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Fall 2011

 

 

 

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Emotional Healing Needed

 

The Lord led me to understand and write the book, Spirit Baptism & Deliverance, before He led me to understand the truths I am sharing in this book.  When I came to understand these truths about Christ giving us the victory I at first questioned why the Lord had led me to understand and share teachings on emotional healing, which are in my book on deliverance.  The truth of Christ living out His life of victory in us seemed to be all we needed to understand and practice in order to have victory over temptation.  I questioned; “Why is emotional healing necessary?”

The Lord then clarified the issues to me, and showed the relationship between emotional healing and letting Christ live out His life of victory in us.  I came to understand that at times there is deep emotional damage in one’s life, especially from one’s childhood, that can “get in the way” or inhibit us from entering fully into the experience of letting Christ manifest His righteous obedience in and through us.

Therefore, emotional healing became an important part of the process of the Christian growing to the point where Christ can live out His life of victory consistently in the believer’s life.  Once the emotional issues are healed and removed the way is open for the fullest manifestation of Christ in the life.

Hence, if you feel you have emotional wounds that are causing you to feel angry, depressed, anxious, fearful, etc. I suggest you read my book, Spirit Baptism & Deliverance; especially the chapters “Emotional Healing” and “Experiencing God’s Love.”  When I give seminars on the baptism of the Holy Spirit I always include presentations on emotional healing along with the teaching in this book of abiding in Christ and righteousness by faith.

Also, remember that Christian growth is a process.  Don’t become discouraged if you are not where you want to be in living the consistently victorious Christian life.  God knows your heart, and that it is your desire to be faithful to Him.  He will continue to lead you closer and closer into relationship with Himself, which will result in greater and greater victories through Christ living in you.

 

Thorns in the Flesh

 

The truth of giving our will to God and trusting Him to give us the victory is presented when Paul describes his struggle with the “thorn” in his flesh.

 

“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.  Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

 

Many things can be thorns in the flesh.  Paul lists some of his; infirmities, reproaches, necessities, persecutions, distresses.  Paul prayed for God to remove it.  God said no.  Why?  God’s grace was all Paul needed in order to deal with the thorn.

God also gave a very important truth when He said, “My strength is made perfect in weakness.”  The more weak we know ourselves to be, the sooner we stop trying to exert our puny strength to overcome a thorny temptation in our life, the sooner we will begin experiencing God’s mighty power in our life.  Our own exertion of effort to over come a temptation actually gets in the way of God’s power to deliver.  You see, when we do that we are looking to our strength and ability to over come even though we think we are also depending on God to “help” us.  God wants to do much more than “help” us.  He is the victory.  Christ is our deliverance from temptation.  When we back off from such efforts and get ourselves out of the way, then Christ can begin manifesting Himself in and through us.   You have probably heard the saying, “Let go and let God.”  This is what that saying means.

This is why the Lord will leave some thorns of temptation in your life.  I am sure you have prayed for God to remove these thorns of besetting sins.  They have brought such discouragement and defeat in your life.  However, God leaves them because He wants you to learn the lesson that His strength is made perfect in your weakness.  When you begin experiencing Christ’s deliverance in you then you along with Paul will declare, “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”

 

Thank You for the Thorns!

 

You will come to the point that you actually thank God for the thorns in your life.  Why; it is because of them that you came to experience the amazing delivering power of Christ.  Because of them Christ has become even more precious to you.  You have found Him giving you ever present victories over your temptations, and your praises of Him fill your heart.

You also rejoice in the thorns because they are opportunities for God’s glory to shine forth through you as Christ manifests His life in and through you.  They are opportunities for you to become more and more like Christ in those areas of your life as He manifests Himself more and more in your life.

 

This is what James was speaking of when he wrote:

 

“My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into diverse temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience [endurance].  But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.” James 1:2-4

 

You will then experience what Paul describes “as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2Corinthians 6:10).   Even in the midst of the most difficult circumstances you will be able to rejoice because Jesus is manifesting Himself in you.  Your faith in Christ develops an endurance that will lead to Christ manifesting Himself in you fully.

We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!!  1John 5:11-13, 1John 3:2, John 17:3

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