The noise of barking dogs and a sudden cry of pain brought me running to my backyard. We had an intruder, my neighbor’s dog found his way in and attacked my dog.
The experience left my dog wounded and traumatized.
We thought it was over as we tended the wound and patched the fence. The dog managed to find all the weak spots in the fence and came in two more times. He was relentless and probably hungry.
Why was the fence weak? The previous tenant had a huge dog who wore out our fence, always biting at it, wanting to get it in. Although he didn’t succeed, this dog was just the right size for the hole made in our fence. Why am I writing all this? Because this is similar to the way the enemy works.
He finds the weak areas in our lives, and he pounces. He doesn’t show mercy. He will leave us beat up and wounded on our own turf. He sets out to destroy us.
It’s time to heal
What are the wounds you’ve been carrying? Who hurt you?
What sins have you weak and bound? What vows did you make that are now shaping your life?
Many of us come to Jesus battered and bruised but we’ve never experienced the healing of our wounds. We keep agreeing with the messages of our wounds, with the vows we made, with the lies the enemy whispered to us. As I shared in Woman in Hiding, experiences we go through in life can leave behind wounds that shape our lives.
This is something that requires more discussion in the church. Things have to change. There are too many of us broken and bleeding all over the church pews while we sing songs of freedom but yet we remain bound.
The process of healing is not easy, it’s messy and it requires intentionality. It requires us to come alongside our sisters, it requires us to listen, instead of echoing “hush until you heal”. Safe spaces need to exist to share stories, reclaim voices, and share the proclamations of Jesus to all those who need to hear them.
Five proclamations that will change your life
When Jesus delivered spoke in the Synagogue, He was setting the stage. He was making it known what His mission is.
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”Luke 4:18-19 (ESV)
It’s easy to quickly skim over this passage because you may have read it often, or heard a sermon on it before. Take another look with me. This is a message for me. This is a message for you.
Jesus tell us that He has been anointed to:
- Proclaim good news to the poor
- Proclaim liberty to the captives
- Recovery of sight for the blind
- Set at liberty those who are oppressed
- Proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
Sis, Jesus is offering to you freedom and healing. He wants to make you whole. He wants to set you free.
“You are the glorious Image Bearer of the Lord Jesus Christ – the crown of his creation. You have been assaulted. You have fallen to your own resources. Your Enemy has seized upon your wounds and your sins to pin your heart down. Now the Son of God has come to ransom you, and to heal your broken, wounded, bleeding heart, and to set you free from bondage… He came to restore the glorious creation that you are. And then set you free . . . to be yourself. “Captivating, John & Stasi Eldredge