Healing the memories
The Psalmist tells us that the Lord is to be found in every situation in which we find ourselves (Psalm 139:7-8). He is our creator. The Lord saw what was going on while we were still in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:15-16).
One of the great discoveries in recent years is the way in which the Lord can heal the wounds of the past. The following is a brief outline of how this can happen:
- Pray for the Holy Spirit to show you anything you need to see and understand – perhaps a ‘forgotten’ memory. He promises to guide us into all truth. John 16:13
- Face reality as it was – discover the truth of what happened. Accept that “what happened, happened to me”.
- Allow the feelings to surface. Feel what you felt. Jesus was with you then and he is with you now. Psalm 139. He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their wounds. Psalm 147:3 He is to be found in the place of pain Isaiah 41: 9b-10
- Mourn the loss of what you did not have. Mourning is part of the healing process
- Work through the feelings – anger etc. Jesus allows us “Let Him have it” and vent our rage on him. “Crucify Him” we cry. His response is “Father forgive them”.
- Choose to forgive the people who hurt you by telling God that you forgive them. It is not necessary to tell the person himself. See Mark 11:25. Ask God to help you if you find it difficult.
- Recognize any sinful reactions to what happened – anger, resentment, hatred, bitterness etc.
- Seek release from any negative soul-tie to the person who caused the hurt.
- Look to Jesus to heal the wound. There is healing through the Cross. See Isaiah 53:3,4-6 & 1 Peter 2:24.
Sometimes it is claimed that the ministry of healing the memories is not found in the bible. The answer to this is to be found in John 16:12-13, where Jesus says to his disciples: ‘I have much more to say to you, more than you can now bear. But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth.’ This is known as progressive revelation.