is the last time one of God's promises has actually been...well...real to you?

Look up a verse that relates to your situation, memorize it, meditate on it and ask God to bring it to life for you.

Sometimes I just say, "God, I need Your word to breathe because I honestly don't have a lot left in me and if I stop breathing, at least one of us has to get these dry bones moving again. I'm all out of strength. I can't do this. I don't want to do this. Breathe for me."

It may sound dramatic but that's what pain does. And I'm sorry but I don't serve a God who is ALIVE, to just sit around trying to do this on my own.

• For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. •
(Hebrews 4:12)

5. Make healthy lifestyle choices.

This one can easily be overlooked. In the world, they might tell us to work out and look our best to overcome hurt, but in the Body of Christ we know that this too is vanity. However, I will not discredit the effect eating right and staying active can have on your life. It's a way of denying our flesh.

Sometimes when we don’t feel like we have the energy to spend time with the Lord, it might be because we...don’t. Eating fast food and greasy food that slow us down can really put a damper on our growth.

When we make healthy eating choices we fuel our bodies to overcome the journey that is each day.

Yet we always remember...

• Man does live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. •
(Matthew 4:4 ESV)

What are some ways you've healed from pain?

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