Jesus Has Overcome-
Life sometimes feels like a traumatic minefield doesn’t it? Jesus even said that in this world we will have tribulation. But He also gave us this encouraging promise, “…be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NKJV)
That may sound like a contradiction because “Good Cheer” is not our usual response to trauma, however it is our response to Jesus’ power over trauma. He has overcome for us! This is where we find our help, hope, and yes, good cheer.
Trauma is defined as: a deeply distressing or disturbing experience; physical injury. We all have or will experience it at some point in our lives. Left unhealed, trauma is an open door of access for the enemy to bring torment to our soul. We need to receive Jesus into every traumatic wound and shut those doors.
Being alive on planet earth guarantees you your own share of the pain of trauma. At times we fall into the error of comparing our “deeply distressing or disturbing experience” with someone else’s. But, trauma is relative, meaning we all experience and process difficulties and pain uniquely. We can’t minimize someone else’s pain or magnify our own—Jesus doesn’t. He just understands and cares deeply. We see this beautifully in the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead.
Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha, were Jesus’ close friends (yes, He has those!). Like us, Lazarus’ painful circumstance was actually a set up for a miracle… but, that didn’t lessen the pain. Jesus finally showed up (sometimes He seems late, but He is always right on time), and Lazarus was already dead, with the funeral proceedings well underway. Everyone was weeping, and it appeared as if all was lost.
What was Jesus’ response to this heartbreaking scene of death and mourning? Well, He did not say, “Chin up! Where’s your faith?! Count it all joy you guys! It’s all good!”
No, He actually cried.
“When Jesus looked at Mary and saw her weeping at his feet, and all her friends who were with her grieving, he shuddered with emotion and was deeply moved with tenderness and compassion. He said to them, ‘Where did you bury him?’ ‘Lord, come with us and we’ll show you,’ they replied. Then tears streamed down Jesus’ face.’” John 11:33-35 (TPT)
A True Friend-
Do you know why He wept? Let this healing truth fill your soul: Jesus wept because His friends were heartbroken. He hurts with us. He is not cold, aloof, or distant. He is a true friend. And He did what friends do…He cared deeply.
Then He did what God does! He did the impossible. He raised Lazarus from the dead and restored him to his loved ones:
“Then Jesus, with intense emotions, came to the tomb—a cave with a stone placed over its entrance. Jesus told them, ‘Roll away the stone.’ Then Martha said, ‘But Lord, it’s been four days since he died—by now his body is already decomposing!’ Jesus looked at her and said, ‘Didn’t I tell you that if you will believe in me, you will see God unveil his power?’” John 11:38-40 (TPT)
This is also what Jesus wants to do for every traumatic experience in your life. He wants to heal you, lift you up and out of the grave, remove the grave clothes of residual shame and painful memories, and bring you back to life. Not a damaged life, but a whole and healthy life, full of His love and compassion for others that have been traumatized by life’s trials and painful experiences.
“Then with a loud voice Jesus shouted with authority: ‘Lazarus! Come out of the tomb!’ Then in front of everyone, Lazarus, who had died four days earlier, slowly hobbled out—he still had grave clothes tightly wrapped around his hands and feet and covering his face! Jesus said to them, ‘Unwrap him and let him loose.’” John 11:43-44 (TPT)
Friend, it doesn’t matter if it has been 4 days, 4 years, or 4 decades—Jesus can heal and free you, too! Every trauma from your past will become a testimony for your future, when Jesus steps into the graveyard of your painful memories and says, “Roll away the stone!”
Get The Stone Rolling!
Here are steps for a prayer activation, to receive healing from past trauma:
● Connect with the Lord in a time of quiet intimacy and bring your traumatic memory to Him.
● Forgive each person involved, including yourself if necessary.
● Forgive anyone you feel should have protected you.
● Ask the Lord to show you what lie you may have believed when it happened. (For example: I deserved it; God failed me; I can’t trust anyone; I’ll never be whole again, etc.)
● Renounce the lies, and ask Him to show you the truth.
● Look around the memory and see where Jesus was and what He was doing.
● Give over to the Lord anything that you received from the enemy in the midst of that painful event. (For example: shame, fear, perversion, rejection, anger, jealousy, etc.)
● Ask Him to heal the memory and your heart, mind, and body.
● Ask Him what He wants to give you in exchange for your sorrow?
● Receive! Receive His overflowing love and healing power.
I am standing with you, friend, for your healing and total restoration!
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I got scammed on a mystery shopping deal, lost $600 last Monday, the weekend after I attended Katie Souza event in Tomball.
Pray that the scammers either get caught, or repent, or if not, divine Judgement falls upon them until they do so. I know I am not the only one that lost money.
Oh wow. We are so sorry to hear that! Praying favor on you with financial institutions, and that restitution be made, tenfold, in Jesus name! Yes, praying for Holy Spirit to convict them. Bless you!
Excellent message, as always, Ms Souza and her edifying message and nvestmwnt of time are in Kairos (Gods timing). I’ve already invested substantially in the past and plan to contribute in the near future at least $20-50 and/or be a lifetime contributing member of her resources as well as joining her prayer line of supporters. I will advise when I’m ready with a direct contribution. Thank you
Corina, thank you for your kind words! As always, sow where Holy Spirit tells you to, and thank you for your investment into the Kingdom and partnering with us. It’s an honor that we GET to do this work, with the generous support of people like you! Big hugs!
Can you hold my Son Bill up in prayer…he is 48 yrs. old ..was saved 20 years ago but has been backslidden since and his heart is very very hardened ..he says he can see that my and my daughters lives are “all together” and his is all messed up and he can’t figure out why..we cannot get through to him..he rejects everything we try to say to him..The Lord has to get through to him and we are to leave him with God..but to keep praying…
My daughter and I are both saved and serving The Lord…
Thank you so much
Lord heal us of all wounds and memories/tombs made by trauma in Jesus name. Warm regards Katie and the blog family #Shalom
Thanks for the inspired message.
Last week my wife of 15 years said she wanted a divorce. Having three children this was traumatic news to say the least. I later found out she was talking to an old boyfriend. I have been pursuing Jesus with all my heart the last couple years and my wife has wanted nothing to do with it. Since she asked for the divorce God has not left me alone . He swallowed up my heartbreak with overwhelming love and rest. Over the last 2 years the enemy has touched me often and now what should be the final blow has left me feeling Gods love and healing more than ever. I am here to testify there is a place of intimacy with Father God than can’t be touched or taken…even in the face of tragedy. I pray that anyone who reads this finds the depths of the father’s love for them.
This is excellent advice in general that will help many.
However, I would like to point something out. As Agnes Sanford explains in her classic book “The Healing Gifts of the Spirit,” Christians who are depressed or deeply wounded *cannot* simply pray away their problems. Here’s an insightful quote from her: “These people cannot go to Jesus unless you carry them into His presence.”
Basically, these people need other strong Christians to lay hands on them in order to receive healing and deliverance. They cannot do it on their own. In fact, as Sanford points out, it can actually be dangerous for them to try to face trauma from the past, because it could push them over the edge. They simply cannot deal with this trauma alone.
Anyway, in case you-all haven’t read it, I would highly recommend Sanford’s book “The Healing Gifts of the Spirit.” It’s been a classic for over 50 years.
I hope you find this information helpful. 🙂
My husband and I want to plan to come to your event in Olathe, KS this summer. How do we find the details??
Y’all are just Awesome!!! I just wanted you to know !! I pray divine Blessings n Favor over your staff and Ministry ❤️ Life changing
In Jesus name Amen.Glory to Jesus.
Thank you so much.
Exactly I am going through Katie.
Thanks to Jesus for you.
God bless you.
Katie, thank you for constant teachings. They are so timely! Blessings.
I appreciate your ministry. Are you going to be in Michigan (Detroit-area) anytime in the near future? I missed you when you were in Port Huron. I would love to be in one of your meetings. I pray Spiritual Warfare prayers just like you. I used to follow Bree Keyton, who is powerful in Spiritual Warfare.
I am seeking to be added to your Prayer List. Thank you.
I need to get more focused on doing the Lord’s Work. I haven’t been but have been very distracted and doing idle things. I need to be in a quiet place away from the things that distract me like my family, work-related things, cares of this world.
Hi there! Katie will be in the Minnesota area next month. You can go to her Events page to keep up to date! We will have someone from our prayer team contact you via email! Bless you!
I enjoy reading your blog but this one in particular has really hit home. I’m going keep reading it and let it all totally soak in. Also the TPT Bible version is very refreshing. I had never heard of it. Thank you for your Ministry.
Wonderful blog Katie . Very helpful!!! Thank you so very much!!
I read all your blogs and find them immensely spiritually helpful. I appreciate that you don’t inundate us with the need for mone we all know your need.. You give us teachings via the blog that are your contribution to our lives and it often speaks into mine.
The resurrection of Lazarus, especially the verse ‘Jesus wept’ has often puzzled me. Jesus wept when riding the donkey colt into Jerusalem. The crowd wanted to make him king, but he was weeping for the coming destruction of Jerusalem. He was weeping about unbelief causing the demise of Jerusalem.
It seems to me that there is also such an element in the Lazarus story. Jesus purposely came 4 days after Lazarus’s death. He came to resurrect him.. In the crowd’s experience Jesus had resurrected Jairus daughter and a young man whose mother had no one to care for him. In neither case did Jesus weep. I think in the Lazarus situation Jesus wept perhaps because of the people’s unbelief. It seems to me that coming to resurrect someone would not fill me with sorrow if I came to make everyone happy. This does not discount the other reason for his weeping but I do think it is a worthy part of the story as well.
What do you think?
Yours in Christ,