“Are you tired of being chained to your past… emotional wounds, broken relationships, addictions and other areas of your life that keep you in bondage from being the successful person you would really like to be?
If so, I want you to know that there is hope for you. Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted and the oppressed and His Spirit is with us today carrying out this important purpose in our lives.
Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed…
In this message I would like to begin talking about a subject that has affected everyone of us no matter who we are. I want to talk about the emotional wounds that we all receive along life’s pathway. I say this with confidence, because I am aware of the cruel and imperfect world we must all cope with.
None of us are exempt from being emotionally hurt from time to time, but you need to know that God’s desires for you to be healed of these wounds. Even King David had wounds that needed to be healed.
Psalms 109:22 For I am poor and needy, And my heart is wounded within me.
No matter who we are… a businessperson, salesperson, construction worker, blue collar worker, computer whiz, professional person, mother, father, husband or wife – life can be very cruel and hard, giving us emotional wounds and scars that affect our lives in a very negative way. On the outside, we may look good, but on the inside many of us are hurting from the emotional wounds we’ve picked up along life’s journey.
Some of you have already acknowledged and dealt with your wounds and have received healing and are living successful lives as a result; and there are some of you have accepted your wounds and are coping with life as best as you can. And then there are those of you who are barely able to function because you have become so injured as a result.
Is there hope for you? Can your wounds be healed? I believe the answer is an unequivocal yes!
There are many indicators in our society that reveal to us how far reaching these wounds have spread.
A society that is addicted to everything and anything.
The popularity of therapists and support groups. There are a support groups for everything.
The topics on the many talk shows eg., Ophra Winfrey, Dr. Phill and others.
The drug problems and gang violence.
The reason this is so far reaching is because hurt people, hurt others. It’s an unbroken chain reaction. If our society’s ills are going to be broken, than we must begin to break the chains in our own lives and stop this endless cycle of hurting and wounding one another. To do this, we must first identify the cause of the wound and how it has affected our lives.
The Major Causes of Most Emotional Wounds
1. Emotional wounds inflicted by parents, eg. story of boy & father.
2. Physical, mental, verbal abuse.
3. Sexual abuse (familiar figure coming to you in the night, touching you in ways that are not right).
5. General meanness in others, eg kids can be very mean sometimes, eg.
6. Broken relationships.
7. Major disappointments.
8. Nasty Divorce.
9. Major moral failure, eg. adultery, abortion, etc.
Results of Most Emotional Wounds.
Maybe you are not sure how affected you have been by your wounds. You may think everything is ok. Here are some indicators as to how you may be affected:
1. Wounded people hurt others Exdus 20:5-6.
2. Anger, bitterness, hate & violence.
3. Repeating the things that happened to you.
4. Shame, guilt & unworthiness.Self condemnation.
6. No Confidence – low self esteem.
7. Lonely and withdrawn – very few friends.
8. Unable to respond to others properly.
9. Eating disorders.
10. Afraid to show love.
11. Suicidal tendencies.
Unfortunately, the person we have become has been shaped by these wounds and their results. The wounds have produced major strongholds in our lives that render us ineffective and unproductive. This is why many people are unhappy with the way their lives are turning out. They have failed to deal with these important issues and as a result they are impaired from having a life filled with God’s riches and abundance.
As individuals it is important for us to break free from the bondage of the past if we are to be successful in the present and the future.
Your life doesn’t have to remain as it is. To often the bondage of the past impairs us to the present and the future. We are looking through the present and future through the glasses of the past.
The question today is, “Is there hope for you? Can your wounds be healed?” The answer is an unequivocal yes!
John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly”.
All of the above causes and results are from the hand of the enemy. He has continually sown corruption into the lives of precious individuals everywhere. We have all been affected in one degree or another.
How Does Healing Come?
I’m simply going to introduce you to these principles today and in the next message we will look at them in more detail as we discuss “Clearing the Clutter of the Past”.
We Must believe that Jesus really wants and desires to heal us.
Mark 2:17 When Jesus heard it, He said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
Hebrews 4:14-16 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
We must come out of denial and openly acknowledge and confess our wound – Psalm 62:5-8, Psalm 118:5-6 and John 8:31.
Psalm 62:5-8 My soul, wait silently for God alone, For my expectation is from Him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation; He is my defense; I shall not be moved. 7 In God is my salvation and my glory;the rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. 8 Trust in Him at all times, you people;Pour out your heart before Him;God is a refuge for us. Selah
Psalm 118:5-6 I called on the Lord in distress; The Lord answered me and set me in a broad place. 6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
John 8:31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
We must have the courage to face the pain and the ugliness of the wound.
We must deal with the root and not just the symptom –
Amos 2:9 “Yet it was I who destroyed the Amorite before them,Whose height was like the height of the cedars,And he was as strong as the oaks;Yet I destroyed his fruit above And his roots beneath.
We must forgive and let go – Colossians 3:12-15 Therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, put on tender mercies, kindness, humility, meekness, longsuffering; 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. 14 But above all these things put on love, which is the bond of perfection. 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.
We must love our enemies – Matthew 5:44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
We must find a safe environment to take off our mask – James 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
We must take comfort and strength in God’s word – Psalm 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction, For Your word has given me life.
Psalm 119:92-93 Unless Your law had been my delight,I would then have perished in my affliction.93 I will never forget Your precepts,For by them You have given me life.
We must engage in Spiritual warfare – Ephesians 6:10-14 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritualhosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
We must repent in areas where our own sin has caused the damage – Acts 3:19 Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
Finally We need to begin to lay aside every weight so we can finish this race strong. Hebrews 12:1-2 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Pastor Marcos DeSouza
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