He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds ...

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds …

As I ponder my ongoing journey regarding the root of rejection, I recognize healing that has occurred in my life largely stems from three realities I learned during my Point Man Ministry days.

First: unhealed wounds from the past can destroy our life today.

When wounds have been left alone, blocked out, stuffed down, or swept under the carpet, they begin to control us. Often this happens to our demise because we don’t even realize it’s occurring. This results in sabotaging relationships and workplace culture becoming the toxic element that causes chaos wherever we go. Most times we blame others for the turmoil.

I know a few people who do not to take responsibility for the chaos that they create, but look for someone or something else to blame. This happens due to the root of rejection ruling their life.

Understanding this behavior will help you become self-aware of your actions, thereby allowing God to step in and heal the broken places.

Second: triggers can cause the action of fight, flight, or freeze mode.

Being aware of those triggers helps navigate murky waters. The brain doesn’t know the difference between a perceived threat and a real threat, so if wounds are not healed our body and mind will react to the perceived threat as if it were a real time danger. This usually looks like an emotionally unhealthy response producing misappropriated reactions.

In 1989 we went to DC for a 4th of July reunion at the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial. Suddenly as the fireworks went off, 40-year-old guys were hitting the dirt, desperately diving for cover. “Huh? What’s up with that?” I mused. Turns out fireworks sound exactly like incoming mortars. Even though these men were safe in their homeland, they were mentally, emotionally, and physically, back in country under siege.

Realizing how triggers and adrenaline work together helped me identify the behavior displayed from severe PTSD of unhealed military trauma.

Third: mental, emotional, and physical issues can result in harmful behaviors…but there is also the spiritual aspect.

This can look like depression, anger, or bitterness that lead one to become easily offended. The results are the inability to foster healthy relationships and suicidal ideation, to name a few. There is also a spiritual issue as the enemy is looking for an inroad you knowingly or unknowingly give him.

To recognize this pattern, an in-depth look at the word “wound” in Psalm 147:3 enlightens us.

He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

Wound in this scripture derives from the Hebrew word Atstebeth. The Key Word Study Bible describes this root word as “it is an idol.” WOW. The wound as an idol opens the door to the enemy without us even realizing it. It brings to the surface a spiritual dynamic of idolatry and the reality of our need to address these wounds.

Healing comes when we focus on all aspects of the trauma : spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical.

THAT, my friends, is huge!

To combat against this fight there are three parallel action steps to win the battle for healing

First, we recognize the root of rejection or other wounds in our life, allowing God into these places.

This is best done through biblical Christian counseling or accountability within a small group. In these places we can safely process our wounds with trusted believers as we allow the Holy Spirit to do the deep work.

Second, we ask God for help to become more self-aware of our sinful tendencies and the ways we lie to ourselves.

Two prayers that can help us are these:

First is David’s prayer asking God to help him not to lie to himself: Ps 119:29 – Keep me from lying to myself; give me the privilege of knowing your instructions.

Second is a prayer I learned from some long-time missionaries who were on the board of the veteran ministry with me. This prayer changed my life: Lord, show me my heart as YOU see it. This is a simple prayer I have found He loves to answer.

Our wounds conceal our blind spots, which keep us in an unhealthy place unable to take responsibility for our part in the ongoing fall out from our traumas. Since scripture says our hearts are deceitfully wicked, this prayer helps us see ourselves clearly.

Third, we recognize our wrong responses and repent for the idolatry that has highjacked our lives and allowed the enemy of our souls access.

Our process should include the willingness to repent, shut the door, and guard our hearts against our wounds that control us. We set our course to make strides towards an emotionally healthy life in Christ. This happens as we follow the words of Proverbs 4:23, [guarding] our heart with all diligence because out of it flows the issues of life.

Do you see any behavior in your life that are parallel to the realities I discovered? If so, which ones are your battling today?

If you were to pray: Lord, show me my heart as You see it, what would be revealed to you?

Thanks for spending time with me today!

Athena Dean Holtz
Welcome, I'm Athena!

I start each day by tithing the first hour to the Lord in prayer, reading the word, doing word studies of the Text, and asking God how I can live out what I am reading. This time is usually met with meditation on devotionals that are usually written by dead guys like Oswald Chambers, CS Lewis, Charles Spurgeon, AW Tozer, and Andrew Murray.

Right now, I’m reading a daily devotional with a friend called Tozer on the Almighty God for my focus for the day. It's fun to see individually what pulls us in to spur one another on to good deeds!

The Bible is filled with action steps to walk out in practical and intentional ways. This sets my day in motion to walk it out! I hope this is your heart, too.

Consider this a personal invitation to join me in this journey!

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