Last month, I participated in a prayer session which the sponsoring group called Inner Healing. It was much like a counseling session, except fueled predominantly by prayer. It’s aim was to uncover past events and perceptions of such events which have produced negative spiritual, psychological, and emotional effects. It has a profound impact and I decided that I wanted to walk through this with others on the distributing end rather than the receiving. Tonight will be my first time doing so, in a somewhat background capacity.
In preparation, I started reading through some Psalms I hadn’t visited in a while and came across this passage which fits very much the heart of inner healing.
Let’s walk through them together…
For it is you who light my lamp; the Lord my God lightens my darkness.
It is the Lord who illuminates the pains we’ve forgotten but the scars of which we still see. Even when we are trapped and lost in darkness, He dispels the shadows by His very presence which is light.
For by you I can run against a troop, and by my God I can leap over a
It doesn’t matter how many lies we have believed or how many demons we have against us (see the accounts of Jesus sending Legion out of the cave man and setting free the woman plagued by seven demons). God is stronger than all our foes and taller than all the walls we’ve built in our hearts as defense mechanisms
This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.
Need I say more?
You gave a wide place for my steps under me, and my feet did not slip
He doesn’t just strengthen our legs to stand, though He does do that–He changes our very environment to give us firmer ground to stand on and more room to balance in!
I pursued my enemies and overtook them, and did not turn back till they were consumed. I thrust them through, so that they were not able to rise; they fell under my feet. I beat them fine as dust before the wind….
We don’t have to wait for our tormentors to show up at our doorstep; we can take the battle to them! When we are full of the Holy Spirit, we can pursue the things which once hunted us and destroy them completely. We can gut and cripple them so that they can never return to haunt us again. We can trample them by the power of Christ in His resurrection. Which brings us to….
The Lord lives, and blessed be my rock, and exalted be the God of my salvation
We do not serve a dead god or an ethereal transient god. We serve the Lord who was dead and buried but then rose in His flesh and is forever alive and well. We serve the One who conquered death and hell once and forever, who has empowered His people to walk in His footsteps. When He is our rock, our foundation, when we exalt Him as the God He truly is, then we will know victory because we will finally see how small all our enemies are in comparison.
Fight from His victory and walk in your freedom.
(Psalm 18:28-30, 36-38, 42, 46 ESV)