When Jon preaches and he says “take notes” it’s a sure indication that the sermon will leave you so moved you’ll need a reminder later on. I can’t quite express how much I’m loving that our church is going through a series of wellbeing. To quote our pastor on Sunday “You can’t be spiritually healthy and not emotionally healthy”. For so much of my life- and generationally- areas of hurt and pain were “swept under the carpet”. When my anxiety and depression came out in full bloom, I knew that there was a process I needed to go through to find freedom. And it’s always a process that takes time and patience!
5 Reasons our souls are not well:
- Believing Lies
- Unfulfilled Desires (as we grow older we lose more dreams)
- Past Pain
- Attachment Wounds (the person/care giver/guardian who is supposed to love and protect you becomes the person who inflicts the most pain)
God wants authenticity. He can heal your past so that your present is different.
How to seek freedom:
- Holy Spirit you are welcome to everything that I am (no more hiding anymore- walk through “all the stuff”)
- Know your bible, obey your bible. 1 Peter 2:11
11 Dear friends, I urge you, as foreigners and exiles, to abstain from sinful desires, which wage war against your soul.
- Be Teachable. Proverbs 4:1-4
1Listen, my sons, to a father’s instruction;
pay attention and gain understanding.
2 I give you sound learning,
so do not forsake my teaching.
3 For I too was a son to my father,
still tender, and cherished by my mother.
4 Then he taught me, and he said to me,
“Take hold of my words with all your heart;
keep my commands, and you will live.
- Build Relationships. We are not meant to do this alone, we must be in community with healthy relationships.
- Risk Vulnerability. James 6:14-16
14 Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. 16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
If this has stirred something in you, begin with reaching out to an elder, the care team or a trusted friend. There is such power in vulnerability and freedom is just around the corner if you pursue it! If you haven’t already, catch the full series here. I’ll see you next Sunday!