Jim and Sue came to me at the end of their rope. They were in danger of losing their relationship, their hope and their faith. They had been referred to me precisely because they wanted counsel from someone who understood their faith in Christ. After the first session, Sue spoke up: “We’ve been to counselors before, but this is different. It’s not what we expected. What you’re saying is easy to understand, because it’s based on scripture. Most of all, you asked us to bring everything to Christ.”
This shouldn’t have been so surprising. As Christians, we have the Holy Spirit living in us, so we are able to discern things spiritually. When we experience truth, it is Christ in us speaking, and the Holy Spirit gives a resounding yes! We receive the truth in our minds, but the understanding and hope come from the Spirit within us. That’s our inheritance as new creatures, born again of God. “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5:17).
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People who have been in therapy often assure me they’ve worked through everything in their past. Then when the old issues resurface, they say, “I thought I’d dealt with that already!” Usually, they’ve only come to a partial understanding of their past events, and have never dealt with the deep issues that prevent their healing. These issues are those of resentment, vows, and strongholds.
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Healing requires an encounter with the living God, and the simple yet life-changing principles established in scripture. Scripture is essential for the life of God’s people. If that is so, we must make certain that the things we depend on for change and healing are supported by God’s word. We shouldn’t entrust our lives and relationships to unscriptural ideas.
That is why I wrote “Restoring God’s Image, the Narrow Gate of Healing and Transformation.” Together we will explore psychological healing through God’s word.