I used to be wounded and broken. Part of me wondered if I’d ever been able to grow up into a functioning member of society. Eventually, I found my way, or my path I guess you could call it. This is a guide on how I found spiritual healing.
Keep in mind that I’m a broken person, and I’ll be doing my best to point you in the right direction. I know many of you aren’t here to see the name of Jesus written.
However, I ask that you keep an open mind, forget about the horrible experiences you’ve had with people who say they follow him and listen to what I have to say.
1 Corinthians 2:9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”–1 Corinthians 2:9 – Bible
One of my favorite bible verses.
What Is Spiritual Healing?
Deep inside all of us is a huge void. We try to ignore it, and some of us even run from it. However this void must be filled by something, and there’s only one thing that can fill it properly.
If it’s not filled right, there are gaps, and that makes things uncomfortable, even painful sometimes.
The void is our fault, but the beauty of that, is we can choose to be healed of the void.
Growing up I was teased and abused. Yes, this caused me some physical pain from which I needed healing. But it also caused some emotional and mental pain that I didn’t know how to heal.
Eventually I’d come to a point where I had to make some changes.
I’d grown up going to church and hearing about Jesus. but the people in the church didn’t seem to care, and God seemed to be silent.
So I left, and went on my own path.
On that path, I made my pain worse and passed my pain onto others. Eventually I’d find myself asking Jesus where he was in everything. I was at my last rope, and didn’t even know where to go.
His answer, “He’d been there right next to me the whole time.”
Unfortunately, the times he spoke, I was refusing to listen, the way he talked, I didn’t think it was him.
I always wanted him to come down and fix everything, but that isn’t his way. Instead, my spiritual healing has been a hard fought battle, and I’ve fought for every inch of ground I hold.
However, I don’t fight this battle alone. He’s right next to me this whole time.
Spiritual Healing And Fasting
This is the second day of a 21 day Fast that I’ve decided to do. I’ve been spending a of time in prayer, Bible reading and sometimes wishing for a cheeseburger. I go weeks without burgers sometimes, but the instant I give them up I’m craving them.
This is gonna be a long 3 weeks 🙁
All jokes aside, there’s been some thought changes already. The goal of this fast, or any fast for that matter. Is to let go of something you love for a time, and spend that time focusing more on God.
I’ve tried fasting in the past, and by day 3 I always give up. This time is different, because I’ve known for awhile that I need to shake my spiritual life up. I’ve needed some spiritual healing for awhile, and I haven’t been able to find it anywhere.
So I decided to do the most brash thing I could think of, also I’m not sure what I just got myself into.
My Spirit Was Feeling Burdened
One of the issues I constantly deal with involves being too independent. For the most part, it isn’t a weakness, but tend to go overboard. Furthermore, I fight myself internally consistantly. Especially when I need help, I have this mental focus, that I should be self sufficient.
That’s not how God made me, you, and everybody else in the world.
Nobody succeeds in this world when they go it alone. Think of any important, or famous person (the terms are not inclusive). Would they have gotten where they are, if they did it alone.
The same goes for you, who do you have around you? Are they pointing you in the direction you’d like to go? Do you have people in your life who can mentor you on your path? If the answer is no, your dream might never come to fruition.
Spiritual Healing Was A Difficult Choice
I left an amazing church a few years back. I had awesome friends, and was loved by a lot of people. It was a very welcoming place.
So why did I leave?
I’d reached a point where I didn’t need God anymore. I showed up, sat in a pew, heard a sermon, but there was nothing there.
Doubt about being there filled my heart. I spoke with some people, and they said serve harder, love harder, work harder. So I did, and things got worse. I was depressed and stopped going for two months, and none of my friends called me.
I started to wonder, if I was even missed. It certainly felt that way.
During hard emotional times, I get introspective, and I start to analyze everything I say, do, and feel.
My Healing Goal
My goal is to find the source of my emotions. If I can find the source, I can find the wound. Once Identified, I can begin the healing process. Spiritual healing is heart healing, the wounds you’ve experienced life on. Until you decide to forgive and let it go.
How Can You Find A Cure?
There are three major parts to start finding spiritual healing. I’ll go more in depth later on but here is my list.
- Your Relationship with God MUST be real. Not Half-Hearted. You need him. He Is the key and the most important aspect of your healing.
- Be honest with yourself. I get really introspective when I’m digging into my emotional issues.
- Find some honest friends. Make sure they tell you the truth and you don’t get mad at them for it.
What Is God’s Role In Spiritual healing?
I’ve said it before, but God is the most important part of your spiritual healing. You can try it without him, and you’ll have some success, but it’ll be more difficult, and I don’t believe you’ll achieve complete fullness.
He made you and knows how to fix you. Also, he gives great advice. Even when it doesn’t make sense it always works out for good.
I know a lot of people reading might be thinking. Really? You’re going to go the God route. I’m sorry you think that way.
I’ve walked so many paths in my life, I’ve never found one like I’ve found in Jesus. Look into your heart, and read the teachings of Jesus. Ask yourself what’s wrong with his teachings? Not his people, or what you’ve seen or heard.
People are imperfect, and they make mistakes. I’m one angry word from cussing a person out some days. That’s on me, not God. Everyone is responsible for their path, stop looking around at others.
This was a big one for me when I realized my life was in shambles. I lied to myself in many areas of my life. I can’t tell you how many relationships I’ve ruined because I wouldn’t tell a girl how I really felt. It’s maddening to think about.
If you aren’t honest with yourself, eventually you’ll hit rock bottom, and that’s painful. I’d recommend taking a good inventory of yourself. Find a quiet place, remove all distractions, and take a good look.
Get Away And Listen More
For most people, if you’ve never done this, I’d recommend going away for a weekend. Twice a year, I do a weekend trip by myself. It’s time for God, Me, And My Snowboard. It’s amazing when I’m sitting on a mountain listening to the voice of God.
At least one time each year, I head for Colorado, I love getting some good shred time in. If I’m staying In Minnesota, I’ll hit up Lutsen. I always shred hard, and I spend more focused time in prayer.
Snowboarding makes me physically tired, and that makes less distraction later because my mind will still want to connect. Also being in nature helps me hear God’s voice. There’s nothing mystical about it, it just works for me. Figure out what works for you.
Write your thoughts down while you’re doing this, it’ll help to look back at the end of the weekend, and in the future.
Ask God Questions
- What are you doing with my life?
- Am I doing anything that’s stopping me from hearing your voice?
- What Spiritual heart pains are in my heart?
- Can you heal them?
These are starter questions, feel free to add more.
Honest Friends Can Help You Heal
For this, you want quality over quantity. It’s great to have a lot of friends but this takes a different level of friendship. These are the people who speak into your life. The words they speak should have weight.
Be careful, you don’t want to share your dirty laundry with everyone. Just the people closest to you. I’m saying that as a soft rule use discretion.
I have a lot of friends, but only 2-3 I share the deep things of my heart with. One of my closest friends is the one that helped snap me out of my depression a few years back. I changed churches the next day.
It wasn’t a problem with my former church, it was a problem with me. I was comfortable, and needed a challenge. I stayed for a reason, that wasn’t right, and it was killing me.
Late one Saturday night. He and I were chilling around a bonfire, talking about life. I told him, I didn’t wanna attend church in the morning, and he let me have it.
We were close enough that I’ve said it a few times to him, and he told me that. He said, “If you don’t like where you are, change it.” A few hours later, I was walking into a different church, and it’s the one I attend today.
My Spiritual Healing Isn’t Complete, And Your Healing Will Continue On As Well.
I’m still a walking wounded, and I don’t know if I even made sense in this rambling. If you’re having emotional outbursts, crying fits, or you can’t feel. You need to dig deep and find the source of your pain. Life is too short to get in pain.
I pray for your healing, and I’m excited for where this 21 day fast is going to take me.
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