We are made new in Christ, and in so we do carry the atmosphere of Heaven. However, that doesn’t mean we are suddenly not impacted by life’s heartaches. Sometimes it is helpful from differentiating between type A and type B trauma. Type A trauma is the lack of something good missing from our lives. Type B Trauma is the presence of something painful in our stories. Both are equally valid, and can impact our hearts in significant ways.
What is not valid, is suggesting that trauma cannot affect as us as Christians. Religion teaches people to live by rules. This is a very western point of view. It says, “If I do right, everything will be right.” These sorts of long-pondered ideologies work great in every imaginable (key word) scenario; so long as it never happens to you. Because when it does, you are faced with executing the only strategy you have concocted. Suddenly, the reality that we live in a fallen world with an active enemy will hit you. The wheels of ideology fall off and you find yourself in a ditch you can't get out of.
I have ministered to hundreds of men and women, from their late 20's to late 70's, who were struggling to get their lives back because of childhood trauma. It’s called dissociation. For adults who have experienced trauma the results are not quite as devastating, but the assault on personal identity is just as vicious.
In Isaiah 61:1, Jesus declares that the Spirit of The Lord God was upon him “To bind up the broken hearted and to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to those that are bound.” The obvious implication is that bad things happen, and they have significant repercussions in the lives of innocent people. That’s what captives are; in jail through no fault of their own. All your problems ceasing once you receive Jesus as Savior and Lord sounds more like a used car sales pitch than the actual truth.
When I was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2012, I asked the Lord about recovery. His reply was, “Some of this you’re gonna like and some of it you’re not, but I will be with you through it all.” He did not deny the fact that there would be difficulty. This is why we do what we do. Life can be difficult, but Jesus desires to come and bring wholeness.
If you have not attended a Trauma Release Weekend, we invite you to do so. You will receive teaching on different types of trauma, then we will pray to break off any areas that particular area of trauma has operated in your life. We regularly hear testimonies of incredible breakthrough and freedom.
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