BIBLICAL HEALING PROCESS
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Our Creator placed within our soul a need for His Word. In the beginning man and woman walked and talked with God. This fellowship was the most natural and powerful interchange in all of creation. Sin and the fall of mankind caused a separation between God and the people He created to fellowship with Him. God’s plan of redemption, through the shed blood of His Son, Jesus Christ, restores that union. God sent His Word, by His Spirit to mankind, and we can have this fellowship again through His written Word, prayer, and worship.
We are a three part being, created in the image of a triune God. We have a spirit, soul and body. Our emotions are a part of our soul. Our soul is made up of our mind, will and emotions. We are in the image of God who is a Spirit, has a soul (mind, will and emotions), and has a body by way of the incarnation of Jesus Christ. God has emotions! We often overlook that fact and only comprehend that He has a mind and will. No emotion is wrong. However, the way we display and deal with an emotion can be very destructive. This is common when a soul is suffering under the guilt and shame of abortion.
Hurting people hurt people!
There is no genuine healing for the emotions of mankind apart from the Word of God. We have nothing to offer of lasting importance without God’s Word. Beauty for Ashes is unashamedly a Christ-centered Bible study, and should never be represented as anything else.
The healing of a wounded soul (mind, will, and emotions) is only achieved through the blood of Jesus Christ and by applying the living Word of God to every issue that surface as the Holy Spirit reveals what needs healing. God’s Word is the power in the process of emotional healing.
“For the Word God speaks is alive and full of power [making it active, operative, energizing and effective]; it is sharper than any two edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and [the immortal] spirit, and of joints and marrow [of the deepest parts of our nature]. Exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.”
Hebrews 4:12 AMP
Emotional release can be mistaken for a genuine emotional healing because relief is felt. Forgiveness from God was fully accomplished by Christ on the Cross. It is immediately applicable the moment a believer in Jesus Christ earnestly repents and asks for forgiveness.
Healing is a process. This is what is often misunderstood about post-abortion restoration. The fact that abortion is forgiven by God doesn’t leave the individual without the need to heal and deal with many issues that have resulted from the act of abortion.
The purpose for the 10-week home Bible study, group teaching, and small group interaction is for the group members to go beyond an immediate, “Quick Fix”. Restoration begins by facing the abortion(s).
The small group interaction, sharing thoughts and the Word of God is vital to healing the soul. Each group member learns from the other as they discuss thoughts, feelings ~ past and present – and what God is speaking to each one through His Word.
“Confess to one another therefore your faults (your slips, your false steps, your offenses, your sins) and pray [also] for one another, that you may be healed and restored [to a spiritual tone of mind and heart]. The earnest heartfelt, continuous) prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available [dynamic in its working.”
James 5:16 AV
The loving nature and character of God
God is holy and just, yet compassionate. A lot of time is spent studying the character of God in the BFA Bible study.
“The Lord is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and rich in love. The Lord is good to all; He has compassion on all He has made”.
Understand and accept the responsibility for the ungodly act of abortion.
Abortion is an ungodly act of the free will of one person causing harm to another person. Many who have chosen abortion have been victims of another person’s will to commit an ungodly act against them such as, sexual abuse and rape, among other wounds. Taking the past wounds into consideration for healing is appropriate but in no way excuses a person’s responsibility for choices made from their free will.
Own the sin of abortion and recognize that forgiveness is needed.
“Against You, You only, have I sinned and done that which is evil in Your sight, so that You are justified in Your sentence and faultless in Your judgment.”
Psalm 51:4 AMP
“Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean [ceremonially] wash me, and I shall [in reality] be whiter than snow.”
Psalm 51:7 AMP
We must stop playing the “Blame Game” and own our sins.
“If we freely admit that we have sinned and confess our sins, He is faithful and just (true to His own nature and promises) and will forgive our sins [dismiss our lawlessness] and [continuously] cleanse us from all unrighteousness [everything not in conformity to His will and purpose, thought and action.”
1 John 1:9 AMP
Understand and accept the forgiveness of God, realizing that there is nothing we can add to the finished work of the cross!
When Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” and He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
John 19:30 AMP
“In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that He lavished on us.”
“For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him (Christ) and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things.”
This last scripture tells us that God accepted His Son’s blood as full payment for all our sins.
Relinquish all ungodly thoughts and emotions
Many thoughts have been imbedded in our minds that do not line up with the Word of God. Ungodly thoughts become attitudes that will affect our emotions. The living Word of God must renew our minds.
One example of believing something that is not in the Bible is the concept of the need to forgive our self. We will deal with how the Bible deals with forgiveness in the last chapters of this manual. We find in the Word of God that there is nothing we can add to the finished work of the cross of Christ!
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”
Romans 8:1-2 NKJV
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”
“…those who live in accordance with the scripture have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.”
“Now the mind of the flesh [which is sense and reason without the Holy Spirit] is death [death that comprises all the miseries arising from sin, both here and hereafter]. But the mind of the [Holy] Spirit is life and [soul] peace [both now and forever].”
“And God’s peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot whatever sort that is, that peace], which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts.”
Philippians 4:7 AMP
“[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasoning and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the (true) knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ ( the Messiah, the Anointed One).”
2 Corinthians 10:5 (Isaiah 55:1)
Accept and walk in newness of life
When we are born again, we are a new creation, adopted into the family of God, joint heirs with Jesus Christ and we have eternal life.
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When the Body of Christ fully accepts their position in God’s family and in His kingdom, there will be a power upon the earth that nothing in hell can stand against.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!
2 Corinthians 5:17
For the Word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to Whom we must give account.
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.
For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weakness, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.
Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy in time of need.
Hebrews 4:12-16 NKJV