Take time to interact with the resources below. [wpex more=”Why?” less=”Why?”]
Every one of us has a different learning style and are affected in different ways by different things at different times. With this in mind the “into” part of this section is intended to look at the content brought up by the book from multiple angles. Video clips, blogs and other interactions will help bring this information from our heads (information) to our hearts (transformation). You are encouraged to relate your story, your emotion, your perspective to the current content and see where God brings you.[/wpex]
Restoration of All Things
If you can get past the fact that this is from the movie Titanic, this scene is an absolutely incredible picture of healing. Imagine this old, rotten boat is your heart (Isaiah 61:1). Years of neglect have rendered it almost unidentifiable. Healing is about getting Jesus and His life and light into the dark, broken places. In this scene we go right into the dark hull of the boat when something surprising happens. Light comes through the old windows and everything starts to be restored. The beauty of the original intent comes back to life. Not only does the boat come back to life, but the broken dreams that Jack and Rose had of being together and in love are fulfilled and celebrated. This is what Jesus wants to do for your heart.
The Wounded Healer
Stick and String
In this sermon Pastor Greg Boyd reveals his own wounds and how Jesus came into those places for healing.
Review the key points for this section.
|We are not wholehearted, according to Christ we are brokenhearted|
|Jesus offers more than forgiveness, He offers to heal our brokenness|
|We must do the healing work with Jesus, allowing Him access to those painful and broken places|
Pick a few of these questions to react to. Write down your unedited responses. [wpex more=”Why?” less=”Why?”]We don’t often take time to push the “pause” button. This puts us in a position of having an overwhelming amount of stimulus and an underwhelming amount of time and space to process life. Journaling takes the thoughts, emotions and even actions and captures them for a moment, giving us time to become more self-aware. The more self-aware we are, the more we can connect with God. There are no right or wrong answers so take a moment to write down your unedited response to these questions.[/wpex]
We Are The Brokenhearted
In Isaiah 61:1, which is referenced in Luke by Jesus, what do you think He meant by the “brokenhearted” and the “captive”?
|Is it a new thought to you that your heart can actually be broken and stay in many pieces?|
|Don’t you feel divided within yourself sometimes? In decisions and desires? How do you experience this?|
|“Passions are windows to wounds.” What obsessions or unexplainable intensities can you think of that may lead to broken places in you?|
|Are there things that you find yourself doing, or not doing, and you aren’t really able to explain why? What are these things and what is it that you are hoping for or in need of?|
|Do you struggle with emotion that comes out of nowhere? Anger? Fear? Sadness? Shame?|
Christ Offers to Heal Us
In Matthew 13:15, what do you suppose Jesus meant by “And I would heal them”?
|On page 134-135, what is the common theme in what Jesus does in each situation? What is He offering?|
|Do you see how everything Jesus did was to illustrate what he was trying to say?|
|If not restoration, what have you assumed the offer of Jesus/Christianity is? Forgiveness, better life, morality, knowledge, religion, getting to heaven… All good things, but not the point. They are all driving towards intimacy with God AND restoration.|
We must invite Jesus in for healing
Read John’s story of healing with Jesus on the mountain again. (pp.137-139) What stirs in you?
|God is the God of the past, present and future; that is why he can heal those places. He is still there with our young selves. Are there things that come to mind that you may need to invite Jesus into for healing? What are they?|
|What is holding you back from opening the door that Jesus is knocking at?|
Find a quiet space and time to spend with God. Ask Him questions and then listen to God and your own heart. Have your journal ready to capture what surfaces. [wpex more=”Why?” less=”Why?”]Often times the way God communicates with us is described as a still, small voice. We may be tempted to believe that God doesn’t speak anymore, but what if we just aren’t taking the time and effort to listen. Just like a small child learning to speak their native language, over time there becomes a familiarity and ease in which communication happens.Sometimes a quiet place is a quiet room in the house or a walk in the woods. Allow your heart and mind to be quiet. If you get distracted from God or the question you want to ask, don’t beat yourself up, this is natural. Just say, “Okay God, I come back to you”. Ask the question again and notice your heart, thoughts, images, or words that come to mind and see what God is saying to you.[/wpex]
Start with the [wpex more=”Centering Prayer” less=Centering Prayer”]
Get into a present but relaxed sitting position. Take a few deep breaths and just clear your mind.
Jesus, I come to you now to be found in You, to be renewed in You and defined by You. I give myself over to You, my life, heart, mind, body, soul, spirit and will. I surrender my will and needs to you. I am claimed by You, through Your cross and death, Your resurrection and Your ascension.
Cleanse me Jesus, in Your blood, from all sin and shame. I give myself over to this bath. I allow all my striving, manipulating, defending, perfectionism, pushing and pulling, sin and shame to be released over to You now. I confess all these (name any specifics) and ask for a full and true forgiveness and restoration. I invite You to help me love and accept myself as You accept and love me.
I resist the Enemy in the authority of Jesus and His full work. I bind away all distractions, all confusion, all frustrations (name any specifics). I resist all lies against me, silencing all other voices than God, combating these with truth. Only You, Jesus, can speak to me about who I am. I renounce all agreements, ties and unholy alliances (name any specifics) I have made with the Enemy or other people. I bring all evil spirits, named and unnamed, bound at the feet of Jesus.
I ask for eyes to see You and ears to hear You. I ask for a heart to receive and a mind to comprehend. I ask, more than anything, to move into a deeper and more connective intimacy with You. Bring this fragile branch back to the vine. You are the source of all my life, peace, joy and love and I receive a deeper measure right now.
Jesus, I invite you in and give you access to the deeper places in my heart. I believe you are already present AND you respect my will and await my invitation to the places I have protected and hidden. So, here I am God. I open my life and heart to you.
Go through this exercise by pausing between actions to do what it says:
Take a moment to remember your childhood home. What are the sights, sounds, smells, feelings? Who is there?
- Pause and do this
As you explore your childhood home (remember you are doing this with Jesus) ask Him if there is anything specific from this young time in your life that He would like to bring up.
- Pause and do this
It may be a joyful memory or could be a painful one. Whatever the case, allow yourself to remember this moment in all the detail you can. Feel those same emotions again.
- Pause and do this
Now ask Jesus, “Where are You in this memory?”. Look for Him.
- Pause and do this
Allow Him to reveal Himself to you. What is He doing? What does He want to show you? What does He want to say to you? How does His presence to change the memory?
A few times a week pause your life to worship and connect with God. Recalibrate what is most true about you, the world and God. [wpex more=”Why?” less=”Why?”]Taking time to worship God by ourselves in our everyday lives is essential to continue to move towards the intimate connection to God that we need. In watching the video, meditation or interacting with some other form of worship is not intended to be prescriptive. You don’t have to sing along, just be present. Instead of trying to make something happen, we want to have a posture of open receptiveness towards what God has for us. We can just soak in the goodness of worship with God and it does something to our hearts whether we know it or not.[/wpex]
Watch this worship video, meditate on the words and the melody. Allow your heart to flow with the song.
Take a moment to describe your takeaway from this section in the comments area below. What did you learn? How can you apply it in everyday life? [wpex more=”Why?” less=”Why?”]When we share with others our own perspectives it allows us to process in a different way. When we get a chance to experience someone else’s perspective ours is broadened. In just a few sentences we can practice synthesizing down what we have learned to a 30,000 foot overview.[/wpex]