Whenever I do healing groups the first thing we establish are boundaries up front that will help make the group a safe place to share. Everyone agrees to what makes a group a safe place. Some of the boundaries include, anonymity, don’t interrupt, listen, no judging, be aware of biases, don’t give advice, and most important confidentiality. Establishing these boundaries up front, establishes a safe place for people to feel comfortable to process and heal.
God has provided safe places to heal for us as well. In the Bible, Jesus performed many healing miracles. One of them includes the woman who bled for 12 years. She had spent all her money on doctors to be cured, but instead grew worse. But then she heard about Jesus.21 She said to herself, “If I only touch his cloak, I will be healed.” 22 Jesus turned and saw her. “Take heart, daughter,” he said, “your faith has healed you.” And the woman was healed at that moment.' Matthew 9:21-22Click To Tweet
This woman’s faith shows us, all she had to do was be near Jesus and she would be healed. She just had to step into His presence. The same is for us as well. When we step into these places, there is nothing magical about the locations, it’s about our willingness to step into the presence of God.
5 Safe Places to Heal in the Bible That Will Set You Free-
1. The Mountain- Isaiah 54:10, “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.” Isaiah 49:11, “And I will make all my mountains a road, and my highways shall be raised up.”
There are so many mountain references in the Bible, it was hard to pick just one. The one thing I love about what a mountain represents is, God is the creator of mountains.
Mountains represent God’s greatness, His power and strength, a place we can go and be in solitude with Him. Just like the woman’s faith (who bled for 12 years) healed her, if we have faith the size of a mustard seed God can move the mountains in our lives (Matt. 17:20). Mountains are a place where we can see the results of the climb once we get to the top, we can see so much clearly!
In the Bible some of the most sacred events occurred on the mountain, when Abraham was to sacrifice his son Isaac, when Moses received the 10 commandments, the burning bush, healing, etc. Don’t underestimate God’s ability, how He will use the mountains in your life. We can always find safe places to heal no matter where we are on the mountain.
2. The Dessert- Matthew 4:10-11, “Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written,“ ‘You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve.’ 11 Then the devil left him, and behold, angels came and were ministering to him.”
There isn’t a place we go to that Jesus himself hasn’t already been to. We can find safe places to heal in the most unlikely places, even in the arid, harsh desert. Jesus went to the wilderness of the desert to fast and pray for 40 days and nights. In the desert, Jesus was tempted by the devil, who tried to deceive Him. But Jesus responds with ‘Be gone!’ Jesus tells Satan, ‘He worships God only.’ It seems unlikely to be able to heal in such harsh environments, but Jesus shows us in the wilderness, we can wrestle with our demons and allow for God’s strength to stand up against our enemies. This is where we can truly discover who we are in Christ and allow for our foundations to be rooted in Him and not the lies of the enemy.
3. The Well- John 4:10, “Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
In John 4, we read about the woman at the well, Jesus asks for a drink a water from the well from her. According to customs, Jesus wasn’t supposed to associate with this woman, because she was Samaritan and a woman. She even came to the well at a time no one would be there so she could go unnoticed. But Jesus sees this woman in a way no one ever had.'Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life'. (John 4:13-14).Click To Tweet
This woman was ashamed of her choices and past, but Jesus saw the woman for who she was, loved and worthy. He spoke to her needs of needing a Savior and did not condemn her. Even though this woman did not intentionally step into His presence, Jesus was there waiting for her, extending an invitation of mercy and grace which spoke volumes to her. Because of her testimony of how Jesus treated her, many more Samaritans were saved.
4. The Valley- Psalm 23: 4-5, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[a] I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.”
When we go through the valleys in our life, God provides a safe place to heal at a table He has prepared for us in the presence of our enemies. It’s not a matter if we go through valleys. It says, we will walk through the valleys. No matter what we are going through, there’s not a place God hasn’t already been. He has gone before us and made a way, a place for us to heal in the valley. We don’t have to wait until we are out of our valleys to heal, we can heal when we are in the valley, at His table He has prepared for us.
5. The Cross- John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”
The cross is a place God used to change everything. The cross is an altar where we can lay down our own measures of control, burdens, struggles, and performance and enter into God’s grace, truth, and love. The cross is where we receive our gift of salvation and eternal life, that bridges the gap between death and life, that cures all sickness and disease, that heals the brokenhearted. The cross is both an opportunity to step into God’s presence but also receive what He has done for us. We can find a safe place to heal at the cross where we can surrender it all. We don’t have to fear being criticized, judged, or condemned, but receive the greatest gift ever of eternal life, freedom, hope, joy, and love.
Where Do You Find Safe Places to Heal?
What Place Do You Find The Most Healing?
Do You Give Yourself Permission To Heal?
There is freedom in healing. When we heal, we destroy the work of the enemy and are able to live in God’s victory of what He has done for us. Healing is the evidence o
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