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Healing the Wounds of War

By Michael Lane, Executive Director, Delve Christian Ministries
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"He has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn - and I would heal them." John 12:40

A few weeks ago, I wrote a devotional about spiritual warfare with the intention of convincing our readers that none of us can escape the devastating war which has engulfed this world. In this devotional, we want to continue the theme of spiritual warfare by looking at the effect this war has had on each of us, and how we can finally become healed.

There are many certainties about war, and one of the most tragic is that combatants and bystanders alike get wounded, sometimes grievously so. In the case of the war for the Kingdom, you have already been wounded whether you realize it or not.

Often, the severity of your wound is proportional to your determination to serve God and accomplish His will on this earth. If you are a fervent follower of Christ, you can be absolutely certain that the Devil and his forces have taken note of your involvement in this war. Perhaps long before you were actively involved in the conflict, the forces of evil understood how powerful and dangerous you would be and dealt you a serious wound in hopes of taking you out of the fight. If you are serving Christ and resisting the Devil, then their wound has not had the desired result, but that does not mean it has not affected you. To at least some extent, that wound has affected the course of your life and has caused suffering and heartache for a very long time.

What kind of wounds am I talking about? There is almost no limit to the various ways the wound manifests itself in your life. The symptoms can appear as anger, violence, low self-esteem, depression, addiction, promiscuity or difficulty in maintaining relationships. For many of us, the wound is experienced as a lack of peace and joy that we know should be there, but are inexplicably absent from our lives. However, these are just the symptoms of the wound - they are not the wound itself. The wound takes the form of lies that you have believed and accepted as truth. The lie was told to you by the Father of Lies at a time when you were young and vulnerable. It was whispered in your ear as your first love walked out of your life or your parents divorced and went their separate ways. He might have said, "This is your fault", "You're not good enough", or perhaps, "You're not lovable."

Since the time you first believed the lie, things have never been the same in your life. For as long as you carry this wound, you are not able to be the warrior for Christ that He intended you to be. You might be fierce, faithful and powerful in this war, but your wound is keeping you from being complete. It has robbed you of untold peace and joy and you deserve to be healed. The time is now.

All healing ultimately comes from God, and He is where you need to begin your journey of healing. As we read the countless stories of Jesus healing those with disease and afflictions, we cannot ignore the truth that our health and well-being, physical and mental, matter to Him.

Take some time alone in prayer, and begin by asking God to reveal the depth and scope of your wound. Its true nature may be obvious to some of you, while others may need the Holy Spirit to take you deep inside to reveal where you've been injured.

If you are going to ask Jesus to heal the damage that's been done, you need to be prepared to go down into the depths with Him. Your journey of healing will ultimately take you back to the time when the lies were first told and your world was torn apart. Ask Jesus to take you back to that painful time and repeal all the lies that were told. Ask Him to show you that it was not your fault, that you are loved and that you matter to Him. Open your heart to the truth with which God wants to fill you. Visit those painful places with Jesus at your side and let Him comfort you. Let Him show you the truth about what was really going on. Let Him heal you.

For some, those places will be just too difficult and frightening to revisit alone even in the knowledge that Jesus is there with you. There is no shame whatsoever in having a trusted advisor, such as a pastor, counselor or therapist assist you in this process. The healing itself will come from Jesus, but sometimes it can be absolutely necessary to have someone by your side before you begin the journey. For anyone whose past is scarred by severe abuse, it may be imperative to take this journey with someone trained, experienced and trusted.

The important thing is to get the help you need, and to get it right away. The wound that was given to you is not your fault. The suffering that you've endured as a result is not your fault either, and you've already endured it for too long. Jesus Christ longs to heal you and bring you to a place of joy and peace. Allow Him to give you the healing you need and deserve.



Author's note: This has been the most challenging devotional I've ever written. More than once, I came close to tears as I pondered my own wound and the effect it's had on my life and my loved ones. My own journey of healing is now underway, and I would never have understood what I needed to do without the wisdom and insight found in John Eldredge's book, "Wild At Heart". Thank you from the bottom of my heart, John. You have helped to free a multitude of ransomed hearts.


 

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Incredible article, it followed up nicely to the sermon I heard in our church this past Sunday. Sometimes people wonder why we don't see more works of miracles among us, I feel this verse addresses that completely. Let us fast and pray and seek God with all our heart and He will hear our prayer and heal our Land.

4/7/2008 5:29:34 PM - anonymous


This is the missing piece of my puzzle! I've been aware that God was offering healing to me for quite awhile. It has come slowly, but I often lose sight of this offer when I get carried away with the cares of life - especially caring for other people. I should have known, but never did know, that this suffering started as the deception of Satan. I am so glad to know this and am committed to not letting evil block the healing available through Jesus. Certainly, I can be of more use to others if I allow Jesus to do His work in me. I am so glad I can protect my children from believing the lies that destroys lives. This devotional has driven me back to praising Jesus!
4/7/2008 5:35:01 PM - anonymous


Just a few hours back i and my friend were speaking and decided to pray for my Husbands inner healing from the scarrs on his heart..i was fighting this battle for last 40 hours. And this devo came as a unbelievable reply from Jesus himself........i just called my friend and told her about how faithful and concerned God is about every detail of our lives. God is SOOOOOO good.

God bless you all (@ delve) so much! Thank you for making us a part of this devotionals.
4/8/2008 5:31:38 AM - anonymous


Whenever God wants to do a work in you He always leads you to something that will either confirm what the Holy Spirit has been prompting you to or lead you to something that will transform the way you think. I've been going through a rough time cause I sat often time and listen to the lies of the devil about the hurt I have experience in my past and I didn't think that the bad experiences I went through affected me until I decided to step out and do some serious work for God. Negative things start to happen, then I start feeding into them and old pain start to surface. This is what the devil does he (the devil) tries to get you to focus on your hurts which then takes the focus off of God then he move in for the kill. But I THANK GOD! for Delve In Jesus this site is one of God's Tower it has really bless my heart this morning. BE BLESS
4/8/2008 9:18:27 AM - anonymous


I am thankful to God for this devotion. Today, I hurt my husband emotionally because I was hurt and wanted someone else to feel my pain. God has shown me that I am still holding on to the pain of verbal/physical abuse and rejection. I need to heal from it so that I can stop hurting those who care about me. When I felt the pain in my husband's voice today, I knew I needed to get help or else I would lose a good marriage. This devotion is a confirmation from God that I need to confront my past, with Jesus by my side to help me. God bless you.
4/10/2008 10:41:44 PM - anonymous


so well put. things like my wound i've known about forever, but never stated to myself. my Church family has been able to do more for my healing through Jesus than any other thing i've tried. God's plan for us is astoundingly perfect as I look back over it!
4/12/2008 7:23:22 AM - anonymous


Thank you for this devotional..It is very difficult to deal with the pain especially when the person who hurt you is the person whom you trusted most & whom you know is also a follower of Jesus..as i travelled with my pain inside of me, one thing that i realized is that it is very true that only JESUS could heal us..I'd been into self help books..magazines..talking to friends for advices etc..yes all of them helps but most of all what makes my heart truly heal is the word of GOD...His promises to us...One night as I cried because of the pain of betrayal,the holy spirit told me to pick up the bible..there God said in His word "Is anything to Hard for me? I was so ashamed because i let the pain roam around in my heart for a long time & even bring me to bitterness of the person who hurt me..I forgot that GOD can do something..yes from that day on i start to read more about the word of GOD there i started to undersatnd.. healing starts..I started to realized that the person who hurt me is just being used by the enemy to make our marriage in trouble...I fight,with the word of God as my armour..now i am happy that peace start to come into my heart though its not an easy process especially that the enemy is still there but i know that the healing is already there because of JESUS.

4/16/2008 5:17:44 AM - anonymous


This is an awesome devotional and so right on time. The Lord has been dealing with me on healing for such a long time. I had once prayed that I would not walk in or operate in a wounded state - especially since He has called me to minister to other women about healing, restoration, peace and freedom in Christ. I appreciate deeply this devotional and it will help me to tremendously.

Praise the Name of Jesus!
4/18/2008 10:21:17 AM - anonymous


I have been crying out for years for help from the Lord. I believe today is the beginning of a New Journey of Healing in my life. I still need God to reveal the source but I believe He will. I have been in the pit to long and there is a way out. Thanks M from USA
4/18/2008 12:38:32 PM - anonymous


iIhardly hard to know where to start i have been abused rejected and lied to! As i got to thinking about what they did to Jesus I thought this was the Crtsian Life! Boy am i ever confused . Thanks for the help!
4/27/2008 5:21:47 AM - anonymous


I just redeicated myself back to christ and its seem my struggles are even worse but worry me the most is that the emeny is my own step-father and the words are so harsh and there cutting me very deeply i never new how much hatered come come from one persson who help raise you and mold you into the person you are today . some please give my some kind advice for me when facing mein this battle. jacquelyn
4/30/2008 3:32:00 PM - anonymous


I badly need God's healing right now for I felt so weak and sick because I thought I am a total failure. Thank God for this devotional. I crave for His healing and restoration. God bless!
5/2/2008 11:22:48 PM - anonymous


I never thought of my past wounds till this devotional. I am in the midst of a spiritual war w/satan now and need help to get out of it. If I don't get out I am afraid that I will ruin my marraige and prohibit God from fininshing a miracle for me that I know (or think) He has already started. I need help in this area. Satan you do not belong in christians lives and we bind you from putting any pain or lies in the heads of christians.
We love you Lord and we want YOU to clean the wounds and dress them so that they can heal and we can be whole. YOU are the true physician and through YOU we can be healed.
5/21/2008 1:14:03 PM - needamiracle, Member of Delve into Jesus since 5/2/2008


> BY HIS (GOD'S) GRACE AND MERCY WE ARE BROUGHT HERE TO THIS CROSS THAT HE (JESUS) BORE FOR US. "A MAN OF SORROWS AND AQUAINTED WITH GRIEF...SURELY HE HAS BORNE OUR GRIEFS AND CARRIED OUR SORROWS..." (ISAIAH 53:3-4). AS WE ENTER THIS TIME OF REFLECTION AND PRAYER, WE MUST NOT DWELL ON OUR SINS BUT CONFESS THEM; "FOR HE IS FAITHFUL AND JUST TO FORGIVE US OUR SINS AND TO CLEANSE US FROM ALL UNRIGHTEOUSNESS" (1 JOHN 1:9). I THANK GOD FOR THIS DEVOTIONAL AND THE REMINDER THAT "...BY HIS STRIPES WE ARE HEALED" (ISAIAH 53:5). THIS SOUNDS SO SIMPLE AND YET IN OUR COMPLICATED LIVES ALL HE REQUIRES IS "FAITH". SO DO I HAVE FAITH IN MY FEELINGS OR IN THE WAY I THINK ABOUT MYSELF OR THE LIES THAT WERE ECHOED TO ME THROUGH THE FALL? NO. I MUST OUT OF NECESSITY AND OBEDIENCE TO THE "GREAT PHYSICAIN'S" ORDERS, SIMPLY, "BELIEVE". LORD, JESUS, I TRUST IN YOUR FINISHED WORK ON THE CROSS AND THAT YOU DID NOT DIE IN VAIN BUT YOU ACCOMPLISHED WHAT NO OTHER COULD HAVE EVER DONE ON OUR BEHALF. THANK YOU ALSO FOR TEACHING ME THAT IT WAS FOR THE "JOY" SET BEFORE YOU (THE JOY OF ETERNITY WITH YOUR CHILDREN WHOM YOU HAVE REDEEMED), ENDURED THE CROSS, "DESPISING THE SHAME", AND THAT YOU HAVE SAT DOWN AT THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD. KNOWING THAT I TOO CAN DESPISE THE SHAME OF MY OWN SINS, GRIEFS AND SORROWS. AND LEAVING THEM AT THE CROSS I HAVE JOY, PEACE AND FELLOWSHIP WITH YOU FOR ALL ETERNITY. THANK YOU JESUS. WHITH LOVE IN THE SPIRIT OF OUR HEAVENLY FATHERS GRACE. AMEN.
5/28/2008 2:29:20 PM - anonymous


I never thought about being wounded so that one would be either out of the race or even slowed down. I guess one can be wounded in their prayer life also? Like if all you did was pray to God 3-4 and sometimes 5 times a day, then one day out of no where you find prayer a stuggle to perform, outside of prayer for people but only the prayer between you and God has been hit. But while you pray with your children you see this as an opportunity to ask God what happened, why have I ceased in my anxiousness to seek Your face Lord. Could I be wounded? I feel like something so valuable has been stollen from me and I can not get it back although I know who has it. I dont know if it was God weaning me from His breast or what. I am perplexed. I am hurt and confussed. Am I wounded?


Israel
6/11/2008 12:35:09 AM - anonymous


I had to pass through this process a few years ago. CoDA (Co-dependents Anonimous), a group therapy leaded by the AA Twelve-Step Program helped me a lot. I had been in church since I was a child, I had received Jesus as my Lord since I was an adolescent. However, it was not until I visited a CoDA group and worked the Twelve Steps -when I was 44- that I really understood the healing process God provides for us. We can always count on Jesus to lead us to our very deep self and heal our memories.
7/21/2008 7:20:38 PM - anonymous


Wow! This is so what I need. Thank you God for this site that is so unbelievable with information that is feeding my soul and healing me. This is awesome news to me and I know I have been doing this to some extent... but without a counselor...as I can find no one to counsel me. Being molested as a child and told to LIE about it and pretend it did not happened confused my whole life on relationships and Truth. I am still struggling with how to put all of this into proper perspective. Many I told the truth to ... turned forever against me in the most unkind ways. This tells my story and fills my need so much today. God bless you for this story.
7/31/2008 9:22:41 AM - Godislove, Member of Delve into Jesus since 7/31/2008


I have been sooooo blessed by this devotional. I was serfing the internet in search of a topical information site. I had been experiencing depression and couldn't find anything that really hit my spirit on this topic. Until I put in spiritual warfare and came across this site. It has truly blessed me and caused me to understand the reason for what I was experiencing in the area of depression. I am an ordained Pastor and consecrated Prophetess, but could not find anyone who coud minister to my hurt. Truly you have done this in a way that I realize it could not have been anyone but the Holy Sprit, who will lead and guide us into all truth, teaching and showing us the ways of God. My healing process can now begin for me. My infirmity in the body now has light upon it and i know what to do. Thank You Thank You and Thank You again for helping me. We never know where our help will come from, but i know it has come from the LORD through your ministry. thank you and may GOD BLESS YOU REALY GOOD!
2/3/2009 10:10:13 PM - anonymous


Since the time you first believed the lie, things have never been the same in your life. For as long as you carry this wound, you are not able to be the warrior for Christ that He intended you to be. Very relevant lines from your devotional!

Thank you for this devotional. I truly believe that one who loves God cannot be a "complete" Christian if those wounds surface each time a hurtful act or event emerge. These lines from your devotional really made an impact on me. Maybe some do not realize it, but hurts can occur even in church. I personally get challenged by a couple of "church bullies" at times. One person in particular just seems to "rub me the wrong way". Years ago some hurtful and horrible things were uttered by this person and I have the possibility of being on a committee to serve the church. I almost declined the nomination because of this person. I am carrying around the wounds from those words, but it is probably more than that. The enemy will turn things around to make it seem that the fault is yours! We need to remember that when we carry this baggage, we can sometimes not follow through on serving Him the way that we should. We let our feelings and other things get in the way. We also may deprive ourselves of opportunities to stand up for God and serve our church and/or community. Thank you so much for this devotional! Anonymous
4/22/2009 4:30:10 PM - anonymous


thank you for this devotional, it helped me to see what's been keeping me from becoming complete in God's eyes. i have realized some wounds that kept me from fully living out His purpose for me. and i will pray and seek the Holy Spirit to set me free. thank you so much.

4/22/2009 7:33:12 PM - anonymous



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