Saturday, September 17, 2016

THE HEALING OF GODLY GRIEF

I really did not want to write an article about this subject
but the Holy Spirit kept tugging inside of me explaining that
there are many people needing to hear this message,
ncluding myself. In other words people are hurting on
 the inside and they do not really know what to do with
their pain.

Did you ever just look at a relationship or the world and
get so vexed in your heart at what you see? If it hits our
 sour spot we can really start to take it personal. Deep
down it is just not in us to accept what we our looking
 at or experiencing because it goes against who we are
(what we stand for).

Then comes the enduring process as we grieve,usually
a loss of some kind. The development of grief does not
 have to be a death in the family. It could be looking at
 the world or maybe some kind of rejection or betrayal.
 We could be witnessing an injustice being done to
someone else. Perhaps a sickness but people respond
  different based on their personalities. I would like to talk
 about the root, not the symptom.

There are different degrees of hurt but we can grieve in
a Godly constructive way. This is a privilege that very few
 people ever have the luxury of going through. Worldly
 grief leads to misery. Godly grief leads to healing. Emotions
such as fear,anxiety,preoccupation and stress most of the
 time are a cover up for where God wants to bring us in
 our hearts....a place of healing through His Son Jesus Christ.

There is a sense of repentance in Godly grief, whether we
did wrong or an injustice was done to us.

We cannot really go into this spiritual realm of Godly grief
 ourselves. God has to bring us to this point,usually through
 our willingness to go. Sometimes Godly grief just comes
upon us and our will. In this case we do not have a whole
 lot to do with the process.

The worldly process keeps us from Godly grief because
 it is so superficial. The real us (the hurt inside of us that
God desires to bring out) will usually be suppressed.The
world places an emphasis on the outside.Many people
are hurting on the inside.

When we are wronged in one way or another, usually we
 become very shortsighted and emphasize our hurt.Some
 people will say, "That time is the greatest healer" but I
believe that is more of a cliché than a biblical truth.Time
 may blunt some of the hurt in us but always remember
 the Holy Spirit is the greatest healer. John 14:16 says
 "I will pray the Father and He shall give you another
 Comforter,that He may abide with you forever."

God created time. The Holy Spirit heals,comforts and
reassures us through Jesus Christ. At this point sometimes
in our hurt we will look for somebody to rescue us but that
 role and title belongs to Jesus Christ.Is.61:1,2. This verse
 says, "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me: because the
 Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the
meek; he hath sent me to bind up the broken hearted,
 to proclaim liberty to the captive, and the opening of
 the prison to them that are bound; (2) To proclaim the
acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance
 of our God; to comfort all that mourn." This verse is
 talking about Jesus Christ.

When He rescues us,He comforts us in our mourning.
 We cannot rescue somebody in their hurt nor can a
person save us. We can love,empathize,counsel and
 offer a helping hand but Jesus Christ rescues people
through salvation in Him because He will be the one
 getting the glory forever and ever, not us.John 3:16,
Dan.7:14,Rev.15:4. Ultimately, only God can reach
 someone's heart (hurt).

Remember through this whole process of broken
emotions God is building something special into
our lives even through our pain. Maybe I should
say especially through our hurt.

As children of God, just because we don't feel this
process does not mean it is not happening. "Being
confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun
a good work in you will perform it until the day of
Jesus Christ." Phil 1:6.

Our anxiety and fear will cover up emotions against
the core of who we really are in Jesus Christ. Letting
the Holy Spirit deal with our pain in His way and His
 time will give us supernatural and Godly peace which
 surpasses all understanding.(6) "Be careful for nothing;
 but in everything by prayer and supplication with
 thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto
 God. (7) And the peace of God, which passeth all
understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds
through Christ Jesus." Phil 4:6-7.

If we decide to go to the person or group that hurt us
 (if this is even possible) realize that he, she or the group
may have a cold heart and will not be able to sympathize
or emphasize with our pain. If no empathy is given, internal
 frustration will usually set inside.

God wants us to turn to Him in our pain. Remember Hebrews
4:14-16 says we can come boldly unto the throne of grace
 because Jesus can relate to our struggles in life. If we have
accepted Jesus Christ as our personal Savior the Holy Spirit
came to live inside of us. When we allow the Holy Spirit to
 fill us, our hurt will be absorbed in the person of Jesus
Christ. Worrying is counterproductive. This emotion will
 get us nowhere.

I believe this is the most important principle that I am
about to mention. I hear this all the time. Someone will
say to somebody else, "You have to change." Here is the
 problem with that premise, especially in the midst of
our hurts. We cannot change. We can only submit (to
good or bad). God changes us through His Son Jesus Christ.
 "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature:
 old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new

." 2nd Cor.5:17. This verse describes God changing an individual
 through His Son Jesus Christ. If we submit to God through His
Son Jesus Christ He will change us, but only God can do this.

The presence of the Holy Spirit comforts us in our Savior Jesus
Christ. Be patient in this changing process through our
ubmission to God. I suppose it can happen overnight but not
 very often. Salvation in Jesus Christ takes place at the moment
 an individual comes to the foot of the cross and accepts the
 Savior for the remission of his or her sins who is Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ heals through the power of the Holy Spirit. We were
 made for closure with God, ourselves and other people.

For those of you that are going through a trial, sometimes just
when one episode ends, another one starts. God desires to
 grant us a release through Jesus Christ. If you have read any
of my articles, you know my position on how close we are to
the rapture of the Church. As I sit here writing this paper I can
almost feel the joy of the resurrection now!

What is happening on the inside is far more important than
what is taking place on the outside. I know the human part
of us becomes overwhelmed; however,God desires that
quality of rest for our souls through the empowering work
of the Holy Spirit. I personally believe asking God to take us
to this righteous grieving process is good because the
supernatural peace of God will abide in us.

In 1st Peter 1:6-8 the Holy Spirit is talking about intense
 trials,sufferings and temptations and then Peter says,
 "Ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory." As
Christians, regardless as to what we are going through,
 we are destined for "Joy unspeakable and full of glory."
 1st Peter 1:8.

The Bible says in John 11:35 "Jesus wept." That tells me
istant and cold but the Bible says, "He that loveth not
 knoweth not God; God is love." 1st John 4:8.

Jesus said "Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven." Matt 5:3. The principle here is that
God is Holy and we are sinful. He is all and we are nothing
(yet God makes us feel special in His Son Jesus Christ). I
would think a contrite spirit always wanting the grace of
 God is what Jesus is trying to convey. The second beatitude
is "Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be comforted.
"Matt 5:4.

The primary reason we are to mourn or grieve is because of
the first beatitude.... being poor in spirit. Grief over being poor
in spirit will lead to God's comfort.

People need a sense of closure in the midst of their pain and
this will not happen apart from God. We are certainly not
 going to find it in the world. Jesus Christ gives us closure in Him.

There is a verse in the last book of the Bible. "And God shall
wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no
more death,neither sorrow,nor crying,neither shall there
be any more pain: for the former things are passed away
" Rev 21:4. The context of this verse is at the end of the one
 thousand year reign of Jesus Christ.

It is in the character of God to comfort His people. He is a
 merciful God. 2nd These 2:16 says, "Now our Lord Jesus
Christ himself,and God, even our Father, which hath loved
us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope
 through grace." This is His nature. He is ... "The Father of
 mercies,and the God of all comfort." 2nd Cor 1:3.

In heaven we will be able to meet redeemed saints
throughout history that went through the same
 overwhelming situations that we experienced.
The circumstances will disappear but the relationship
with Jesus Christ will last forever.

It is good to accept the Lord Jesus Christ into your heart
as your personal Savior if you have not already made this
 all important eternal decision.To properly grieve through
 a problem takes the God of all comfort working through
us. Otherwise it is just an exercise in futility.

For a person to try and deal with this on their own
without God will lead to misery. Choose healing
in Jesus Christ as we seek the God of all comfort
until Jesus Christ calls us home in the rapture.
 That will be soon. Perhaps today/tonight!

Love in Christ,
Bob D

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