In this world we are filled with joys and sorrows. We have things that happen to us through the years that seem to define who we become, whether right or wrong. We suffer from wounds that drive many of the choices we make and even the sin we live in. Those wounds often get buried deep in our hearts for a long time. We hide behind our fig leafs and those things never come to the surface. We don’t let anyone in and then we let those wounds define a false self in us and for the world to see. This could be wounds you suffered from your parents, siblings and other family, anyone else around you. When they hit you as a kid they hurt. You may not realize it, but they really begin to take hold of your life.
I’ve suffered through many of my own wounds. Many I suppressed for a long time. I bared a great deal of weight on my shoulders and tried so hard to prove myself in my family life and work life. I realized I was missing a key part of it all. God. I came to believe in Christ long ago, but it was not until my 30s until my life really began to point more seriously toward him. Now at 36, I’ve crossed a whole new bridge as I’ve come to realize that I really needed Jesus to get down deep into my heart to uncover those wounds so that they could be brought to the surface and nailed to Cross for good. Jesus wants to restore our hearts. He came to make our hearts new. We have to be willing to let him though. We have to open the door to let him in. He opened the door to our salvation already now we have to let Him come in and heal us so we can walk through that door.
While I was in Colorado, Jesus dove way down deep in to my heart. I had wounds in there I never wanted to admit or let out, but things that completely defined the false self I became for the first part of adulthood. It hurt like I had never hurt before. The thing was, this is exactly what I needed. I needed the Lord to dig into my heart. As I walked in communion with him I heard him initiating me into the man he new that I was. The man that I was meant to be all along. I was never fully initiated into manhood and grew up faster than I should have. Now I could hear the Father calling me HIS SON. I was HIS SON and he called me out to be the warrior and the man I was meant to be. Truly amazing the intimate counseling that He offers us.
Ephesians 4:23 says to “let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.” I think I referenced this in my last post, but it is so true. If you let the Holy Spirit in. If you let God into your heart and into your wounds he will renew your thoughts and your attitudes. Verse 24 says, “Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy.” When we allow him fully into our lives to counsel and heal us, we come closer to the Father. We are his image bearers and being renewed in him gives us our new and true nature.
This does not just stop with my trip out to Colorado though. I now know I need to seek God’s counsel for so much more. When wounds begin to resurface or when struggles come that seem to pull me down, I know I can walk with God and talk with him. He will pull me from the struggles I find myself in. None of us have to live in the dark places of our wounds. Many choose to, but we don’t have to and Christ set us free from the enemies grip on us and our wounds. We are told in Colossians 2, that Jesus disarmed the angels of darkness. We don’t have to bound to them any longer or let them dwell in our wounds. Christ won that battle.
God knows our hearts (Luke 16:15). He knows exactly where we are in our life and Jesus came to restore our hearts. In order to do so however, we must let him come to where we are and into our wounds. He won’t leave us there if we trust him, though. The pain will be temporary and you will come alive from that. I’ve never felt as alive as I do right now and I’m fired up to where God is leading. I needed his counseling first in order to come to where I am.
“God never said that the journey would be easy, but He did say that the arrival would be worthwhile.” – Max Lucado