It is often necessary for personal ministry to take place regarding traumatic moments. I personally believe this should be a part of the ministry of the church. I do not think professionals should be the only ones helping others to break free from a traumatic past. Often, it simply takes a loving friend with compassion and knowledge to walk them into freedom.
The key in ministering to trauma, with the goal of long-term freedom, involves helping the person arrive to healthier resolution. When resolution occurs, the person can remember the experience but no longer be tormented by it.
Healing Tormenting Memories
The power of those tormenting memories can be broken first by addressing the torment that came in at those traumatic moments; they are the ones who came in to keep the torment intact. Removing these “back seat drivers” gives the person room to receive the love of God and develop a renewed perspective on life.
In ministering to trauma, our goal is to heal the torment and inward conflict over the event. Remembering the event without the torment now gives the person the ability to express their testimony of what God has done in their life to set them free. The testimony of the believer is one of the core weapons we have to defeating the enemy’s work.
Forgiveness and Trauma
In addressing traumas, one thing that is imperative is the power of forgiveness. Those who have wronged us or have failed to love and protect us must be forgiven, or we will never be free from our past. Without forgiveness, there will never be proper healing of the past.
In addition, the love of Father God needs to be understood, so that perfect love can invade us in power. Coming out of agreement with what the enemy brought in is a very key component of walking out of the bondage. This involves breaking agreement with fear, rejection, self-hatred, guilt and whatever else seems to still be in operation. Each one needs to be removed in the power of the Holy Spirit.
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