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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