There is another ministry technique called inner healing. Inner healing takes away the pain of difficult and traumatic situations from the past in a person’s life where the person has believed a lie. Because everyone has experienced difficult situations that have left wounds that are not physical and beliefs that are not true, inner healing is needed for everyone, just as much as the other types of ministry. Also, where there is emotional pain, there is a strong temptation to manage it by sinful behavior. If we, by sheer force of will, keep ourselves from sinning, our Christianity is no different from all the other religions in the world that require extreme human effort to be holy. In this case we would be victorious in our behavior, but our emotions would be unchanged and the struggle would still be there.
If I tell you that you are believing lies and that they are influencing your reactions to life and affecting your perceptions, would you believe me? If you have gone to most traditional counselors to try to fix a problem in your life, they have presented you with facts that will help you to some extent if you did not know them. However, facts from the Word of God or a counselor will not change the emotions coming from our past life experiences or change what we truly believe. Only the Holy Spirit can do that. When we are saved, especially if we did not come from a Christian family, we can grow in our Christian walk very fast for a while. Then the growth slows and seems to almost stop after years have passed. That is because the deeply imbedded lies are still there, influencing our behavior, and we are not even aware of them. What we believe at a conscious level can be totally contrary to what we believe at a subconscious level. It is difficult and takes a long time and a lot of effort to change our deep-seated beliefs by reading and confessing the Word, and this can be done, but inner healing is so much faster. There is a constant struggle between the truth we see in the Bible and how we feel emotionally. Lies from our past can cause us to react to a present situation totally inappropriately, with inappropriate emotions or actions.
When our emotional pain from the past is stirred up by something that happens to us in the present, we have a choice as to how to deal with it. Sinful actions are often a way of managing our emotional pain. (1) We can become angry with those around us because we blame them for causing the pain. (2) We know as Christians that we need to be loving and kind to others, so we turn the pain inward and suppress it. The force behind most addictions is the attempt to dull the emotional pain. (3) We can try to override the pain by doing something that will give us bodily pleasure like food, sex, entertainment, spending. (4) We can repent and ask for forgiveness over and over to no avail for how we feel and the resulting inappropriate actions that we take. (5) We can realize that the emotional pain that we feel is caused by something negative and painful that happened to us in the past, where we believed a lie as a result of what happened to us. The most effective and quickest way to deal with such a lie is to use the procedure below to really learn what the truth is. Our present pain cannot be resolved without addressing what happened in the past, and our past pain cannot be resolved by only addressing the present situation.
Because we learned the lie from our past emotional experience, we must learn the truth by a new emotional experience, but the Holy Spirit must do it. The Holy Spirit places truth directly into the memory experience. Many times it is the lies from our past emotionally charged memories that keep us from really believing and applying the truth that we read in the Bible. What we feel at any given moment indicates what we truly believe at an experiential level. Each time that a lie is replaced with the truth, we find more peace and discover who we truly are in Christ. Inner healing does not change the past memories, but it replaces the lies in those memories with the truth. Once the lies are replaced, we can look back on the memories and there is no emotional pain caused by the lies.
When a person, especially a child, experiences a bad situation that seems to contradict what the Bible says, the person believes that what they learned in the situation is the truth, and they believe it at an emotional level because they have lived it. (An example would be if the person as a child experienced a very bad incident with a dog and as a result was still afraid of dogs.) When people are saved, the good news of the Bible is always met with a measure of unbelief because of their past. They base their beliefs and lives on what they have experienced, because what the Bible says does not seem to be true, and even seems too good to be true. We cannot change our core beliefs by simply choosing to believe the truth of the Word using great determination because a deep lie cannot be dealt with logically.
To erase the false belief in their hearts and replace it with the truth requires revelation from the Lord and that is what inner healing does. We ask the Lord to take the person back to an event in the person’s past that He wants to deal with. We determine the lie that was believed because of the event and then ask the Lord to enter and somehow bring truth and healing. A person can use this technique themselves when an emotion comes up that is puzzling and inappropriate to the situation, but having someone to help is advantageous.
Believing the truth is very important. It changes the way a person perceives a past situation, and then changes the emotions caused by a present similar situation. However, it is very important that the person receiving ministry be willing to go through the process and be willing to face any emotional pain or condemnation, and the lies that they believe. If they are not willing, then healing will not take place.
When a person, especially a child, is mistreated, and they have no way to escape the situation or remedy it, they generally deny it or repress it. It is easier for the child to believe that they are bad or have done something wrong instead of believing the parent is bad, because that would mean that their whole world is fearful and they are not protected.
It is understandable that when a person is mistreated in some way, the feelings of anger, hate or revenge would be present. If these emotions are not dealt with fairly soon, they will turn inward and become bitterness and resentment, which is sin. These emotions are not rooted in lies, but in the truth. They must be confessed as sin and repented of and given to the Lord. Otherwise, these emotions will interfere with the inner healing. The person must be willing to forgive and let these emotions go, and a lot of times they are not willing. Lies will not be removed from a past emotionally-charged event as long as anger and un-forgiveness about the cause of the event are present.
Other possible truth-based emotions are sadness, loss and disappointment. If these are emotions based upon truth, they should be dealt with after the lie-based emotions. If these truth-based emotions are not really deep and painful, focus on the emotion and then ask Jesus to take them.
Emotions like shame, helplessness, abandonment and guilt are generally related to lies from the person’s past. If the person experiences a lot of guilt and shame in the memory, and the Lord does not replace these negative emotions with truth, it may be that the guilt and shame are correct emotions and the person needs to repent and receive forgiveness experientially for whatever they did that caused the emotions. Then they will truly feel forgiven. A person can do wrong and then repent over and over but never feel forgiven, even though they know from the Bible that they are forgiven. If the person feels guilty but they are actually innocent, the Holy Spirit will let them know that they are innocent. False guilt cannot be removed by confessing sins that they did not commit.
Procedure: Although inner healing can be done by an individual, without another person’s help, it is probably best to have another person there to direct the ministry, so I will give instructions accordingly.
a) Ask the Lord to take the person back to some incident in their past where they learned a lie because of what happened. The memory may be quite painful. The person is not to decide what memory is to be dealt with, the Holy Spirit does.
b) When a memory comes up, ask the person to explain briefly what happened. Take a few notes during the ministry to give to the person afterward. In this memory, does the person need to forgive anyone? Does the person need to repent of any anger, judgment, inner vows, disobedience, word curses or any other sin from this memory?
c) Find out what lie was learned from this event. To do this, ask the person what lie seems most true emotionally because of what happened, even though they may know mentally and Biblically that it is not true.
d) Ask the Lord if this is the memory to be dealt with or if there is another memory in the person’s past where they essentially learned the same lie. See if another memory comes up. If not, go to f.
e) If there is another memory, there may be more memories. Briefly record each one and check them for un-forgiveness and other sins. Then ask the Lord to take the person to the memory that He wants to deal with. When this memory is healed, all the other memories that came up will also be healed.
f) Have the person go back to the memory and experience it as clearly as possible visually and on an emotional level.
g) When the person indicates that they have done that, ask the Lord Jesus to enter the memory and do what He needs to do to let the person know what the truth is emotionally. The person may see Jesus do something or hear Him say something. Neither of these events may happen, but something will be communicated that will bring truth. Especially do not rush this part of the ministry.
h) Have the person go back to the memory or memories and see if the pain and belief in the lie is still there. It should not be. If the memory has been healed and the lie has been replaced with the truth, the peace of God should be there.