Healing and deliverance from any traumatic experiences take a while. Most of us run and hide and never wanting to deal with the pain. But we can’t live to our greatest potential in life if we choose to never face our suffering. I lived for several years from hiding, lying, and running away. Consequently, I suffered because of it. Today, I would like to share some tools that helped me healed in the process.

#1

Acknowledge Your Past Pain. The truth shall set you free. Admitting and acknowledging our past is often hard but necessary for healing. The more we hide, and suppress the truth, we are only doing a disservice to ourselves that can limit our ability to heal. As painful as it may be to acknowledge it, it is the first step to our healing journey.

If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth

and the truth shall make you free.

John 8:13

#2

Expose The Darkness. We hide and lie because of shame and guilt, but we are told to expose the darkness in Ephesians 5:11. I used to hide from the truth of what was done to me because I felt as though it was my fault. I felt guilty and shameful for several years that it was eating me inside. As a result, I developed anger and bitterness over time. I was causing damage to myself by hiding the truth.

And have no fellowship with the

unfruitful works of darkness but rather

expose them.

Ephesians 5:11

#3

Face The Truth. Allow God to excavate the deepest cut of your past pain or suffering. When you have become hurt, most of us don’t want to face the truth we either run or hide. I used to occupy myself by doing things such as becoming a workaholic, drinking, and partying because I was running away from my pain. Drinking by numbing my pain was my solution instead of dealing with it. But eventually, it will be going to catch up with us if our pain is not being dealt with. Most of us hide and bury our burden because we think to ourselves we are too far gone, and damaged goods. But that’s further from the truth.

But God who is rich in mercy because of His great love which 
He loved us even when we are dead
 in trespasses made us alive together with Christ. 
Grace you have been saved. 

Grace another way God puts it, “Grace is unmerited favor that through His forbearance or mercy that you and I are saved.”

#4

Grieve For Your Loss. Part of healing and deliverance is grieving. Whatever losses you’ve experienced, give yourself a chance to grieve. I had to grieve for a long time of what was taken away from me, my innocence. I had to grieve by allowing God to take me back to the darkest moments of my life by reliving the incident. Tears have a way to replenish our souls. Cry it out as much as you can. Crying is healing, so don’t be afraid to shed tears.

#5

Let God’s Love Transform You. Love was a hard concept for me to swallow because I grew up not feeling loved by anyone, not even by my own parents. And when God told me that He loves me so much, it was hard for me to accept it. Then the more I studied and understood God’s love, the more I’ve discovered that His love is incomparable to humankind of love. His love is the highest form of love, the agape. God’s love is unconditional. For God so loved the world that He gave His one and Only Son for you and me.

#6

Watch Your Thoughts. Our thoughts dictate our emotions and followed by our actions. If you don’t know by now, we can choose our thoughts. This idea was something I’ve learned when I read Joyce Meyer’s book called, “The battlefield of the mind.” This was an eye-opener to me because I’ve never imagined our thoughts either good or bad can have an impact on our lives. To change our thought pattern we must pull down strongholds from our minds. Strongholds are lies from the devil or our ould beliefs about ourselves.

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For the weapons our warfare are not carnal.

But mighty in God pulling down strongholds,

casting down the arguments & every high

that exalts itself against the knowledge of God

bringing every thought into captivity to the

obedience of Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:4

#7

Guard Your Heart. According to Matthew 12:34, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” The overflowing and the majority of our thoughts originated from our hearts. Our hearts are what the bible refers to as the inner man. This is why we are told to guard our hearts because it vacillates. It is fickle. Sometimes we feel good and sometimes we feel bad, sometimes we are happy and there are days we feel sad. It’s always changing like the weather.

Keep your heart with all diligence
for out of it springs the issue
of life. - Proverbs 4:23

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#8

Watch Your Words. As we’ve learned that our thought life determines the words we speak. Words as the bible put it can either build someone up or tear them apart. Our words can heal or break a human soul. Words are powerful, and it is also damaging when the words that we speak are hurtful. Once we’ve released it to someone we can no longer take it back. Loving words towards ourselves and others are something that we must choose daily. It is a choice we must make as Colossians 4:6 states, “Let your speech be with grace, seasoned with salt.”

#9

Pray, pray & pray! Prayer is our portal way to heaven. It is our way of communicating with God. We pray not because we need something, but God wants to develop a deep connection with us by constantly talking to Him about our daily plans and needs. God wants you and me to have an intimate relationship. It is through prayer that we can grow strong in the Lord. As Jesus taught his disciples how to pray the Lord’s prayer.

#10

Read, study & meditate God’s word. Reading the bible by studying and contemplating God’s word is a daily practice that we must all cultivate as a Christian. It takes discipline and consistency because we will eventually going to be bombarded with other tasks we have on our to do lists. But we must put aside daily for the Lord in this way, we will grow in our faith. Memorizing plenty of verses and writing them down on a 3×5 card has helped me through the years, and it is our arsenal once we get an attacked from the devil.

Your word is a lamp to my feet.
And a light to my path. - Proverbs 119:105

Healing is a process. It takes a while to heal, but learn to be patient with yourself, and trust the process. Keep abiding in the Lord and never give up!

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