Arrow Tips and Heart Wounds
(an excerpt from my new bible study “Train To Reign: Living Your True Identity With Victory And Authority”)
Hebrews 12:1-4 (The Passion Translation) “As for us, we have all of these great witnesses who encircle us like clouds. So we must let go of every wound that has pierced us and the sin we so easily fall into. Then we will be able to run life’s marathon race with passion and determination, for the path has been already marked out before us.”
2 We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection. His example is this: Because His heart was focused on the joy of knowing that you would be His, He endured the agony of the cross and conquered its humiliation, and now sits exalted at the right hand of the throne of God!
3 So consider carefully how Jesus faced such intense opposition from sinners who opposed their own souls, so that you won’t become worn down and cave in under life’s pressures. 4 After all, you have not yet reached the point of sweating blood in your opposition to sin.”
Do you know the enemy is constantly shooting his fiery darts or arrows at your heart and mind? These fiery darts (arrows) break off and the arrow tips lodge themselves deeply into our hearts creating wounds. These heart wounds create anxiety, reaction issues, control issues, sadness, depression and addictions. The consequence of carrying an arrow tip inside is a wound is created that weighs us down and keeps us from running our race with freedom. (Heb. 12:1 footnote TPT)
Then, we can become so entangled in these heart wounds and our issues that we begin to doubt God’s goodness. We start to doubt His promises could ever possibly be for us….thinking maybe for someone else, but surely not for me. This is a sin of unbelief and such a lie from the abyss.
If we are going to run (or walk) life’s marathon (journey) with passion and determination to run alongside of Jesus, His life, love and teachings, we must let Him heal us of these heart wounds. How do you do this? Pray and release them to Him. Journal and ask Him what He says about you and your wounded areas. Process through your hurting areas with a safe and trusted friend or counselor. Get the Word into your very being by reading it, really get still and marinate it and memorize scripture! Then, you are filled with Him, His life giving and changing thoughts to combat the arrows of the enemy. Realize that as you read it, you are hearing from our divine Maker! HE IS speaking to your heart and soul! Believe Jesus!
Fasten your eyes on Jesus who births faith in you! He endured the agony of the cross for you. He wants to share His life with you. Your identity is wrapped up in Him and His redeeming life’s work of love! The Greek word agona means agony or conflict. On our obstacle course called life, Jesus wants to enter into your conflicts and wounds. He wants to heal you.
We will have conflict and great challenges-we know this usually on a daily basis! Rest assured, He has marked your path ahead of time. This means, He has set us on a predestined individually, tailored journey, a destiny for each of us that we are to give ourselves fully to reach. For me, this is super helpful and comforting to know! As I get on board with Jesus, I just need to follow Him daily along the path He has already carved out for me!
In this time of our lives, friends we must contend for our faith! As we contend,we can conquer! To conquer is defined as: to overcome or overpower, or conquer a bad habit by starting some good habits. To conquer also can mean to be a victor, champion or a medalist.
Remember victory is described as someone who habitually overcomes and conquers. It doesn’t mean you are sinless or perfect but that you rely on Christ for help, forgiveness and victory. Not yourself. Overcoming means winning the battle over the lure and temptations of the world. Our goal should be to escape the grip of sinful habits and desires. To overcome the world, we need the power of Christ that is active in our lives through faith in Him. We can trust Him to help us every time we ask for help!
Ps. 91: 15 (TPT) “I will answer your cry for help every time you pray,
and you will find and feel my presence
even in your time of pressure and trouble.
I will be your glorious hero and give you a feast.”
Yes, friends! We are to be entwined in Him so much so, that we will wait quietly, patiently and bravely! And, when He comes through for us, as He always does, (in His perfect timing) we can shout for joy letting our heart explode with praise as we celebrate Him alone with our songs!
Great is His faithfulness! He will never fail us, leave us nor forsake us! Praise Him today and along the journey!
Love in Christ, the Author and Perfecter of our faith journey!