WORDKEEPING & EMOTIONAL HEALING

 

You hear a lot these days about emotional healing. There are many wounded souls in the world, beat down by the tragedies and abuse heaped upon them. Naturally, we all want to be emotional whole. Unfortunately, the unbiblical principles of psychology have woven their way into the seminars and books written by some Christian authors. We have been taught about our “inner child” and our need to go back into our past to find healing. These theories are not only unbiblical, they are against the wisdom found in the Word of God.

 

Psychology urges us to “deal” with our issues, and to get out of “denial.” God wants us to deal with our issues, too, but He has a better way than what the world offers. There is no better antidote for depression, self-centeredness, discontentment than sincere Wordkeeping. Self-pity melts away under the light shining from the Word.

 

Focusing on the Word of God takes our minds off of ourselves and our troubles. It gives us hope and encouragement. Psychology wants us to focus on our negative feelings so we can fix them. Psychology tells us to feel them, and express them, and experience a kind of catharsis through the pain of expression. Crying, venting, through deep emotions is all part of the therapy.

 

God says, don’t look back, Press forward. Leave all the old baggage with Him. He will set things straight in the judgment, and we can trust Him to be loving and fair.

 

Are you in denial? Now, there is a time for us to be in denial. That is self-denial. We must deny our rights to wallow in our self-pity. We must deny our rights to focus on our pain. If we do go back into our past, it should only be to remember how good God has been to us.I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.” Ps. 77:11,12.

 

The emotional healing that comes from Wordkeeping does not have any false psychology mixed with it. It is pure healing, straight from God. You can depend on it, because it works. The Word of God is our counselor.

 

Notice in the following passage how we are called to praise God for His goodness. Even when we rebel, and go against the counsel of His Word, He still helps us when we call on Him. What a wonderful God we have!

 

“Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. Such as sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, being bound in affliction and iron; Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the most High: Therefore he brought down their heart with labour; they fell down, and there was none to help. Then they cried unto the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out of their distresses. He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder. Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!” Psalm 107:8-15

 

Praising the Lord is incredibly healing for our bruised souls. Psalm 22:3 tells us that God dwells with those who praise Him. Praise lifts us up to God, and fills us with joy. It draws us near to God’s heart. It’s impossible to remain depressed when we are praising the Lord. It’s an automatic cure, a powerful cure for depression. (We’re referring to the depressed state we get ourselves into by negative thinking, not clinical depression.)

 

Negative thinking is what catapults us into a downer mood. The Word of God is available to set our thinking back on the right track, to put uplifting, inspiring, hopeful thoughts in our minds. Singing a song of praise to God chases away the blues, and puts a song in our hearts.

 

We find effective solutions for our problems in the Word. We find peace and direction. We find freedom from fear, anxiety, and stress. When we are filled with anxiety, it is a sign that we are not trusting in God. By immersing ourselves in His Word, we begin to build trust, and our anxiety fades away. Our priorities get straightened out as we focus on God.

 

When we struggle with fear, we find that “perfect love casteth out fear.” Knowing that God loves us, and is watching out for us takes away our fear. We need to memorize the text, “The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.” Ps. 34:7. As we read His Word, we will find courage and hope in God’s faithfulness in protecting His children.

 

Truly God is the master healer for all our wounded emotions. “He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

 

Here are your ten texts for today.

 

Heb 4:16

Lutcbuttog, twmom, afgthiton.

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Heb 9:27

Aaiiaumotd, battj:

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Heb 11:1

Nfitsothf, teotns.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Heb 13:8

JCtsy, atd, afe.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Jam 1:5

Iaoylw, lhaoG, tgtaml, aun; aisbgh.

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Jam 1:27

PraubGatFit, Tvtfawita, atkhuftw.

James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Jam 4:7

SyttG. Rtd, ahwffy.

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

Jam 4:10

HyitsotL, ahslyu.

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

Jam 4:17

Tthtktdg, adin, thiis.

James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

1 Pe 5:7

Caycuh; fhcfy.

1 Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

 

In His Love,

Linda Kirk

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