A time of brokenness befalls everyone. Babylon is mentioned many times in the Old Testament, and the word Babylon means fragmentation. Every time the Babylonians attacked Israel, the nation was broken apart. Keep a watch for the Babylonian spirit in the churches.
There are four areas of healing:
The confession of our trespasses to one another.
We need to engage with fellow believers for these things to happen.
May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it. (1 Thessalonians 5:23-24)
God wants to preserve us or set us apart. In each of us He has made three dimensions: spirit, soul and body.
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
We must learn to rejoice in the Lord always like the Apostle Paul. Joy is evidence of healing. (Proverbs 17:22)
“Return, faithless people; I will cure you of backsliding.” Yes, we will come to you, for you are the LORD our God. (Jeremiah 3:22)
Stop the backsliding and become faithful to God. Our waywardness is the reason for our pain.
Let us look at three key steps of the healing process:
- Develop a heart that cares deeply for people.
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. (Matthew 9:35-36)
We need to share Christ’s compassionate heart. Focus on the needs of the people around you as Jesus did. When we focus on ourselves, we will never see the need of others, but life is not all about you.
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:1- 2)
Be gentle, and bear one another’s burdens.
- Speak and stand on the truth.
Your words can bring life or death. Speak the truth that others may live.
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking. They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts. Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, and they are full of greed. (Ephesians 4:15-19)
Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. (Proverbs 12:25)
The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit. (Proverbs 15:4)
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. (Proverbs 18:21)
- Confess your trespasses to one another.
Learn to say, “I’m sorry,” and, “Thank you.” Heal the hurting; otherwise, there is no point in making an offering of prayer to God; He will not accept it.
“Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24)
- Release prayers of faith to God.
And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. (James 5:15)
We need faith.