Let Freedom Ring
As I was meditating on Luke 4:18,19 the message I kept hearing was emancipation from all bondage. "For the Spirit of the Lord is upon me, for He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, to heal the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to them that are bound and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord." I truly believe that this is the year of our deliverance - that now is the appointed time for the family of God to walk in the liberty that the anointing of Jesus, has redeemed us to. When we received the gospel of the good news, we were spiritually impoverished and slaves to hell on earth. Without Jesus we were poor in heart, poor in spirit, poor in every area of our lives. The gospel brought us into a covenant of blessings. We are no longer poor, but are adopted by the wealthiest, most successful and most prosperous Father the world has ever known! We went from poverty to great wealth. Jesus came to give us life, and life more abundantly!
The second freedom that Jesus brought us into, by the anointing that was in Him and on Him, was healing for our broken hearts. Now, few of us recognize or know of our need to be healed of a broken heart. We've grown up hearing the childish rhyme, "sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me." This of course is a major fallacy. I'd rather be beat up and have all my bones broken - for they will heal over time. But there is absolutely nothing that can heal my broken heart short of the healing power of God. Time doesn't heal a broken heart - all time does is give us opportunity to build the walls higher and wider. Love doesn't heal a broken heart. Love puts a wide Band-Aid on the hurts of the broken heart and it may even hide the broken place, but the pain is ever present. The fear of being wounded again is always there. The only way a broken heart can be mended is by coming into contact with the anointing power of God. Rarely do churches and preachers minister to the broken hearted. We're commonly told to snap out of it, to get rid of self-pity and to toughen up. Without the truth that Jesus came to heal the broken hearted, again, the wounds are wrapped up in bandages, but the healing doesn't come and the pain doesn't go away.
Just as we accepted the gospel of the good news when we were poor, by grace, through faith, so too we must embrace the healing that is available for our broken hearts. We must believe that Jesus died to set us free from the pain, and then accept His gift, by grace (not of works), through faith. The gift has always been there - the work was accomplished thousands of years ago, but it is up to us to believe it and reach out to receive it.
If you are diagnosed with cancer and you know the Word of God says that you are redeemed by Jesus and His blood, from every curse of sickness and disease, then you will take the measures outlined in the Word to obtain your healing. You will go to fellow Christians who operate in faith in God's word, who will anoint you with oil, lay hands on you and release the anointing that's in them through the prayer of faith. Healing for a broken heart comes the same way. It's the Holy Spirit that does the work as we are obedient to step out in action and faith. If we believe that we, as part of the family of God, (the same family that Jesus belongs to) have received the anointing according to 1 John 2:27 "The anointing which you have received of Him, abides in you.", then we are ready to receive healing of broken hearts by that same anointing. Next to Jesus saving me from my sins, the day He healed my broken heart and took all the pain away, was the best blessing Jesus ever gave to me.
I had never really stopped to consider where the pain was coming from. I had lived with it for so long, I had no memory of before the pain started. My heart was broken when I was just a little girl of about four years of age. I had done something that made my mom really mad at me. In her effort to change me, she pushed me out into the dark night and ordered me to go away and never come back. She told me that I was not her little girl, and that I was to go and find her nice daughter and send her home, but that I wasn't ever to show up again. She obviously did not do this maliciously, nor with any idea of the impact her words and actions were having on this confused little girl. She was upset and wanted to scare me into behaving differently. It damaged my heart severely - with nightmares over that experience haunting me well into adulthood. Because she was my mom, I trusted her and I believed her. Even though I was totally confused and had no idea who I was and where I belonged, I still felt incredibly responsible to find this other little girl. I remember how lost I felt - how unloved I felt - how insecure I felt. I was overwhelmed with the burden of doing as she had said, yet had no idea of how this was to be accomplished, as she went back into the house and shut the door. I stood in the dark and began to walk, crying hard, scared to death, not knowing which direction to start my search for this other lucky little girl. I don't remember anything after that. I've forgiven her and we've talked about it on several occasions, but she has little memory of it, for it didn't make an impact on her. There is no longer any pain from the memory. But that single experience did have a major impact on me growing up and helped to shape the personality of who I am today. I grew up never trusting my Mom, always expecting her to shove me away again, and hurt me more. I was extremely afraid of the dark and of being alone. I was always searching, trying to find the "real" Carole, never feeling good enough, never feeling wanted by anyone. I desperately wanted to find someone who would love me unconditionally, and looked in all the wrong places. So much of what I did while growing up, was reactionary to cover up the pain. I tried so hard to get attention and approval, that I pushed people further away. I wanted to be cherished and created a fantasy world where I was good and everyone loved me. This made living in the real world very difficult. After awhile I concluded that all people were mean and all they did was cause me disappointments and heartache. I didn't want anything to do with them. It did not take much to set my anger off.
I know without a doubt that the Lord has taken this 5-10 minute experience that changed my early life, and turned it around for His and my good, and everything negative that resulted from it, He is using for His glory! I praise Him for not only taking away my pain, but also for giving me a life!
I wanted to share this personal story with you as an example of how a heart can be broken. (Because I denied having a broken heart for years after someone told me, by the Spirit of God, that I did).
We tend to relate broken hearts to a failed experience of love, as a teenager or an adult. What happened to me though is no doubt completely different than the experience's that broke your heart. It doesn't matter how you got hurt, the pain is the same for all.
Because a broken heart cannot be healed, except by applying the healing power of Jesus Name, it is extremely susceptible to deeper and deeper injuries. Never healing, never getting better. Wrapping more and more gauze around the gangrene of hurt and hate, but never accomplishing anything but covering up. One disappointment or hurting word is like a knife that cuts the wound over and over again, not only at the time of the incident, but as our memories replay the event over and over in our minds.
Our hearts respond totally to our past experiences. How we think, feel and how we respond all has to do with the experiences of our past. The heart is broken when an incident happens to us that is beyond our ability to handle - a loss, a disappointment, abuse, rejection, curses, etc. The intense pain causes us to seek escape in any way possible. For some this means retreating into an emotional shell for protection. For others it means escaping through substances, albeit, a temporary solution. For still others it means not trusting anyone, being constantly angry and hateful with no one deserving of your confidence. There are many, many ways of dealing with the pain of a broken heart - as diversified as there are human personalities! No matter to what degree we go, in trying to escape the pain in our hearts, the wound is ripped open again and again.
Do you realize that you actually have two hearts in your body? One is the organ, that sustains our lives, pumping blood throughout our entire body. But the other heart is harder to position - it is our thoughts, our feelings and our emotions, which stem from our human mind. This is the heart that is broken, this is the heart that the scriptures are referring to. Our hearts are strangely named, because we tend to view the way we feel as coming from the physical area of the body, where our human heart beats away.
Jesus knew all about broken hearted people. He never once told someone to 'snap out of it', 'get a grip' or criticized them for the ways they were trying to handle the pain. The woman at the well is a good example. The only reason a person would have multiple marriages like she had is because she had a broken heart and was trying desperately to find someone who would love her and take her pain away. Jesus did not criticize or condemn her. He let her know He knew about her deepest hurts - the shame, etc. that she was living with. He then ministered to her, healing her.
Isaiah 61, in the words of knowledge foretelling the future ministry of Jesus Christ, explains why He was coming and what He would do once He was here. These are the Words that He quoted in Luke 4, as I mentioned above. "The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, … to comfort all who mourn, … to give them beauty of ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness: that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified." As I stated at the beginning, all of these promises point to freedom from bondage. Jesus isn't mad at you or anyone else that has been wounded and is trying to escape from the pain of memories! What holds people in bondage more than anything else? Is it physical affliction or is it matters of the heart? Even our physical pain often stems from the emotional realm.
To those who are in sorrow, depression, anger and pain, I know that you are now recognizing yourself in what I've been teaching. Have you ever wondered how the Lord could bless you with so much goodness, only to find a few hours later, that it was totally gone from you. Happiness seems fleeting; Joy comes but never lasts long; Peace for short periods of time. You see, a broken heart cannot sustain the blessings of God for any length of time. The blessings slip through the cracks - our minds start taking direction based on our past, and we have a difficult time believing that anyone could really love us, let alone die for us! God pours out all the blessings upon us but we just can't seem to hang on to them. Because our true heart is in our mind, it is constantly filtering everything that is said or done, through the screen of the past, our memories.
Researchers have found that even a far off and faint sound can trigger an unexplained emotional response within a person who is not consciously aware of the sound. When that sound was a part of that persons memory and something good or bad is associated with that sound, the memory responds with the same stimulus that it responded to during the original experience with that sound. For example, the low bellow of a fog horn, unconsciously heard by a woman walking down the sidewalk, might cause her to immediately become very angry for reasons that she doesn't understand. But years before, she and her boyfriend were walking on the beach and had an angry exchange of words, as a fog horn sounded in the distance. The same emotions she was experiencing during the argument, have now surfaced. Our memories are our worst enemies. No wonder that Paul, writing under the unction of the Holy Spirit admonishes us to "forget the past". This is a choice we must each make. Sometimes it can be scary to let go of the security of the past, no matter how much it hurts. The pain is often times our only consistent companion. I want to assure you though, that when your heart is healed, you will be flooded with such love and lasting peace, that you will embrace life and spend the days of your life praising God for setting you free! By faith, apply the healing power of God to set us free from the bondage of our memories. Philippians 4:6-7 teaches us to "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your HEARTS and MINDS through Christ Jesus." This is the lasting peace - the freedom from pain that will allow us to experience the blessings of God on a lasting basis. When our hearts are healed, the very presence of God can be sustained, day in and day out, without seeping away through the cracks.
Webster's dictionary describes care (worry, anxiety) as "suffering of MIND"; "a troubled state of MIND". Interestingly enough, the word heartache means "anguish of MIND". These biblical terms, labeled as SIN (don't get mad at me, I'm just quoting the scriptures!) all have to do with our heart and the pain we suffer in our thought life. There is just no way we can have pain in our hearts and still be thinking clearly. Jesus says that an unsettled mind is like a ship being tossed about by winds and waves. That is not a condition of stability! All those little brain cells are getting seasick as we live with heartache. We cannot have suffering of mind and the peace of God operating in us simultaneously. They are incompatible with each other. The scriptures say that "where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty, freedom from captivity and release from bondage." Captivity and bondage are the very same ugly things that Jesus declared He had set us free from, in Luke 4:18,19. It's the Spirit of the Lord - the anointing - that sets us free. Only by the anointing that's healed us, can we obey God's Word to "guard our hearts and minds with the peace of God".
I urge you to believe the Words that the Holy Spirit has brought to you, the light that illuminates your path, the truth that sets you free. You don't have to wait for me or any other minister to lay hands on you and release the healing power of God to heal your broken heart. You can reach out right now and receive, the same way many of you received your salvation, alone with the Lord. Believe that God loves you so much, and that He wants you free from this pain, even more than you want to be freed. He has already provided you with everything you need to walk out of captivity and into liberty! Believe, ask and receive. It's available to you. And once you are free, please be sure to share the good news of the healing power of Jesus Christ with others. Just as you were able to put on a pretty good show of being 'all together', your friends and loved ones are putting on a good show too. Reach out with the love of Christ and use that anointing that Jesus placed in you according to 1 John 2:27, and heal the broken hearted. Then be sure to write or call and let me hear your testimony of victory!!