Galatians 5:1 AMPC
IN [this] freedom Christ has made us free [and completely liberated us]; stand fast then, and do not be hampered and held ensnared and submit again to a yoke of slavery [which you have once put off].
If we would be honest, we must admit that we are all experts at hiding what we don’t want others to see. We have perfected an elaborate system to present an acceptable image to others. Contrary to popular belief, the life that a person lives in the world prior to their new birth in Christ Jesus does and will affect them. Our encounter with this fallen world leaves scars, not physical ones but scars on our soul and these scars still have feelings that are impacting us in a very negative way. Today we will begin to discover God’s ways of repairing damaged emotions, of recycling hang-ups into wholeness, and of transforming crippled Christians into healed helpers!
We will know them by the fruit, but we will understand and not judge when we expose the root!
Understanding the root
Read Hebrews 4:15 AMPC
Soul scars are what the bible calls infirmities.
Infirmities, in themselves, are not sins, but they do undermine our resistance to temptation.
Infirmities may predispose us to sin and strongholds, sometimes without any conscious choice on our part.
Infirmities leave a believer in a double-minded state. One minute they are one way, the next minute, they change up. The scars cry out.
Three ways soul scars are acquired:
Read John 9:1-3a KJV
1. The Fall - because of the fallen condition, mankind is born fallen (body, soul, spirit).
Read Exodus 20:5 AMPC
2. Generational - visiting the iniquity of the fathers.
3. Rejection – is the most common and the most damaging. Rejection causes people to make vows that run and rule their lives.
Three of the most common types of damaged emotions:
A deep sense of unworthiness – an inner feeling of anxiety, inadequacy, and inferiority, an inner nagging that says, I’m no good, no one will ever really love me!
The perfectionist complex – an inner feeling that says I can never quite achieve. I can never do anything well enough. I can‘t please myself, others, or God. “Note to me: This kind of person is always groping, striving, usually feeling guilty. They are driven by inner thoughts. Forever climbing but never reaching.
The super-sensitive person - The super-sensitive person needs a lot of approval, but you can never quite give them enough. They seem very insensitive. They have been hurt so badly that instead of becoming sensitive, they cover it by being hard and tough.
How does the healing begin?
Read John 5:5-7 AMPC
1.You must desire to be whole more than your need to make excuses.
2. You must allow God’s word to change your view of you!
Ephesians 1:3-7 NLT 3. All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. 4 Even before He made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in His eyes. 5 God decided in advance to adopt us into His own family by bringing us to Himself through Jesus Christ. This is what He wanted to do, and it gave Him great pleasure. 6 So we praise God for the glorious grace He has poured out on us who belong to His dear Son. 7 He is so rich in kindness and grace that He purchased our freedom with the blood of His Son and forgave our sins.