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Uprooting Unhealthy Thinking Patterns and Finding True Healing

Jun 23, 2024

Healing can be a messy journey, even with Jesus in our lives. True healing requires more than a visit to a therapist, a social media post about someone who wronged us, and a “comforting” trip to Starbucks… despite what popular social media influencers might suggest. We can begin finding relief and softening our hearts by surrendering to God, allowing Him to uproot the negative patterns that trap us. These patterns often stem from lies of the enemy, perpetuated by a society that leads us astray in our relationships, jobs, and commitments. They steer us away from God when our lofty expectations aren’t met.

One common misconception is that God won’t give us more than we can handle. However, Jesus actually said in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble, but fear not, I have overcome the world.” When things don’t go as planned, we often blame God, and our faith falters. He never promised to shield us from failure or pain, but said He would be with us as we endure and navigate rough patches in life.

“Being true to yourself” is another misleading notion. It suggests that anything hindering our “happiness” or self-gratification is inherently wrong. This belief wrongly frees us from any accountability. In reality, true happiness comes from God and not self.

Lastly, “following your heart” is a deception that may lead us away from God’s intended path. God has a perfect plan for each of us, and following Him alone leads to genuine joy and peace. John 15:2 says, “He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and He prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.” By “cutting off the branches” and replacing the lies and misconceptions with His truth, God heals our hearts, guiding us into healthier patterns and making us better individuals.

Your Call to Action

Embracing the healing journey can be challenging, but you are not alone. Now is the time to take a step toward true freedom and transformation. Surrender your hurts, fears, and misconceptions to God and allow His truth to reshape you. Engage in regular prayer, immerse yourself in scripture, and seek fellowship with others committed to walking this path of spiritual growth. Attend church, join a small group, or find a trusted mentor to guide you. Remember, God’s love and grace are never-ending, and He longs to heal your heart and lead you into a life filled with joy and peace. Take the first step today – your healing journey begins now.

“Then Jesus said to his disciples, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me’” (Matthew 16:24).

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me” (John 14:1).

“Jesus said to him, ’I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me’” (John 14:6).

Prayer

Father God, thank You for helping us find our way back to Your truth and putting us on a path to true healing. Let us look to You for happiness and follow Your steps and Your way to become healthier, better people. We surrender our pain and fear to You, Lord. In Your name, we pray, Amen.

A Comforting Closure

The Word of God offers comfort and reassurance as you navigate through the ups and downs of your healing process.

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