Are you looking for healing and hope?
Have you been struggling with something for so long, you’re ready to give up on ever finding freedom?
I’ve found myself in that place more than I’d like to admit. I’ve been tangled in the lies of sin and shame. And I’ve been caught up in the darkness, unable to find my way to hope.
Whether it’s a broken past, a broken relationship or a broken dream, there is a way to find hope and healing.
The biggest step you can take towards healing is to allow God into your pain.
This is no easy task.
In my darkest times, I’ve struggled most to invite God in. I felt betrayed because of my pain.
Why would God allow me to suffer so much? How could I give up control to the one who was supposed to protect me?
Today, I am going to walk you through some of the most important parts of learning to allow God into your pain, even when you don’t feel like it.
Learning to Trust - When You Don’t
Trusting God does not come naturally to us, especially when we are hurting.
When we struggle, we want to grab onto any sense of control. We want to fit our daily routines into a sense of normalcy and ease in order to try and maintain our sanity.
In the times that I have struggled most, I’ve wanted to take charge of every area of my life, leaving God as an afterthought, someone at arms-length.
But trusting God is essential to letting him into your pain and finding healing. Without surrender, you will not be able to discover true and lasting hope.
So how can you trust an invisible God when it seems that He let you down?
How can you cling to God’s love and protection when you don’t feel safe and secure?
I’ll start by saying that it isn't easy.
Sometimes God’s protection doesn’t look very safe and secure.
The only way to learn to trust God even when you don’t is to give up your search for understanding.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. -Proverbs 3:5
We all want to understand our pain. We want it to make sense and to lead to something good.
But God says that it will.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. -Romans 8:28
When you don’t feel like you can trust in the Lord, you have to choose trust.
You have to step above your feelings and decide that you are going to count on God’s infinite understanding even when you don’t understand.
He sees the bigger picture. He is weaving this moment of your life into His perfect masterpiece. And that masterpiece is for your good.
Choose to trust this truth, even when you don’t feel it. When you do this, you open the door to healing and hope.
Standing Against Satan’s Lies
Satan wants you to stay stuck in distrust and hopelessness. He is working to pull you away from the peace of God.
As hard as it is to step up and choose to trust God, Satan is working behind the scenes to make it harder.
That is why you have to take a stand. You have to acknowledge Satan’s lies in your life.
Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. -James 4:7
When you submit your heart and your desires to God, you can resist Satan’s lies. And we have the promise that when we do this, Satan has to flee.
Don’t let your heart believe the lie that Satan is too powerful. God has already won the victory.
It is time to take a stand against Satan and find hope and healing.
Stepping Forward - Baby Steps
When you feel hopeless and need healing, it is so important to keep stepping forward.
A great friend once told me that we have to take life “one mountain at a time”.
God is leading us through a mountain range, but if we saw all that we had to do, we would quickly give up hope.
We have to trust God’s guidance and find the courage to take each step.
God knows how much we can handle and He will only reveal the baby steps to us. But as we take each small step towards healing, He will reveal the next and then the next. And soon we will find ourselves standing on the mountaintop.
What baby step is God placing before you today? How can you find the strength to start with that first step?
As you work to allow God into your pain, you will find that you are already moving towards healing and hope.
Working through these three points will help you to take the biggest step towards healing and hope.