Through His eyes

God was messing with my perceptions of people… God wants ‘everyone’ to repent! That’s the prostitute, transvestite, thief, murderer and the two gay guys I bumped into as I walked along the Pier.

A box has six rigid sides, and our minds have pre-conceived perceptions of the fearfully, wonderfully made human beings God created. As His children, many times We try to fit Him into our self-imagined, six-sided boxes.

During a moment of tender-hearted inspiration, while taking a leisurely walk along the Pier, I had asked God to help me see the people around me through His eyes. As I exited the uphill slope that led away from the Pier, an elderly gentleman dressed in a colourful blouse and skirt, with a face made up and hair neatly brushed back said hello to me.

It was the depth of His voice as he spoke that drew my attention to Him.

Sitting on a bench at the furthest end of the Pier no more than twenty minutes later, a well-known local guy, dressed in a white mini skirt, white t-shirt and white sunglasses walked by. We had a brief conversation, as he shared that today was his first day off in twelve days.

I had sensed it as the elderly man in the blouse and skirt said hello. Seeing the guy in the mini skirt confirmed it! God was messing with my perceptions of people. Would I judge these men and view them through the stereotypical lens that says; ‘gay guys’, or would I see two lost souls needing the love and healing of a saviour?

What were your initial thoughts and perceptions about the images of the two men depicted above?

You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things – Romans 2:1(NLT).

God wants ‘everyone’ to repent! That’s the prostitute, transvestite, thief, murderer and the two gay guys I bumped into as I walked along the Pier.

What do you think God’s heart and thoughts are towards them?

2nd Peter 3:9 says,

The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed but wants everyone to repent.

God’s ways and thoughts are higher than ours. He doesn’t condone our sin but wants to transform our sinful nature and conform us to become like the perfect man – Jesus.

The woman caught in the act of adultery.

The Samaritan woman by the well.

The Gadarene demoniac.

Zacchaeus the tax collector.

You, me… He wants to save us all.

A pure heart

Anger, fear, hurt, bitterness and unforgiveness; neatly disguised under a deceptive exterior… God is more concerned about the state of our hearts rather than externals

Sitting in my garden, I bit into a nectarine. Its bright yellow flesh offered suggestions of juicy sweetness; just how I liked them but as I ate around the seed, near the core, I tasted something unpleasant; which made me peer more intently at the fruit.

The seed appeared hollow and part of it had broken off, however, another bite caused the nectarine seed to split in two, revealing a mouldy decayed centre, shaped almost like a heart.

My thoughts centred on how many of us are beautiful and nicely made up on the outside but plagued with decaying hearts, just like my nectarine. Hearts full of unresolved anger, fear, hurt, bitterness and unforgiveness; neatly disguised under a deceptive exterior.

God is more concerned about the state of our hearts rather than exteriors. As humans, our words, and what we display externally, reflects what’s going on beneath the many masks that we wear, to camouflage the true state of our hearts.

Under the surface, a teenage girl dressed promiscuously, is likely expressing an insecure heart crying out for the love and attention of a father. A person that displays uncontrolled fits of anger, could be hiding a heart that is fearful and afraid of losing control. Someone who is a workaholic may be using work as a way to ignore trauma or emotional issues.

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks – Luke 6:45 (b)

God wants to touch our families and communities with the overflow of His love from our hearts, but in order to fill our hearts, He needs to deal with the rotten core and remove decaying roots.

Unfortunately, many of us are not aware of the true state of our hearts, until God’s light exposes the hidden darkness.

The entrance of Your word gives light; it gives understanding to the simple – Psalm 119:130

Positionally, in Christ, when we become born again, we are forgiven, delivered and complete but in the natural, there are issues we need to work through (many relational), as we renew our minds and are changed from one degree of glory to another, into the image of Christ.

We may have wondered why we act in certain ways. Perhaps we’re overly quiet in social settings or find that we’re controlled by irrational fears. God’s Spirit within us, sees these flaws and wants to bring the needed healing.

Sadly, unless we recognise these areas of need, expose them to Him and ask Him for healing, we may end up just like my nectarine; although it looked really enticing on the outside, I thought it best to stop eating it.

Do you want God to flow unhindered through you as a vessel, to touch the lives of the people around you? Will you allow Him to uncover the real you? The one beneath all the different layers of onion peels. The you He intended when you were intricately woven by your creator in secret.

If you would really like God to expose the root of any hidden, deeply entrenched, negative behavioural patterns, pray this prayer from Psalm 139 with a sincere heart;

Dear Father, search me 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.

First steps

If we are truly His sons, when we go astray, God, our Father lovingly disciplines us….. we get ourselves tied up in all sorts of knots, just like children falling over in the mud

From the time we receive the seed of His word into our hearts and are born as new babes in Christ, until we know who we really are in Christ, the tendency is that we may likely make foolish mistakes and take faltering steps that lead us somewhat away from the path God intended and end up getting ourselves tied up in knots. Especially given that discipleship isn’t readily offered to new believers in the way it was in the early Church.

God’s mercy is rich and so He constantly calls out to us, being the loving Father that He is and hopes that we will heed His warnings and wooing but very much like the children of Israel, many of us persist in our foolish ways, until we’re caught in a trap which our sly enemy (who’s always lurking in the shadows), sets for those of us that choose to believe in the Name JESUS and set out to follow in the footsteps He has laid down for us.

As we start out on this journey, we may not fully understand that the core of our identity is as spirit beings; recreated in Christ. Our spirit is the candle of the Lord and the place of our deepest connection with God. This is the part of us that is renewed when we become born again.

‘But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him’ – John 4:23.

We are tripartite beings, made up of spirit, soul and body.

The renewal that has taken place in our spirit is designed to permeate our souls and bodies, until we each reach the full measure of the stature of Christ. However, this takes discipline and a determined effort to cooperate with the Spirit of God, in forsaking our old ways, which flowed naturally (effortlessly) from our sinful nature and follow the new lifestyle, which is laid out in the Scriptures and tallies with our new nature as righteous sons of God.

We are called to look into the mirror of His word daily and realise who we are (renew our minds), turn away from our sinful ways, which flowed out of our previous nature as sinners, be continually filled with His Spirit, led by His Spirit and partner with Him in the plans and purposes He has for reconciling the world to him.

But unfortunately, many of us are not aware that our souls can become wounded and contaminated by the earthly pollutant of sin and we fall unsuspectingly into the murky cesspit of sin, our souls become darkened and the light that shone so brightly at the point of our conversion to Christ becomes dimmed and confusing.

The enemy’s game plan is to steal from, kill or destroy us, so he is constantly looking for in-roads to our lives. Any opportunity to stop us from realising who we really are in Christ and fulfilling the purposes that our Father has for us.

If we are truly His sons, when we go astray, God, our Father disciplines us. This is actually a good thing (be wary if you call yourself a child of God but have never experienced His discipline!).

We may get ourselves tied up in all sorts of knots, just like children that end up falling over in the mud, as they attempt to start taking their first few steps, but Abba Father knows how to rescue His children out of all troubles.

We may experience pain, turmoil, confusion and affliction, have to sit the same test all over again; wasting precious years and opportunity in the process, nevertheless, Father God will lovingly restore all that we have lost in our ignorance and wanderings, if we do not give up, and allow ourselves to be trained by the experiences He allows; to help us learn how to obey His voice.

He turned water into wine

Are you ready to submit to His process? We may not understand what He is doing but we need to trust that He does and is in control

Crushing, pressing, extraction.

I marvel at how Jesus’ sweat became blood, as he pressed beyond the realm of the natural to the bountiful provision of the very life of God that enabled Him to walk the road to Golgotha that led to His own crucifixion and death.

His very sweat became blood, like water turned into wine.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, He had to fight against the human tendency to hold on to and preserve life. He had heard the misleading voice of the evil one before, through the words of Peter, encouraging him against fulfilling the will of God. He rebuked Him openly saying, “Get away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s” – Matt 16:23.

What perspective do you have of the trial that you are facing right now? Can you see God in the centre of it, His purposes? Or are you listening to the liar, the accuser, the one who would bid you take the easier road? Anything but surrender to the crushing process; the breaking of the vessel that allows for the new wine to flow unhindered.

The life of God within us, enables us to press beyond the natural. When our strength wanes during seasons of suffering, the Holy Spirit’s longsuffering enables us to persevere in the face of the most difficult circumstances.

We were promised that the very power of God; that raised Jesus Christ from the dead, will give life to our mortal bodies; through His indwelling Spirit. That is what enabled Jesus Christ to submit to His death upon the cross, coupled with the joy that He knew would await Him on the other side of His trial!

The early disciples counted it all joy and were encouraged be joyful in tribulation; so different to what our natural self understands or agrees with.

Sulk, complain, admit defeat, or get angry, but be joyful? I can just imagine the unexpressed expletives of Jesus’ natural man, as He led His flesh to be crucified, “Are you stark raving mad? Jesus, You really do not wanna die! What are you doing? I am scared!”

A line from the song ‘New wine’ by Hillsong says,

“In the crushing, in the pressing, you are making new wine, in the soil I now surrender, you are breaking new ground”.

The crushing is to allow the life of Christ to flow out from within us.

When Saul had an encounter with Jesus on the Road to Damascus, the voice (which was the Lord’s), that responded to Saul’s question, “who are you?”, said, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me? It is useless for you to fight against my will”.

Are you struggling to surrender to God’s will for your life, with the processes He is taking you through? Are you fearful of letting go, because you don’t know the intricacies of the journey He’s leading you on?

Father God promises that His plans towards us are always good and not for evil and as His child, there is no doubt that you know He is a good Father. We may not understand what He is doing but we need to trust that He does and is in control.

Are you ready to submit to His process? Remember, Jesus says, “It’s useless to fight against His will!”

THE devil is a LIAR

‘The enemy’s tactics haven’t changed…… His sole mission is to accuse ‘the brethren’; those loved furiously by God’

Putting on my prescription glasses this morning was like putting on a pair of butter smeared spectacles! I could hardly see a thing through the clouded lenses.

Can you relate? Do your glasses smear up almost immediately after they’ve been cleaned?

But many times, isn’t that how we view the word of God and our Heavenly Father, through cloudy lenses, through darkened perceptions of His love and expressions?

We cower in fear of an enemy whose power has been destroyed, our confused minds suffer the torment and taunts of an opportunist; a cunning, crafty enemy who has lingered around and gained insight into basic human nature and specific family patterns, in a bid to keep us enslaved.

THE devil IS A LIAR, and herein lies His power!

His whole kingdom hinges on darkness, deception and diabolical methods of luring unsuspecting humans.

Like spiders that scurry out from under the security of the darkened damp underside of a rock, the enemy scarpers once he’s been exposed!

To thrive and benefit from the abundant life in Christ offered to us, it’s imperative that our perceptions align with the truth of God’s word, as revealed to us by His Spirit.

We can’t rely on recycled messages but need to receive direct revelation from the source; the Holy Spirit. It’s that deep!

One denomination says this (denominations are man-made inventions and do not originate from God), another doesn’t believe that, and so our perceptions can become distorted or inaccurate.

Galatians 1:8 says,

But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed!

The enemy’s tactics haven’t changed. His sole mission is to accuse ‘the brethren’; those loved furiously by God.

In the same way he beguiled Eve, by questioning the authenticity of God’s word, he seeks to distort the truth and deter us from realising who we really are; beloved, forgiven, righteous sons of God, full of the very same Spirit that brought Jesus Christ back from the dead.

Jesus asked the early disciples the very same question He is asking us today,

“Who do men say that I, the son of Man, am?” So they said, “Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?

Prayer: Father, forgive us for neglecting your truth and listening to the liar. Fill us with a deep desire and hunger to know you, and please open the eyes of our heart, that we may see you clearly.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating…

Why failing to sample a taste may be the answer for the mundane, powerless, caricatured lives many of us live today as believers…

I love the scene in the programme ‘Great British Menu’, where striped, apron cladded servers, in tandem; carry trays of different foods created by aspiring contestants through to the judges, whose job it is, to sample the dishes and give their verdict.

The verdict is never given only on an external, visual examination of the dishes but only after each judge has sampled and tasted the range of dishes handed to them on a tray.

‘Taste and see that the LORD is good; How blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him!’ – Psalm 34:8.

Have you tasted Jesus?

This may seem an unusual question, but is the key to why so many of us live lives that are a poor reflection of the life of Jesus.

Why are 21st Century believers different to the early followers spoken about in the book of Acts? Why are our lives far removed from the lives of Paul, John, Peter, Stephen and many other early followers?

Where is the ‘being joyful in tribulation’, the laying hands on the sick, the casting out of demons, the love, unity and power of God?

Jesus said;

“You are busy analysing the Scriptures, poring over them hoping to gain eternal life. Everything you read points to me, yet you still refuse to come to me so I can give you the life you’re looking for – eternal life!” – John 5: 39 – 40 (TPT).

We haven’t been called to cultivate a head knowledge of Jesus but to know an actual person; JESUS, in the form of the Holy Spirit! This is the life of a follower of Jesus in its most basic form.

Becoming a Believer in Jesus is an invitation to an intimate relationship with the Spirit of Christ.

Jesus isn’t here physically any more but His Spirit is here, poured out on the day of Pentecost and available today for anyone who wants Him!

This is what it means to truly be born again… the very Spirit, essence, life of Jesus indwelling our hearts, the deepest recess of our being, fused with our spirits, enabling us to hear His voice, commune with Him and become intimately acquainted with Him.

If you haven’t yet experienced this (and I’m not referring to just speaking in tongues), what have you believed? This is the message that was given to the disciples, which was passed down to us.

An inner transformation that takes place because Jesus Himself (by His Spirit), is living and at work in our very hearts.

If you’ve received a gift of tongues from the One who freely gives us all gifts, don’t you think it’s about time to meet the gift giver?

‘It is the Spirit Who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit and they are life’ – John 6:33 (NKJV).

We can spend all our lives going into Church buildings, attending conferences, singing songs that speak of Jesus and reading His word but never actually know Him, never experience His love, touch or hear His voice… it’s time to scrutinise and question what we have heard and believed;

‘Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognise this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you – unless indeed you fail the test?’ – 2 Corinthians 13:5 (NASB).

Would you like a taste of Jesus? Are you hungry? Thirsty maybe?

Let’s pray – Dear Father, thank You for the intense love that You have for me. It’s such a privilege that You have given Your son to me and that He would choose to dwell in my Heart. I believe, I want to know You Jesus, intimately. Please forgive me for all of my futile attempts to please You. Forgive my ignorance, cleanse me from my sin and fill me with your life… come live in me Jesus.

The unending source

Freedom from the fear of death, panic, anxiety and all its cohorts?……….. Why the answer lies in a name you’ve probably heard before

Source ~ A place, person, or thing from which something originates or can be obtained.

Where does life come from? If your thoughts are trailing down the path of sperm cells, eggs and zygotes, you’re heading in the wrong direction… life has a source, an unending source.

Even though our physical lives on earth have an expiry date, do you know that God has provided an alternative source of life that is unending for anyone who wants it? A life that transcends all that is natural, is eternal in nature, and that we can start to live out of, even before the physical expression of our lives fade away.

Think about what this could mean! Freedom from the fear of death, panic, anxiety and all its cohorts, joy in place of depression; which is linked to fear. Access to the creative stream as an expressive outlet of purpose; leading to fulfilment. Continuous health and healing from the source of life for our bodies if we’re ever sick, an infusion of zest, energy, boldness and power from the original wellspring and a life full of hope!

When Jesus first attempted to tell His disciples about this life, they just didn’t get it. He said;

“I am the way, the truth, and the life…” – John 14:6(a)

The response from His disciples; “Lord, we do not know where You are going, and how can we know the way?” and Lord, show us the Father, and it is sufficient for us”, indicated that they were clueless as to what Jesus was trying to reveal to them.

Do you get it, or are you clueless, just like the early disciples (bless them)?

Jesus is that source, the source of all life; physical and eternal, the source of all wisdom, knowledge, understanding, creativity, healing, power and love; it all flows from Him.

In John 14:6, He was actually saying, ‘I am the unending source of life’.

It’s quite simple really, but as humans, we like to reason and use logic to explain concepts and ideas. That’s what the disciples were doing; using human reasoning to question Spiritual ideology, but Jesus was talking about a realm beyond the reach of natural reasoning, that requires faith to access it; the Spiritual realm.

We’re familiar with the spiritual when it comes to ghosts, the paranormal and the spooky supernatural, but there’s a Holy side of spirituality, that is higher and more powerful than the dark side filtered through our screens (conquered by Jesus on the cross), that seeks to mortify and terrify us.

God offers us access to that unending Supernatural life through the Spirit of His Son, the HOLY SPIRIT.

Have you heard the words to the song ‘Fame’ by Irene Cara? (it’s an old one!), the chorus goes like this;

I’m gonna live for ever
I’m gonna learn how to fly (high)
I feel it coming together
People will see me and cry (pray)
I’m gonna make it to heaven
Light up the sky like a flame (flame)
I’m gonna live forever
Baby remember my name

I’m not sure about the ‘flying high’, and ‘people crying when they see me’ bits (Jesus’ kingdom isn’t built on self-centred living!), but the offer of an unending source of life depicted in the imagery of the song above by Cara, spoken about by Jesus the son of God, in John 14, and by Paul and many other disciples, is today, accessible to all.

Today, Jesus is still saying; “I am the way, the truth and the life…”

Why live a life with an expiry date on it when you can live a life with an unending source that transcends into eternity?

The muck in get your hands dirty kinda God

Concerned with the plight of the drug addict, murderer and sex worker, He doesn’t turn away from the cries of anguish and instances of grief, distress or torment.

The slums, street corners, red light districts, calamities, messes and crisis’ of our world is not where you’d find many dignitaries or kings today, unless that is, they’re on a walk-through, flanked either side by officials and body guards… but not this King. This King is a muck in, get your hands dirty kind of King.

‘So he got up from the meal, took off his outer clothing, and wrapped a towel around his waist. After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples’ feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him’. – John 13: 4 – 5.

In harrowing places of pain, darkness, decadence and sorrow; He steps in to bring beauty to life’s ashes, to undo the wrongs, injustices and corruption of men with darkened hearts.

When Jesus walked the earth in His day, the Jews and people around Him just didn’t get it! They reasoned He was just Jesus, ‘the carpenter’s son’ (they saw no evidence of physical grandeur or wealth).

The soldiers that nailed Him to the cross mocked His title; ‘King of the Jews and placed a crown of thorns on His head.

His many followers and early disciples reckoned His Kingship to be of an earthly formation, and asked Him times over whether He was going to ‘restore the Kingdom to Israel’, but though Jesus is truly a king; the concept of earthly Kingship was far from what Jesus had in mind when He spoke about His Kingdom.

‘What did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothes? Look, those who wear soft clothes are in king’s palaces’. – Matthew 11: 8.

He told His disciples that they were to be different to the power mongering rulers of this world that flaunt their authority and rule it over their people.

The lyrics of the song ‘God of the moon and stars’, by Kraayenoord sums it up succinctly;

God of the moon and stars
God of the gay- and singles bars
God of the fragile hearts we are, I come to you
God of our history, God of the future that will be
What will you make of me, I come to you

God of the meek and mild,
God of the reckless and the wild
God of the unreconciled, I come to you
God of our life and death
God of our secrets unconfessed
God of our every breath, I come to you

God of the rich and poor
God of the princess and the whore
God of the ever open door, I come to you
God of the unborn child
God of the pure and undefiled
God of the pimp and paedophile, I come to you.

Is this the King you’re familiar with; the God Who mucks in and gets His hands dirty? The God who is concerned with the plight of the drug addict, murderer, sex worker, olders, youngers and drug runners fuelling the dissemination of drugs across county lines?

He doesn’t turn away from the deprivation of our world, from the cries of anguish and instances of grief, distress or torment.

In His own words Jesus said,

“For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (Mark 10: 45).

As professing followers of Jesus, it begs we ask ourselves the question; what exactly is it that we’ve come to earth to do?

Tuning in

When He says, “child, don’t go to that destination you had in mind”, obey immediately, knowing that as the source of all wisdom and knowledge, Jesus has seen what is ahead…

How important it is to recognise, hear and obey the voice of our commander in chief (Jesus), as children of God!

Take this scenario, ‘The battle has been fierce. Your side has gained significant ground but suddenly without warning, your opponent springs a surprise attack, advancing towards you from an unknown hideout’.

As the enemy closes in, the captain of your army sees them advancing and quickly shouts out, “RETREAT, RETREAT”, but you’re not well trained in immediate response tactics. Feeling alarmed, you suddenly stop and stall, wasting valuable time. Unfortunately, due to your delayed response, you end up becoming a casualty of war.

Is it any wonder our battle grounds are strewn with casualties of war, or that many of the battles we fight as God’s soldiers end up an utter disaster? Are we even aware that the minute we say ‘YES’ to Jesus, we sign up for war and become an object (target) of warfare?

If we’re not trained in recognising, hearing and obeying the voice of our Commander in Chief, Jesus; Who speaks to us constantly through the Holy Spirit, we may end up just like the soldier in the paragraph above, who stopped, stalled and became a casualty.

As God’s children, we need to be prepared for war! The enemy of our souls is envious of our position in God and will do anything to steal from, kill or destroy us, he has no other mission.

And the Lord said to Satan, “From where did you come?” Then satan answered the Lord, “From going to and fro on the earth and from walking up and down on it”. – Job 1:7

Our only safety is to be so united and in tune with Jesus that we hear and promptly obey His every command. When He says, “child, don’t go to that destination you had in mind”, obey immediately, knowing that as the source of all wisdom and knowledge, Jesus has seen what is ahead and is seeking to shield us from the enemy’s ploy. When He prompts us to pray, let’s pray. We need to train and incline our ears (spiritual), to recognise hear and obey His voice.

Conversely, when the enemy seeks to entice us, let him ruffle our flesh and find it limp and lifeless, so there’s nothing he can really do. When he whispers to us, let’s ignore him, if he offers us death (sin), covered in glitter, turn away from it… refuse everything the enemy has to offer!

God’s word encourages us to reckon ourselves to be ‘dead to sin but alive to God in Christ’ (Rom 6:11).

We’re either one of two things; alive to sin and dead to God, or dead to sin and alive to God in Christ Jesus, walking dead, or dead alive… which one will it be?

His word says, ‘And when He brings out His own sheep, He goes before them; and the sheep follow Him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers: John 10:4 – 5.
Father, I long to recognise, hear and obey only your voice. Tune my hearing to the frequency of your Spirit, help me in faith to become familiar with your voice, not to hear the lying voice of the enemy and to obey promptly whatever I hear you say.

Open Heart Surgery

Each year, people pay out millions of pounds for psychotherapists, therapists and counsellors, to help them unravel and fix their inner pain………. God knows what’s going on in our internal worlds and can help us fix them!

Do you know that surgeons can address more than one artery in a single operation? A double bypass, triple bypass, and quadruple bypass involves two, three or four arteries being repaired in a single surgical procedure.

Our hidden hearts (inner worlds) need fixing too; the home that houses our thoughts, feelings and emotions, where we register pain, hurt, rejection, fear, sadness, shame, jealousy, guilt, bitterness and grief. And yes, you guessed right; sometimes we need more than one part of our heart repaired in a single operation but just how do our hidden hearts get fixed?

‘Pay attention to the welfare of your innermost being, for from there flows the wellspring of life’ – Prov 4:23.

As intricate as physical heart operations are, trained medical Doctor’s carry out numerous operations each day, repairing hearts that go on to function successfully throughout the duration of a person’s lifespan.

God is the only one who sees the unseen and can fix our hidden, hurting, broken hearts.

Many times in our lives, we go through seasons where the arteries, or wounds that need fixing and healing are internal. Some of these wounds, affecting both adults and young people, date back to events that took place in our childhoods. Each year, people pay out millions of pounds for psychotherapists, therapists and counsellors, to help them unravel and fix the inner pain and turmoil that mystifies and hampers them from experiencing wholesome living.

Our Mental Health facilities are full of people locked up in emotional prisons from which they desperately desire to be set free from and many of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors given to treat depressive illnesses, not only have unwanted side effects but many times are not effective in getting to the root cause of why a person is fearful, anxious or depressed.

‘Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression…’ Pro 12:25 (A)

When a person has a broken toe or foot it’s obvious, because the break causes a limp when they attempt to walk but when they have a broken heart, spirit, or are depressed, suicidal or experiencing the hurt of rejection, many times it goes undetected, until the person finds themselves in a state of emotional crisis; where anxiety is out of control or the person has turned to substance misuse, cutting or other quick fixes to help them cope with their internal pain.

Our human bodies were not created to house negative emotions, and when our hearts get clogged up and blocked, we experience the pain in a psychosomatic sense (mind – psyche and body – soma); headaches, chest pains, stomach disorders and other such symptoms, which explains why many times, people come back from the doctor’s surgery perplexed and with negative test results – the root of the symptoms they are experiencing point to broken emotions.

‘Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts’ – Psalm 139:23.

God knows what’s going on in our inner worlds and can help us fix them! If you need a surgical procedure done on your hidden heart, He’s the expert that can give you a diagnosis for your symptoms and successfully carry out any repair work that needs to be done.

Are you ready to be freed from your inner torment? Will you let Him into the hidden places of your heart? It’s not going to be without pain, no surgical procedure ever is, but once the infection is cleaned out and removed, the renewal on the inside will be well worth the ultimate surgeon’s scalpel!