The truth about facing your pain – revelations from my journey

The spiritual war

‘But I beg you that when I am present I may not be bold with that confidence by which I intend to be bold against some, who think of us as if we walk according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.’ 2 Corinthians 10:2-6 NKJV

I have talked a lot about facing your pain on my blog; it’s a vital part of conquering your pain but recently I was faced with the opportunity to face my own pain head on and all I felt was fear. I spent days trying to figure out why I was finding it so difficult to look my pain in the eye and challenge it. My heart’s desire was to heal it and be done with it. As I have mentioned in previous posts; the key ingredient to healing your pain is to not be afraid of it. I know this in my head but my heart wasn’t matching up. I started to feel that feeling of anxiety envelope my body; that feeling of not being fully present, lost in the thoughts of my mind.

I decided not to allow this anxiety to fully rear its ugly head and took it to the Lord. I asked the Lord “what’s going on?” and “why Lord am I feeling this way?” He responded with “grab your journal and a pen; there are some things I need you to know” He took me to 2 Corinthians 10:2-6. I realised the war is not won through the flesh; His weapons do not bring war but peace. The weapons of the Lord are bringing down strongholds, changing mindsets, and stopping anything that comes against the truth of God. The thing that was stopping me from facing my pain was a stronghold of fear.

Strongholds are a spiritual hold on your mind. It may have been a thought you partnered with years ago that now has a hold on your mind or it may be something someone spoke over you repeatedly as a child that your subconscious mind sees as truth. These strongholds make it difficult to get beneath the surface of our pain; they stop us from accessing the root cause of the pain. I’ve suffered from anxiety from the age of 14 years old; fear is what I learnt as a result of a father that controlled my every move from a very early age. Fear has become a stronghold of my mind. The war is against the strongholds of our minds; the things that keep us prisoner in our own minds, not the act of actually facing your pain but what thoughts we allow to creep into our mind about facing our pain.

Three steps to breaking a stronghold

First step – Renew the mind

Second step – Process the pain

Third step – Freedom

First we must deal with the stronghold before we can face the pain; it needs to be spiritually broken off your mind. Pray for this to happen, asking God to break it. Learn to walk in your spirit not your flesh; you have the Lord’s supernatural strength inside you. Do this by taking every thought captive and asking if the thought is for or against God. Remember to do this from a place of rest and understanding that your mind and the enemy will try to recruit you back into battle. Lastly remember that thoughts can become bigger than reality. You may think you can’t physically face the pain of your past but the truth is you can. I believe this is why the Lord asks us to live in His truth because His truth is always grounded in reality and not lies unlike the enemy!

Once the stronghold is broken you are free to face your pain without the added force of spiritual bondage. Will you feel fear when you face your pain, probably, but that’s normal and a healthy response from your body just do not allow your thoughts about the fear to turn into a cycle of being afraid about being afraid. This can turn into avoidance of the root cause, which ultimately means you will not be able to heal, and the Lord wants us free from our past not bound by it.

Much Love,

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