Jesus the healer of emotions and spirit
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am in distress; my eye is wasted from grief; my soul and my body also. For my life is spent with sorrow, and my years with sighing; my strength fails because of my iniquity, and my bones waste away. (Psalm 31:9-10)
The above Psalm verses paint a picture of a person who is not just affected in body but also in soul. We are well aware that Jesus healed people of their physical infirmities. What about the soul and spirit being healed by Jesus? This is what the Holy Scriptures speak about Jesus being able to heal your emotions and spirit. Lets read the following:
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18)
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3)
For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, and also with him who is of a contrite and lowly spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly, and to revive the heart of the contrite. (Isaiah 57:15)
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound (Isaiah 61:1)
If you are feeling hopeless, anxious, depressed, fearful, humiliated, insignificant, despondent or just about anything else negative then I want to remind you that the Lord God who made the human soul and spirit is completely capable of healing them. So what is needed from you to receive healing for your emotions and spirit is to believe that Jesus Christ wants to heal you.
You may wonder what is the basis for you to receive your healing. Its simple, its your faith in Jesus Christ and that you deserve your healing. People end up being a block to themselves because they continually consider themselves unworthy. This is mainly because of being conscious of their shortcomings before the law.
Maybe thoughts of your sin haunt you and are a hindrance to you. Come to Jesus and surrender your sin issues to the Lord. Remember when Jesus shed his blood by dying on the cross he took upon himself all of your sins. Guilt comes due to sin. As your sin is dealt with by the Lord’s finished work on the cross then the power of guilt is taken away. I want to just say this to you, ‘there is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)’ so don’t take a guilt trip (click here for a message on this).
Your healing comes by the atonement accomplished by Jesus on the cross for you. Here will of God was fulfilled to break all the barriers to your salvation. Salvation not just in terms of resurrection of the body but also of mind and spirit.
Medicines and psychology are used to help people recover emotionally. Some recover taking a while. Others need frequent therapy and get addicted to antidepressants. Some give up on valid medications and wrongly resort to alcohol.
We must remember that with God all things are possible, even those which are impossible to man. Here’s how to receive healing of your emotions and spirit:
Desire to be set free
Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)
He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them. (Psalm 145:19)
Pay attention to the Holy Scriptures
My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body. (Proverbs 4:20-22)
And we have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts, knowing this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture comes from someone’s own interpretation. For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit. (2 Peter 1:19-21)
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)
Have faith for your healing
And Jesus said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease. (Mark 5:34)
And Jesus did not do many mighty works there, because of their unbelief. (Matthew 13:58)
And his name—by faith in his name—has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all. (Acts 3:16)
Faith then comes by hearing; and hearing by the word of Christ. (Romans 10:17)
Seek the loving face of Christ
My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for he will pluck my feet out of the net. (Psalm 25:15)
You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, Lord, do I seek.” (Psalm 27:8)
Give the Lord your pains and worries
Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. (Psalm 55:22)
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:7)
Wait upon the Lord
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! (Psalm 27:14)
Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. (Psalm 33:20)
But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:31)
Avoid unhelpful and worldly thoughts
Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life. (Proverbs 4:23)
The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. (Matthew 13:22)
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)
As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. 1 Peter 1:14
Forgive yourself and those who hurt you
While they were stoning him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Then he fell on his knees and cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.” When he had said this, he fell asleep. (Acts 7:59-60)
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. Ephesians 4:31-32
Pray that you get healed
Worship the LORD your God, and his blessing will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness from among you (Exodus 23:25)
O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me. (Psalm 30:2)
I pour out my complaint before him; I tell my trouble before him. (Psalm 142:2)
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. (Matthew 7:7)
You can also pray for/with others for healing
Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (James 5:14-16)
Give thanks to the Lord for your healing
Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! (1 Chronicles 16:34)
Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! (Psalm 100:4)
Confide in the Holy Spirit always!
But the Comforter, [which is] the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (John 14:26)
Likewise the Spirit also helps our weakness: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought but the Spirit himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. (Romans 8:26)
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing; that you may abound in hope, and in the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
Now the Lord is a Spirit. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17)
You may pray spontaneously or try this Suggested Prayer: O God I come to you in the name of your Son Jesus with the desire to be set free from all my emotional and spiritual wounds, especially N (N-name your specific problem) which has made me feel very low. I have the highest regard for your Holy Word and choose to abide by it. I believe that you are fully capable of healing me and that you want to set me free. I seek your face O Lord Jesus, which brings sure and everlasting hope. I surrender to you every though of my mind and spirit that is hurting me because you care for me. I wait upon you to strengthen me deep within. With faith in your Holy word, I reject all the falsehood and negativity of the world. As you forgave others even as you were dying on the Cross, so do I follow in your example and forgive myself and all others whoever hurt me in whatsoever way, whether they were aware of it or not. So heal me O Lord as I your child come to your throne of grace in the time of need. I also remember and pray for N (N-name them if they come to your mind) that he/she may become emotionally and spiritually restored. I give thanks to the Lord God for your healing grace. My earnest wish now that the Holy Spirit reminds of everything of Jesus, including the liberty that comes from Christ. Dear Holy Spirit intercede for me and for my healing. Amen and amen.
My thoughts on writing this post: Normally I don’t convey my thoughts on why I write a post but I felt the need to do so this time. I realize that within the church there are many people who carry wounds which are invisible. These are emotional and spiritual wounds. They don’t know what to do about it. Some of them have carried these hurts right from childhood into adulthood. Out of fear of being called weak they don’t know whom in the church to turn to pray for their healing. Maybe they tried attending church, spending time in prayer and fasting etc to get healed but still don’t feel any healing due to not being fully aware of the will of God. I personally believe that if you understand the principles of receiving healing of your mind, body and spirit through Jesus Christ, there is nothing to stop you from being healed. May the Holy Spirit who bring comfort, intercede for you that you experience the fullness of joy, hope and peace in Jesus. Amen.
Commending your spirit to the Lord Jesus
Into your hand I commit my spirit; you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God. (Psalm 31:5)
Please do take the time to read the whole of Psalm 31 or simply hear from the video link just above.
As a person who believes in the Lord Jesus one must cultivate the habit of commending ones spirit to HIM.
If you look up the dictionary there are different meanings to the word ‘commend’. The meaning which is used in regards to Psalm 31 is “To commit to the care of another; entrust”
Jesus in his earthly ministry preached the Gospel and when he came to his death on the cross he had a few words to say. In his last words from the cross he prayed unto the God saying “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last. (Luke 23:46)
The first Christian matryr, Saint Stephen was condemned by the Jews to die because he believed in Jesus (refer Acts 6:8-7:2,51-60). When he was just about to die he prayed saying, “Lord Jesus, accept my life!” and after this he died only to be received in heaven by Christ himself.
When you ask Jesus to accept your life you are commending your spirit to Jesus. It’s a common expression nowadays for people to say that they accept Jesus into their lives. However I find a much less number of people asking the Lord Jesus to accept their lives.
Mostly, asking Jesus to accept ones life is usually done at the verge of death or fear of dying. Though its perfectly fine to do so then, its equally valid to ask Jesus to accept your spirit at any time of your life.
Committing your spirit to Christ is an act of faith. It means you give your spirit to the care of Jesus himself, who is the creator of your spirit, in union with God the father and the Holy Spirit. This is not something to be taken casually but with genuine fervor and hope. By doing so you give glory to God.