4 Steps That Can Bring Healing
Rachel’s parents were teenagers, and both were deaf and unemployed. When her mom was pregnant with Rachel, her dad stabbed her, hoping to kill his unborn child. A divorce soon followed, and Rachel and her mother went to live with her grandparents and two uncles. When she was five, Rachel’s uncles began to make sexual advances, beating or burning her if she resisted.
Amazingly, Rachel was allowed to take ballet lessons, and it turned out that her teacher was a Christian believer. Seeing bruises on Rachel, her teacher suspected abuse and invited Rachel to come live with her. It wasn’t long until her teacher led Rachel to faith in Jesus as her Savior, and her life began to change. But still she struggled with fear. I asked her what the steps were that eventually brought healing, and she gave me four:
She got a Bible promise book and wrote down every scripture that spoke to her.
She journaled her thoughts, feelings and favorite scriptures.
Rachel printed out scripture promises to put on her walls, refrigerator, mirrors and doors.
Every time there was a Bible study, she was there.
Sometimes Rachel would cry out, “Lord, Your Word says that you have not given us ‘the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind’ (2 Timothy 1:7 KJV). I feel like I am going insane; I need your help. I would feel I had victory, but a wave of fear would engulf me again. It was a moment-by-moment battle.” The process was long—about a year, but it was a success.
Are you fighting a battle of fear like Rachel was? Don’t give up! Rachel would tell you from experience, “There is genuine healing in Jesus.”