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This Week’s Quote:
“For most of this century we have wrongly defined soul wounds as psychological disorders and delegated their treatment to trained specialists.
aren’t the problem.
The problem is
disconnected souls. ”
by Larry Crabb
From ~ Connecting:
and Our Relationships
As a woman who lived out of a broken identity most of her life this quote resonated deep within my soul. My life was full of dysfunctional relationships, deep soul wounds and a broken identity. I barely ever looked in the mirror and liked the woman I found there. The tapes I rehearsed over and over again in my head were not only damaging – they were messages that were destined to self-destruct in 30 seconds or less each time I rehearsed them.
My entire life was built and shaped around “just keepin’ the monster down” as Beth Moore often puts it. Hiding who I believed I really was, the vile and awful creature who was capable of the worst, most heinous sins in every way. Oh, I tried to be better… I really did. The change just never took.
“she’ll never change”
I was living out of a broken identity.
have learned in the last couple of months is that our men live out of just as broken and just as damaged identities. God showed me how the men in my family, including my husband were driven by a root of pride. Not the puffed up, arrogant sort of pride that demands to be noticed. No… The sort of pride I saw in that ministry session was a pride born of self-protection. What I realized was that we, the women, were so rebellious that we stripped our men of their honor. The pride they held onto was a pride that said, “I must protect my position and my authority or I will not have any honor.”
Broken people, living out of broken identities in a fallen world. A recipe for disaster. Right?
Add to this a performance and soul driven need to succeed, to be right rather than righteous and a society that says that if you make mistakes you can’t be forgiven, you just need to be fixed. What does that leave us with? A MESSED UP LIFE. A MESSED UP PHILOSOPHY OF WHAT CHANGE LOOKS LIKE. A MESSED UP MIND.
Then throw traditonal secular psychology into the mix and you begin to make excuses for bad behavior, force yourself to change on the outside when nothing really has ever changed on the inside… The cycle is perpetuated not broken. We don’t know who we are, and instead are taught to hide who we really believe we are behind a mask of diagnoses, psuedo accomplishments, cute outfits, a good name, the right house, the right car, the right husband, the right church and a medicine cabinet full of escape. A Legacy of Delusion… We hand our broken and frail lives onto the next generation.
My Question for Modern Phsychology has become: What’s the point?
Larry Crabb answers my question. He identifies the problem as an unattended wound in the human soul. For me it was a series of behaviors that manifested out of a belief system that said I was hopelessly bad and doomed to fail. Raised by an authoritative father and a jealous mother who were both living out of their own broken identities, my juevenile mind and heart received those messages about my cursed identity. It wasn’t long before I began to live out self-fulfilling prophecies of brokeness, woundedness and failure.
The truth is this: My bad behavior did not change until I realized Who my identity rests fully in. As I learned who Christ really is as well as what He really endured on my behalf something inside of me changed. I began to confess the truth of God’s Word over my life for my life rather than the lies of the enemy. I take every thought captive to Christ. I allow that truth to transform me by renewing my mind – literally changing it – until I begin to feel differently about who I am and then act out of that new identity.
In John 8 Christ tells his disciples to abide in His Word and if they abide in Hi
s Word, “You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.” (John 8:32)We were born to live free, not bound by chains and identities based on lies and a fallen existence. I don’t know about you – but that, to me, feels like redemption..
At my church home, Gateway Church
, there is a ministry devoted to helping people discover who God has created them to be and to walk fully in that calling. This ministry is called “Freedom Ministry.” Freedom Ministry is not about what you stop doing. It’s not about what you get free or healed from. Instead, Freedom Ministry is about discovering who God created you to be and allowing Him to free us to live in that identity.
The heart of Freedom Ministry is Jesus’ own life verse:
17The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him.
Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
18“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to release the oppressed,
19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” [Isaiah 61:1-2]
20Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him,
Luke 4:17-20 (New International Version)
Jesus ~ The King Who Sets Us Free!
That’s My King!
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