WE’RE ABOUT TWO THIRDS OF THE WAY THROUGH THIS SERIES ON PTSD THAT JUDY KENNEDY, VICKI LOCKMAN AND I USED TO TEACH AS A FRIDAY EVENING AND ALL DAY SATURDAY EVENT CALLED “ISSUES OF THE HEART”.

I’VE SHARED UP UNTIL THIS POINT THE PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL RAMIFICATIONS OF PTSD, AND MOST RECENTLY WE’VE MOVED INTO THE SPIRITUAL ASPECT. THIS POST WILL CONCLUDE THE ASPECT ON HARLOTRY (SPIRITUAL ADULTERY) THAT WAS ORIGINALLY TAUGHT BY JUDY KENNEDY, MY GUEST BLOGGER FROM EARLIER THIS WEEK.

DURING THE LAST SEGMENT OF THIS SERIES, I’M EXCITED TO SAY THAT VICKI LOCKMAN WILL ALSO BE GUEST BLOGGING TO ADD INSIGHT AND UNDERSTANDING TO A MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENT TO OUR SPIRITUAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH.

But first things first…we’ve discussed some pretty dramatic fruit resulting from us allowing, by our own bad choices, the spirit of harlotry access to our lives, and now we need to DO something about it.

IF WE DO NOT REPENT GOD WILL, INDEED, PUT US INTO CAPTIVITY.

KEY VERSE: “THE RESISTLESS WIND OF GOD’S WRATH HAS BOUND UP ISRAEL IN ITS WINGS OR SKIRTS AND IN CAPTIVITY THEY AND THEIR ALTARS SHALL BE PUT TO SHAME BECAUSE OF THEIR SACRIFICES.” Hosea 4:19 (AMP)

I think I’ve painted a pretty clear picture how this happens…it’s not like we are bowing down to a literal golden calf or wooden statue, but our rebellious and ungodly decisions and resulting behavior can become the sacrifices we lay on the altar of idolatry and for that, as I detailed in the last post, God will put us into spiritual captivity with abundant fruit in our lives to prove it.

SO HOW CAN WE GET BACK WHAT WE LOST?

  1. Find the thief
  2. Call the cops
  3. Get a good lawyer
  4. Command the thief to return the stolen goods
  5. Do not go to worldly counselors for restoration
  6. Break the generational curses (this will come later)
  7. Break all ungodly soul ties (this will come later)
  8. Be cleansed of any defilement by repenting.

GOD’S WORD HAS THE ANSWER—WILL YOU RECEIVE IT?

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

WILL YOU BE AN OVERCOMER?

Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give that person a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to the one who receives it.  Revelation 2:17

WILL YOU PRESENT YOUR BODY AS A LIVING SACRIFICE?

Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.  Romans 12:1

WILL YOU GO GOD’S WAY INSTEAD OF THE WORLD’S?

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

At this point in the weekend, Judy would sing this song. If you’d like to hear it, you can click here. (Note: this is the original version for vets and their wives. As soon as I have the newer version I’ll post it)

THIS IS FOR YOU

©1991 JUDY KENNEDY

THIS IS FOR YOU, MY SISTERS

I KNOW THE TEARS YOU WEEP

WHEN ALL THE WORLD IS QUIET

AND YOUR CHILDREN ARE ASLEEP

BUT YOU CAN’T FILL UP YOUR LONLINESS

WITH SECRET THOUGHTS OF SIN.

YOU’VE GOTTA OPEN UP THOSE PRISON DOORS

AND LET YOUR HEALER IN.

 

I KNOW YOU ACHE MY SISTERS

FROM THE MEMORIES OF SIN.

I KNOW YOUR HEARTS ARE BREAKING

FOR THE CHILD THAT MIGHT HAVE BEEN.

BUT YOU WON’T FILL UP THOSE EMPTY ARMS

WITH ANYTHING BUT HIM

YOU’VE GOTTA OPEN UP THOSE PRISON DOORS

AND LET YOUR HEALER IN.

 

YOU NEED JESUS, HE IS THE ANSWER

HE’S YOUR SAVIOR, THE HEALING MASTER,

‘CAUSE HE’LL TAKE OUT EVERY BROKEN HEART

AND PUT A NEW ONE IN

AND WIPE AWAY ALL THAT PAIN

AND HE’LL BLOT OUT YOUR SIN.

 

THIS IS FOR YOU, GOD’S CHILDREN,

I KNOW YOU’VE BEEN ABUSED,

YOUR TENDER BODIES BROKEN

AND YOUR LOVE HAS BEEN MISUSED,

BUT YOU CAN’T PATCH UP THAT BROKEN HEART

WITH ALCOHOL AND DOPE.

YOU’VE GOTTA OPEN UP THOSE PRISON DOORS

RECEIVE YOUR LIFE, YOUR HOPE

 

YOU’RE UNTOUCHABLE, BUT HE CAN TOUCH YOU.

YOU’RE INCURABLE, BUT BY HIS STRIPES YOU’RE HEALED.

YOU’RE UNLOVABLE, BUT JESUS LOVED YOU SO MUCH THAT HE DIED FOR YOU

IF YOU JUST OPEN UP THOSE PRISON DOORS

AND LET YOUR HEALER IN.

I’M GOING TO OFFER A PRAYER TO BEGIN THE PROCESS OF GETTING BACK WHAT YOU’VE HAD RIPPED OFF.

Pray what is true in your life (in other words, don’t just pray it because the words are there…if you don’t need to repent for promiscuity, then don’t say that part…only say the parts that you can say truthfully, from your heart). And one more thing…can I suggest you pray this prayer out loud? Scripture proves that the spoken word carries more power…and at this point, we need all the power God has for us!

PRAYER FOR DELIVERANCE

FORGIVE ME, LORD, FOR MY HEAVY DRINKING, PROMISCUITY, SPIRITUAL ADULTERY, AND IDOLATRY. I ASK FOR FORGIVENESS FOR ABORTION AND FOR GIVING THE SPIRIT OF HARLOTRY AN OPEN DOOR INTO MY LIFE.  I ASK YOU TO FORGIVE ME NOW FOR THE SINS OF MY ANCESTORS AND MY OWN CHILDREN. AS ONE FLESH, I ASK FORGIVENESS FOR MY SPOUSE’S SINS ALSO. THANK YOU FOR THE CLEANSING BLOOD OF JESUS THAT WASHES AWAY ALL SIN.

THANK YOU FOR GIVING ME THE KEYS TO THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN THROUGH BINDING AND LOOSING. FATHER, YOU SAID THAT WHEN WE DISCOVER THE THEIF THAT HAS BEEN ROBBING US WE ARE TO COMMAND HIM TO RETURN SEVEN TIMES WHAT HE HAS STOLEN. I SEE THAT THE SPIRIT OF HARLOTRY HAS ROBBED ME. BECAUSE THE WORD OF GOD TELLS ME I HAVE AUTHORITY TO DO SO,  I BIND YOU, SPIRIT OF HARLOTRY, AND EVERY THIEF YOU BROUGHT WITH YOU, ACCORDING TO MATTHEW 16:19 WHICH STATES THAT “WHATEVER YOU BIND ON EARTH WILL BE BOUND IN HEAVEN, AND WHATEVER YOU LOOSE ON EARTH WILL BE LOOSED IN HEAVEN.” AND NOW, ACCORDING TO PROVERBS 6:31 WHICH STATES THAT “WHEN THE THIEF IS DISCOVERED HE MUST RETURN SEVEN TIMES WHAT HE HAS STOLEN” I COMMAND YOU, SPIRIT OF HARLOTRY, TO RETURN SEVEN TIMES WHAT YOU HAVE STOLEN, IN JESUS NAME. RESTORE TO ME, IN JESUS’ NAME, MY HEART AND ABILITY TO LOVE, MY MIND AND ABILITY TO THINK CLEARLY AND RATIONALLY, MY SPIRITUAL UNDERSTANDING AND ABILITY TO DISCERN TRUTH FROM ERROR.

RESTORE INCREASE, SOBRIETY AND TEMPERENCE, THE ABILITY TO PRAISE GOD, SUFFICIENCY, INNOCENCE AND PURITY, AND FAITHFULNESS. RESTORE SEXUAL MORALITY, A GODLY THOUGHT LIFE, DISCERNMENT AND THE ABILITY TO LISTEN TO AND RECEIVE INSTRUCTION FROM GOD, SUBMISSION TO GOD AND HIS WORD, SUBMISSION TO MY SPOUSE, ACCEPTANCE BY THE BELOVED IN PLACE OF LONELINESS. RESTORE SUBMISSION TO AUTHORITY, FELLOWSHIP AND COMMUNION WITH GOD, THE KNOWLEDGE THAT GOD LOVES ME, THE ABILITY TO BE PLANTED IN THE BODY OF CHRIST. RESTORE MY CHILDREN’S SUBMISSION AND SURRENDER TO GOD, RESTORE THE JOY OF YOUR SALVATION, RESTORE MY LIFE AND MY ABILITY TO OVERCOME THROUGH CHRIST, RESTORE GLORY IN THE PLACE OF SHAME.

THANK YOU LORD FOR YOUR HEALING AND RESTORATION. IN JESUS’ NAME, AMEN!

LET GO AND LET GOD

©1991 JUDY KENNEDY

MY LIFE WAS A MESS, I COULDN’T HANDLE ANYMORE

I WOULD HIDE DISCOURAGEMENT BEHIND THE MASK I WORE

I THOUGHT I COULD CHANGE HIM, IF I’D ONLY FIND THE KEY

BUT I NEVER CHANGED A THING BUT ME.

 

I WOULD CARRY BURDENS I WAS NEVER MEANT TO BEAR

TAKING HIS COMMITMENTS WHEN HE DIDN’T SEEM TO CARE

MAKING UP EXCUSES WHEN THINGS WEREN’T GOING RIGHT

PICKIN’ UP THE PIECES WAS MY PLIGHT

 

BUT I WILL LET GO, LET GOD TAKE THIS PAIN I’M FEELIN’

CAUSE THERE AIN’T NO WAY I’LL EVER MAKE IT CARRYIN’ THIS LOAD

SO I WILL LET GO, LET GOD CHANGE MY WAY OF DEALIN’

WITH THE OBSTACLES I’LL NEVER FACE ALONE.

 

I HAD EXPECTATIONS THAT HE’D LIVE UP TO MY DREAMS,

BUT FAIRY TALES AND RENDEZVOUS ARE NEVER WHAT THEY SEEM.

I WAS ALWAYS WOUNDED IF HE COULDN’T GIVE HIS ALL,

ONE ROMANTIC HEADED FOR A FALL.

 

THEN A REVELATION CAME JUST LIKE A BLINDING LIGHT

TRYIN’ TO CHANGE SOMEBODY ELSE HAD NEVER BEEN MY RIGHT.

I COULD FIND REAL HAPPINESS IF I’D JUST LET HIM BE,

AND ASK GOD TO CHANGE SOME THINGS IN ME.

 

BUT I WILL LET GO, LET GOD TAKE THIS PAIN I’M FEELIN’

‘CAUSE THERE AIN’T NO WAY I’LL EVER MAKE IT

CARRYIN’ THIS LOAD

SO I WILL LET GO, LET GOD CHANGE MY WAY OF DEALIN’

WITH THE OBSTACLES I’LL NEVER FACE ALONE.

I PRAY THAT, AS YOU REPENT, GOD WILL BECOME MORE REAL IN YOUR LIFE THAN EVER BEFORE. AND AS WE MOVE INTO THE NEXT PHASE OF THIS SERIES AND TAKE THE HEART CHECK UP, I PRAY THAT HE WOULD PREPARE YOUR HEART FOR THIS LAST STEP OF OBEDIENCE TO HIS WORD.

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