Series 2 – Will I Stop Hurting…Continued
Participation Brings Healing
It is important to be faithful in attendance and to participate actively in the ministry of your church. The writer of Hebrews leaves no doubt as to the importance of other believers and commands us not to stop assembling with them, even as he admonishes that some have. “And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works: Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25
Be an active and faithful participant in your church. As you sow faithfulness and are a blessing to others you will reap a healing in your own life. Just as eating but never exercising will produce an out of shape body, church-hopping, attending but never participating or only watching television ministries will impair your spirit’s health.
Diligence and faithfulness in your group is an outward demonstration to God of your inner commitment to your covenant. It is possible the witness that you provide as a faithful participant will be used by God to bring fuller revelation on marriage healing as others see your growth and development. Faithfulness to your covenant group plants seeds for faithfulness in your marriage.
God rewards faithful stewards with grace, peace and joy. Grace, peace and joy are qualities needed for us to be healed and for our hurt to stop.
God heals us so that we can help others. These covenant groups provide a forum where ministry is not only received but is nurtured and developed through ministering to others.
As Christians, we all need to actively participate with other believers in ____________, to be ____________ and _______________, to participate in _____________, to have _____________, and to be _______________.
Read Galatians 6:7-10
The apostle Paul tells us that what we sow, we will also reap. He also challenges us to not grow weary in ding good, especially to other Christians. As we believe and wait for the restoration of our marriages, what kind of “fruit” should we look for as we sow our tithes, offerings, prayer, energy, time, love, gifts, talents and participation in our local church?
It may seem overwhelming to think of participating when you are feeling so wounded and needy yourself, but a special healing manifests when we bless others. Can you think of a time in your life when you felt incapable of helping or reaching out, yet were blessed and encouraged by stepping out in faith and obedience beyond your own abilities?
Victory in Our Thoughts Brings Healing
To stop hurting we need victory in our thoughts. Our thoughts affect our emotions and our actions. Negative thoughts bring doubt, discouragement, depression, and defeat. It is important to recognize that our mind is a battlefield. It is a battlefield where Satan does have access. God has not left us without defense but has provided us with the means to have victory. Our hearts control what thoughts we accept and what thoughts we reject. With a pure heart we can be single-minded and resist those thoughts on which Satan would want us to dwell.
Refuse to let your mind dwell on negative imaginations. Cast down (rebuke) the negative thought aloud in the name of Jesus. We have victory through Jesus and there is power in using His Name. (See 2 Corinthians 10:4-5) When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, Jesus responded using scripture. We must also speak and pray scriptures out loud to respond when tempted to be afraid, worry, fret, take control, etc. Avoid the circumstance that triggers this type of thought. Satan is not creative. The same patterns and circumstances that he uses once, he will try again.
Provide refuge for your mind by communing with Jesus. Throughout scripture we read that the Lord is our refuge, a sanctuary from trouble.
Praise is a weapon against the enemy and a shelter for your mind. Praise has the effect of shutting up Satan.
Praying in the Spirit provides breathing room when your mind is under attack. Your prayer language is a powerful tool that needs to be used. Your prayer language allows your spirit to interact with the Holy Spirit when you don’t know how to pray.
Meditation on God’s Word heals and renews your mind. Meditation is more than reading the Bible, it involves thinking on and letting our mind digest the Word of God.
Find a verse that applies to the types of imagination or thought that has bothered you that you can use when Satan tempts you and write it below:
According to Isaiah 26:3, what must we do to experience perfect peace?
Divorce, which brings mental torment and causes emotional wounds, is a work of the devil. However, Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). The will of God is that our lives and marriages be healed. It is through God’s Word that we gain knowledge after the image of Christ. It is through God’s Word that we renew our minds and accomplish His perfect will in our lives. Lost two scriptures where we see Jesus destroying the work of Satan:
1. ___________________________ 2. _____________________________