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God won’t always grant you more money or heal your body. But the Holy Spirit is always ready to provide emotional healing.
Are you being serious, Matt? I’ve been suffering for years. I don’t believe it. God doesn’t care about my pain. Does He?
Yes, I am serious. The Holy Spirit’s purpose is to guide believers into the truth. If you think about it, that’s the definition of emotional healing. You have a personal guide who can help you become intimately acquainted with God’s truth. Healing is more than learning facts, it’s an emotional experience of the truth.
The only caveat is that you must ask for and seek healing using biblical principles. Transformation is highly desirable, but not necessarily guaranteed (without effort on your part) or easily obtained. You have to really want it.
If you want this valuable transformation, you need to pursue it with Faith, Boldness, Persistence, and Humility.
Emotional Healing Requires Faith
Faith allows the believer to see spiritually. If you are going to approach God, it needs to be with a clear view of who God is. You need the ability to trust God and stay focused on His character!
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.Hebrews 11:6 ESV
If you struggle with believing God cares about you and wants you to thrive, then your first task is to ask God for the faith to see Him clearly.
Emotional Healing Requires Boldness
Boldness in this case means you seek without any kind of pretending or bashfulness. You must approach God with authenticity. You speak clearly. You tell it like it is!
In [Christ Jesus our Lord] we have boldness and access [to God] with confidence through our faith in him.Ephesians 3:12 ESV
If you are afraid to approach God with what is on your heart, seek out another believer or a counselor who can help you develop boldness.
Emotional Healing Requires Persistence
God’s treasures are not left in the open for all to find. Only those people who really want to find the secrets to life will find them. To find them requires persistence. Do you understand the value of what you are seeking?
“The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field, which a man found and covered up. Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.”Matthew 13:44 ESV
I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.Proverbs 8:17 ESV
If you are tired and want to give up before you reach your goal, ask God for the energy to continue your pursuit.
Emotional Healing Requires Humility
If you want help, you must first prepare your heart to receive help. Desperation is a form of humility that God desires from us. God, you are my only hope! What I want is important and you are the only one who can supply my need.
O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.Psalm 63:1 ESV
In the pride of his face the wicked does not seek him; all his thoughts are, “There is no God.”Psalm 10:4 ESV
Emotional Healing is the subject of an experiential course I’ve developed. To heal emotionally requires that you are willing to:
- Understand what your heart needs and doesn’t need.
- Learn healthy ways to manage your pain.
- Remember uncomfortable experiences.
- Confront negative beliefs with the truth of who God is and who you are.
- Feel and express your emotions.
- Stop avoiding pain in ways that do more harm than good.
- Emphasize seeking God and bringing your pain to Him.
While I’m putting the finishing touches on Emotional Healing, it’s available for a substantial discount. From now until Independence Day (July 4, 2022), you can purchase it for $44 instead of $100. Today could be the day you declare independence from the lies that lower your self-worth.
The first lesson is available to preview without any obligation. Also, this post is based on one of the exercises in the course.
Matt Pavlik is a licensed professional clinical counselor who wants to see each individual restored to their true identity. He has more than 20 years of experience counseling individuals and couples at his Christian counseling practice, New Reflections Counseling. Matt and Georgette have been married since 1999 and live with their four children in Centerville, Ohio.