WHY DOES EMOTIONAL HEALING TAKE SO LONG??

I have been seeking God for the healing of my soul wounds for a long time. Now after 57 years, I finally feel like I am making progress. I haven’t arrived, but as Joyce Meyer says, at least I have left. As I was going through the process, I felt as if I’d never be made whole. It seems like it was taking an eternity! Have you ever wondered why emotional healing seems to take so long to manifest? I asked God about this, and He sent me to Exodus 23:29-30 NIV which reads:

“But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you. Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.”

How can we apply this passage to our lives if we want to become emotionally whole?

RECOGNIZE GOD HAS A REASON FOR THE SLOW PACE
When I reflected on the passage above, I perceived that the wild animals symbolize the things in our lives that will crop up and overrun our relationship with God (e.g., pride and self-sufficiency). If He heals us too fast, our relationship with Him will be adversely affected. You see, God knows us better than we know ourselves. He has the foresight to know how we are going to respond. That is why He heals us incrementally while He builds a relationship with us to the point where He knows that we will unconditionally love Him and refuse to forsake Him no matter what. Therefore, during the healing process, He is solidifying the relationship and knitting our hearts together with His own. As our issues are decreasing, our bond with Him is increasing, and an inversely proportional relationship between the two exists.

ASK FOR GOD’S HELP TO DRIVE OUT EMOTIONAL ISSUES
God said He would drive out the inhabitants of the land. Likewise, we have to ask for God’s help in driving out the issues that plague our souls. I remember back in the day, July 2, 1982, I made a written contract with myself regarding all the ways I was going to change. I had not prayed. I had not asked for the Holy Spirit’s help. It was all about what I was going to do. That’s probably why it took so long for me to change. Eventually, I recognized my folly and sought the Lord’s help. When we ask for His help, we must also remember to totally depend on the Holy Spirit, the Agent of Change, to do the work in us. Do only what He directs you to do, and leave the rest up to Him.

REFUSE TO GIVE UP
Because of the slowness of the process, it’s natural for us to feel as if we will never make it out of the wilderness. But at some point, God says you will have increased enough to possess the land that He has for you: emotional wholeness. Therefore, keep pressing on and pressing into God. Be determined that you will not give up, and by His grace, you will inherit your promised land. Our Father will make all things beautiful in His time (Eccl. 3:11).

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God can and does heal emotions instantly, but most of the time it’s a process. What is your experience regarding the length of time it has taken to receive emotional healing in your life? Please leave a comment below.

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Tracey L. Moore (a.k.a. The Purposeful Poet) is a poet, author and speaker whose goal is to challenge you to be your best for Christ. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Christian Counseling from Oral Roberts University and is an Associate Minister at Chesapeake Christian Center in Chesapeake, Virginia. Learn more about Tracey at http://www.TraceyLMoore.com.

WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME?

Have you ever asked yourself the question, “What’s wrong with me?” I know that I have many times, and God is now challenging me to not do that anymore. God has shown me that this is the wrong question to ask on so many levels.

WHY ASKING “WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME?” NEEDS TO STOP
There are several reasons why we need to stop asking “What is wrong with me?”

  1. The question “What’s wrong with me?” reeks of judgment and condemnation. Romans 8:1 (KJV) says, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus.”
  2. God wants us to focus on the good in ourselves. Didn’t Paul relay In Philippians 4:8 (KJV), “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”? 
  3. God says in Jerimiah 17:10 (NIV), “I the Lord search the heart, I examine the mind.” God is the examiner. Nowhere in the Bible does it tell us to examine ourselves for the purpose of diagnosing ourselves so we can make changes because the scriptures tell us clearly that’s God’s job. The Holy Spirit is the Agent of Change.
  4. Psalm 19:12 (NIV) says, “Who can discern his own errors? Cleanse me from my hidden faults.” David knew it was pointless to ask himself “What’s wrong with me?” because we as human beings don’t have the capability to find errors in ourselves. That information has to be revealed by the conviction of the Holy Spirit.
  5. We are probably asking the question and looking for the answer so that we can fix ourselves and appropriate our own righteousness.

ASKING “WHAT’S WRONG WITH ME?” IS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE
Honestly, that question is injected into our minds by the devil and is fueled by the lie he tells us, “If I don’t focus on what’s wrong with me, I’ll never change.” The truth is, the more I focus on what is wrong with me, the less progress I will make. That seems counterintuitive, but it’s true. Why? I Peter 5:5 says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” So asking “What’s wrong with me?” and trying to change ourselves creates conditions that will impede the anointing of the Holy Spirit.

A BETTER OPTION: PRAYER
Let’s get real. When we stop asking “What’s wrong with me?” that’s a clear indication to God that we have stopped trying to do His job. The better option is to pray and tell God the following:
Lord, I give up. I don’t know what is wrong with me but you do.
I give up trying to diagnose and change myself.
I am asking you to give me revelation and change me by the power of your Holy Spirit.
Please tell me what you want me to do and I’ll do it.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).
I trust you to make the necessary changes in me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

LET’S FOCUS ON JESUS
God won’t work on a problem in us while we are trying to fix ourselves. Therefore, we need to let God diagnose and fix the problems while we focus our attention on Jesus. When we stop asking, “What’s wrong with me?” only then will we be able to see the changes in ourselves we so desperately want.

What are your thoughts about asking “What’s wrong with me?” Please leave a comment below.

Tracey L. Moore (a.k.a. The Purposeful Poet) is a poet, author and speaker whose goal is to challenge you to be your best for Christ. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Christian Counseling from Oral Roberts University and is an Associate Minister at Chesapeake Christian Center in Chesapeake, Virginia. Learn more about Tracey at http://www.TraceyLMoore.com.