If someone were to come into my home and begin opening certain drawers and cupboards, I would be appalled, not to mention embarrassed! Although I desire orderliness and organization, a look inside my drawers belies my good intentions with the bitter truth of my hidden messiness!
Often I am moved to clean out the “junk”, and straighten those containers of chaos. This action on my part brings immediate feelings of relief and comfort. However, just as often, I ignore those nudges toward neatness and, instead, stuff even more junk into the burgeoning drawers. With the mess out of sight, everything on the surface looks neat and tidy.
It suddenly occurred to me that, metaphorically speaking, we often do the same with our emotional “junk”. We stuff those hurt feelings, hide those painful memories, and bury that unforgiveness that we can’t seem to let go of, no matter how hard we try!
We then cover up the discontent and “forget” our inner pain by indulging in more busy-ness, more work, or perhaps, more food or alcohol. Then we go on our merry way, wearing a mask that falsely announces to the world that everything is A-Okay. Yes, we close the cupboard door of our hearts, stuffing the pain away.
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we become a “new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NRSV) Jesus sets us free from the past, and desires for us that we might “have life, and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10). Yet often we don’t seem to be living in that promise, and we find ourselves reacting to people and situations in some of the old, despicable ways. Like St. Paul, we find ourselves not doing what we want to do but, rather, the very thing we hate. (Romans 7:15) Although we ask God to forgive us for our actions, and we know that He does so, we continue to struggle with the same old issues.
It has been said that Jesus takes us just as we are, but loves us enough NOT to leave us that way! Through inner healing (or soul healing) prayer, God can take us to situations that are the root causes of our continuing pain, and bring healing and release. Jesus, quoting Isaiah while referring to Himself, said that He came to bring freedom for prisoners and release for the oppressed. (Luke 4:18)
Through this type of prayer we become aware that Jesus was present with us during those hurtful times in the past. Reflecting on a particular painful situation, the individual being prayed for experiences the presence of Jesus with them in the hurtful memory. That painful time is redeemed by Him and healed in a gentle, comforting way. The reality of the situation is not changed, but the individual’s faulty perceptions and interpretation of the incident are forever altered. The person is then free from reacting to present situations out of the pain of past hurts. Truly, “He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”( Psalm 23:3, NIV)
My passion in ministry is helping people who are wounded and hurting walk through those dark places toward emotional and spiritual freedom, by experiencing the healing touch of Jesus Christ through healing prayer. It is exciting to see how God works by releasing us from pain of the past and empowering us for the days and years ahead! “Set me free from my prison, that I may praise your name” (Psalm 142:7) has become a vivid reality to me as I see over and over again the Lord bringing healing, release, and wholeness to those in need!
How about you? Is it well with your soul? Will you join us in allowing Jesus to have access to the messy drawers and cupboards of our interior lives? Call the Glennon House to make an appointment with those who minister in this way, and have an opportunity to clean out your inner junk! Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free.” (Luke 4:18, NRSV)