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Heal Your Heart and Find Freedom part 3 of 4
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PART III: Walk It Out And Stay Healed/Stay Free
Before we dive into the practical part of how to get healed in detail, I want to cover how to stay healed because it has been my experience that once someone is healed and set free, the enemy comes without delay to steal their healing and freedom. Without the knowledge of how to stay healed many people fall prey once again to the enemy.
In the last part we took a look at the 8 areas of prayer that we need to take to the Lord in order to bring healing to wounds in our heart. If we pray about what the Lord wants to heal in our heart He will reveal hurts or wounds to us so that we can address each one in prayer. We want to get the oppression or influence of demonic forces out of our lives and keep it out. One important note regarding staying healed is if we find ourselves doing the wrong things again after being set free, we will get messed up again. Do the wrong things and get demonic oppression back that will help you all the more down the wrong negative road and in time you will be worse than before.
Events in our lives and our reactions to them enforces our beliefs and outlook on life whether positive or negative. People often doubt the promises of God because their life experiences have not always lined up with God’s word and promises so we doubt God's word. We weigh God’s promises against our life’s experiences and expect we will get more of our negative past experiences instead of the abundant life Jesus promised. Yes, true Christians can expect to be persecuted for their beliefs but they should not expect curses, oppression from the devil, or have a general negative outlook on life. Persecution for Christ's sake is very different that oppression from the devil. Jesus went about healing those who were oppressed by the devil.
Speaking of Jesus I want to remind you of a great miracle that He worked. There was a man named Jairus who believed without a doubt that Jesus could heal his dying daughter. Jesus agreed to come with Jairus and heal his daughter but before they could get to the place where his daughter lay sick word came to them that she had died. The people around Jairus said do not trouble the teacher (Jesus) any longer since your daughter is dead. They believed from life's experiences that death was final and no one could raise the dead. But Jesus said do not fear but only believe your daughter will be well. Jesus was encouraging them to believe in something contrary to their past experiences. We need to do the same and believe in the promises of God.
If and when we doubt God’s word, we open ourselves up to receive and once received, to enforce the spirit of doubt and unbelief. There are many experiences in life that cause us to have a negative outlook or negative emotions and beliefs. Anger and bitterness is another common negative trait many need to be free from. And if something triggers anger in your soul and you give in to anger you may receive and/or enforce the negative energy or demonic energy of rage, bitterness, and even murder.
So when I get set free from the oppression of doubt and unbelief for God’s promises or from anger and bitterness or some other negative trait, how do I stay free? How do I walk it out? How do I walk in faith believing and have a heart abiding in these three, faith, hope, and love? How do you look at and treat your life experiences and expectations with regards to God’s word and promises so that you stay healed?
I believe there are four things we can and should continually do to stay healed once we are healed.
1. Continuing prayer. God can reveal ways in which you can more effectively maintain your healing and freedom. Pray that God would show you how to live and react to life's challenges. Pray that God would show you what you need to know to stay healed. Pray for divine revelation, insight, encounters with the right people, books, teachings, etc. to strengthen you.
2. Council and accountability with one or more knowledgeable and mature Christian. Someone who is equipped to council or perhaps a pastor should be able to give you council on how to stay healed and keep you accountable and on track.
3. Read Christian books on the subject you've dealt with by knowledgable Christian authors. Good books dealing with the areas of your concern can give you insight into walking out the walk of freedom in Christ and trust in God.
4. Perhaps most importantly do a bible "study" on the subject you were set free from. See what God has to say in His word about the issue you had such as doubt or worry or anger or unforgiveness etc. We can find much encouragement in the bible through the words spoken by God and the lives of those written about in the bible.
Again how do you look at and approach or respond to your life’s experiences? How do you see it compared to God’s word and promises? Do a bible meditation on the subject. Start by praying about it. Seek help from qualified sources. Trust and see that the Lord will show you the way. And remember what we sow we shall reap.
7 Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. 8 For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. 9 And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.
In the next segment we will look at the prayers that heal.