What Is Inner Healing

“I will restore you to health
    and heal your wounds,’
declares the Lord “


Wikipedia defines inner healing as; The Inner Healing Movement refers to a grassroots lay counseling movement among Christians of various denominations. It engages the use of prayer, forgiveness, repentance, rejecting lies and replacing them with truth, and processing painful memories to bring emotional and spiritual healing.

While we can agree with the above definition, there is so much more to Inner Healing. It is as old as the Bible itself.  In both the Old and New Testament scripture tells us, God will heal our bones, our mind, our soul and give us a new heart and a new spirit.  In Isaiah 61 God tells us; Jesus, a messenger of God has come to preach the good news, heal the brokenhearted, set the captives free, comfort those in sorrow and give us beauty for pain and ashes.  When we decide to connect with God, he takes our stony hearts and give us a heart of flesh. 

So many of us struggle with fear, anxiety, depression, anger, sin, sickness, negative emotions and dis-ease that causes us to be disconnected from God, ourselves and others.  Often a life crisis event leads us to seek counseling and wisdom to obtain freedom from the things that bind our everyday life. Countless experiences and our reactions have formed who and what we are.

The Inner Healing is a process of evangelism, sanctification and transformation. Inner Healing is not Psychology. While we may use some psychological insights, we use and apply solid biblical principles to understand and heal the heart, mind and body.   It is in this inner healing process where we discover our responses and beliefs about God, ourselves and others.  During that process we can see our belief systems, unforgiveness, judgements, inner vows, expectations, bitter roots and sowing and reaping.  It is not a process of healing emotions and memories; it is so much more. Its taking a moment in time to look at and discover how we view life, others and our responses to it.  It is a process where someone listens, really listens then through grace, mercy, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, deliverance and discussion, empower you with tools, to live a holistic victorious life.  

Accomplishing Forgiveness

“In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You cannot get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.”  Matthew 6:14 The Message Bible

Forgiveness is surrendering to Jesus our right to hold a judgement against another. While we want to be “paid back” for sins against us, we must instead let God be the judge and jury.  Forgiveness in no way justifies sin or removes accountability from those who have hurt us, nor does it mean that we must act as though nothing has happened.

In any area of our heart, when holding onto unforgiveness, we are more likely to receive negative messages and our heart becomes closed to the Lord and those around us.  Having a closed heart tends to leave us unable to receive what we need most, affirmation, love, positive words, comfort and forgiveness. Think of unforgiveness as a closed fist. It is as if we are shaking our fist at the one who “owes” us, demanding to receive, yet holding tightly to the very pain we want to get rid of.

Unforgiveness, criticism, bitterness, resentment, revenge and hatred are sin. They disconnect us from God and one another. God, in His great love, died for us so that we could receive and give forgiveness. 1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us form all unrighteousness. It is our job to confess or admit our sin. The Lord does the rest, he will cleanse us from our unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment and hatred.

What does it really mean to forgive?

Forgiveness is frequently talked about in the Bible. In the Lord’s prayer in Matthew 6:12, it says we are to pray, “Forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors”.  When we hold unforgiveness in our heart towards another, we are holding that person in debt. Most of us give evidence to our unforgiveness when we say, “You owe me an apology”, or “How could you have done this to me?”  you remind the other person over and over what they have done to you? Do you rehearse speeches and create justifications as to why you have been hurt? When someone is in debt to us through unforgiveness, our heart records what the person owes. Not only is the debt stored in our heart, but so is any hurt or negative message associated with that debt. That does not go away until the debt is paid in full.        

How do we do that? How do we let go?

We pray! We ask God for the grace and strength to go on and to heal. We realize forgiveness is a process.  We let go of the pain and do not let our minds focus on the situation repeatedly. We accept we can only control ourselves and not others. We set healthy boundaries.  We bless. We love as Christ loved us. We forgive and we accept the gift of forgiveness.  We pray out loud!

Forgiveness is a choice And when you pray, make sure you forgive the faults of others so that your Father in heaven will also forgive you.” Matthew 6:14 TPT

Forgiveness is a command.  “But if you withhold forgiveness from others, your Father withholds forgiveness from you.” Matthew 6:15 TPT

God will accomplish forgiveness.  Hebrews 9:22 states, “without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness”.  When we repent and receive God’s forgiveness for our own sins, we can more easily forgive others. 

Release the debtor to God and his care.  Pray His kindness will lead them to repentance and healing. See Romans 12:14-21

Bless those that have caused your hurt. 1 Peter 3:8-9 calls us to bless. “Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be [courteous; not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.”

What does forgiveness look and feel like?

Forgiveness can even lead to feelings of understanding, empathy and compassion for the one who hurt you. Again, Forgiveness does not mean forgetting or excusing the harm done to you or making up with the person who caused the harm. Forgiveness brings a kind of peace that helps you go on with life. Forgiveness is a gift to yourself because it enables you to stop feeling painful feelings and pushing others away. Forgiveness frees you from anger and allows you to restore your ability to have close and satisfying relationships with God and others.

Make a choice today to cancel someone’s debt through forgiveness. Choose forgiveness, allow God to accomplish forgiveness, release the debtor and bless those who hurt you. When we do, the Lord will heal us, remove the pain and the negative messages in our heart.  Then we can live freely, inherit the blessings for yourself and reconnect with God and others.

Victorious Life

Living a Victorious life looks different for everyone.  Victory is a gift from God.  We can have little victory apart from a life with God.  This is evident in our society today.  Depression, Despair, Striving, Hatred, Jealousy, Greed, Anxiety, Fear, Sickness and Sin, Grief, Broken relationships and disconnection from God.  Some say it is because we live in a “fallen world”. If we believe that, we live that.  We were created to live an abundant life, not something we attain fully, but rather a journey, a pilgrimage, a discovery of ourselves in connection with ourselves, others and God. We were created to live a full life. God the master craftsman gives us tools, wisdom and power to learn, grow and walk these out.

Big Picture:

Victory in your Heart – Proverbs 20:25-21:4

Victory of the battle in our hearts and minds. Not having all the answers, but able to look at self through God. Father, Son, Holy Spirit and Written Word.

Victory over Death – Romans 8: 1-39, 1 Corinthian 15:50-16:4

Jesus, through the cross and resurrection, has defeated sin, guilt and death.

Jesus wraps His arms around us and takes the sting of death, sickness, disease, sin, failures.

Victory over evil – 1 Corinthians 15:57, Ephesians 6:10-18, 1John 5:4

There are over 100+ verses in the bible giving us victory over the enemy.

Victory in our Daily Walk/Life:

John 10:10b TPT

“I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect, life in its fullness until you overflow.”

Victorious living is holistic; mind, body and spirit are connected and working together as one.

It is important to be present in all three.

The ability to:

Worship individually and Corporately. Able to sense the presence of God.

Able to sustain a private devotion with God.

A heart and spirit of gratitude and thankfulness.

Abel to listen for revelation from God

Maintain health – can recover from illness.

Able to have original insight and inspiration – Creativity

Able to relate to time – past, present and future. Hope rather than despair

Able to have Empathetic communication – sense where the other person is coming from

Able to have glorious martial sex – whole love meets whole love. Not just physical but nurturing to the mind, body and spirit.

Clean Conscience, able to keep us from sinning, able to see wrong, repent and turn from it.