How many of us are dealing with emotional sickness? A broken heart is the source of emotional sickness. It is the excess baggage we carry around that the eyes of others cannot see. Smiling on the outside, but inside we’re crying.
Recently, I went to a women’s prayer meeting at my church and the topic was “help I’m broken hearted.” I thought it was an interesting topic. But as my pastor began to preach I quickly realized that this message was for me. She said something that spoke volumes to me “emotional sickness is when you’ve been hurt by the negatives of the past and it damages the present.”
I was a victim of emotional sickness and I didn’t even realize it. Things that happened in my past was at war with my present. It was affecting how I lived my life and stunting my growth. I was stuck and unable to move past the hurt, pain and afflictions others had caused me. It was an area of hurt that was hidden. It’s funny because I saw a therapist for some of these things so I thought I was over it. I thought I had forgave all those that hurt me, but after hearing the message I was wrong. That morning God shined a light in my heart and revealed that it was still there.
That morning I laid it all on the altar before God. I emptied all my hurt and pain from those that mistreated me, misused me, and used me for their convenience.
Emotional sickness is very serious. So what do we do and how do we get rid of it? We apply the blood of Jesus to the hurt, anger, hate and the wounds that refuse to heal. Jesus was already wounded for all our pain and affliction. He paid the ultimate price for us already. We are blood bought therefore we don’t have to suffer for sins that God has already forgiven us for.
Isaiah 53:5 says “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.”
We no longer have to allow our past to afflict our present. We need to go before God and stop covering up those wounds that need healing. He created us and yet when we go before Him we try to hide like everything is okay. Whatever is afflicting you today nail it to the cross. Satan likes to remind us of our past and hold it over our head. Using guilt as a reminder to keep us in bondage. Emotional sickness will keep us in prison and cause us to miss God’s best for us. Put your past on the cross.