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Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted. He came to lift from us the weights of the pain and agony of life. He said, "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. " (Matt 11:28, KJV) Jesus encourages us to cast our cares upon Him, and to receive comfort, strength, life, and righteousness from Him.
Many have been wounded in their spirit through being rejected or being made to feel guilty. Many have been made to feel ashamed of their very being because of their race, sex, physical size or other uncontrollable characteristics. Many have been put down and mocked because of learning disabilities, speech defects, financial status, family situations, etc. Jesus can heal these hurts as He removes the old and brings in the truth of His love, acceptance, and purposes.
Many are fearful of things in life. They are afraid of being abandoned, or of being rejected, or of not having enough to handle the cares of this life, or of not being able to meet the expectations of others. Some are even afraid of having to face a new day. Still others are paralyzed in some areas of their lives because of having undergone tragic or deeply emotional experiences. Experiences such as sexual abuse, broken relationships through divorce or untimely death, loss of jobs or stature, or ridicule and put-downs of parents or close friends can render us incapable of performing well in some areas. We have found several cases in which alcoholics were drinking to escape memories of the trauma of the Vietnam War. Their experiences with death, or the unresolved guilt they carried for killing others, or the shame our country has put upon them for being involved in an "unjust war" was too much for them to cope with. They saw alcohol as a drug that would relieve them of the pain and trauma.
Living in fear, being driven by fears, can be debilitating--but Jesus, through the presence of His Spirit, can bring healing and freedom to fearful people. He can make the reality of His presence with us so real and practical that we can confidently know that we know that we can handle the affairs of life. He can minister His wisdom and love to us in such a way that we begin to see life from His perspective, and to live by the truth of His being identified with us in each situation of our life.
The healing presence of the Comforter, The Holy Spirit, whom Jesus sends to us, can heal the wounds we have suffered deep in our spirit. The life of the Holy Spirit can lift the hurt, pain, and trauma from our spirit and resurrect our wounded, or slumbering, or fearful spirit. Jesus came to bring life to our spirit. Through prayer and the ministry of the Holy Spirit, these inner wounds can be revealed, exposed, brought to Christ, and healed by His Word and/or His presence.
As we pray for one another, using the admonition of James 5:16, 1 Peter 5:7, and Matthew 11:29, we bring our cares, hurts, and anxieties to Christ and let His Spirit minister His love, comfort, and peace to our inner being. These strongholds of fear, anxiety, loneliness, hopelessness, etc. can be broken down as the reality of Godís Word and presence are manifested by the Holy Spirit.
Specific prayer for healing is not the only way the inner wounds can be healed. Often healing can and does occur through the preaching of Godís Word, through times of meditation on Godís Word, or even in times of worship or focus on the majesty of God.
As we pray for others, seeking the leading of the Holy Spirit to guide us through the Word, we will often receive visions and mental pictures that the Lord will use to bring healing to people. Sometimes people will see Jesus extending His hand to them, or they might receive an impression in their mind of Jesus reminding them, "I was there." These images can be helpful in portraying visually a message the Spirit wants to impart to the one for whom we are praying. However, we donít need to have received a mental picture in order for the person to be healed, nor should we attempt to create a picture with our own imagination. The mental picture does not bring healing. Healing comes through the Holy Spirit, Who might bring revelation through the picture or through an impression or through a particular Bible passage.
Seeing Jesus performing or reminding us of one of the truths of Scripture, such as His loving the children, taking our sins on Himself, comforting the outcasts, etc., can be an effective way for the Holy Spirit to encourage us to "think on these things." (Phil 4:10) Our imaginations are just another tool the Holy Spirit can use, as He uses our hands, our minds, our tongues to bless and to minister healing to others.
Some of the verses and principles that can be helpful in ministering life and healing to people include the following:
People who are depressed because of worry can be relieved through a good word received from the Holy Spirit.
Some who have been disappointed through broken relationships or broken promises, can be rejuvenated through the Holy Spirit speaking a word of hope to them.
Some might have physical problems in their bones because of envy, or covetousness. The Holy Spirit can reveal this and bring the grace to forgive, repent, and to place our trust in Jesus.
People who are depressed, or sorrowful, can be uplifted through a word spoken by the Spirit of God.
The sin of drunkenness can have devastating effects on a person and his or her family. But the Holy Spirit can bring conviction, repentance, forgiveness, healing and complete freedom to the person and the family members.
Many have been raised in homes in which the father was non-functional or absent. The Holy Spirit will bring Godís comfort, help, and power to them, as they learn to trust God and to forgive.
Some who have felt abandoned or who have felt alone can experience the love of God as the Holy Spirit reminds them that God will speak to them. As they learn to keep focused on Him, they can become stable and find joy in the Lord.
Those who have been broken through the loss of a loved one or by other devastations of life can receive life as the Holy Spirit imparts the reality of Godís love and everlasting presence to them.
People can have deep fears and be living in trauma because of near-death experiences. Times of extreme horror or loss can have devastating effects on our inner being. Some have even been institutionalized because of these events. BUT GOD through the ministry of the Holy Spirit and through His Word can bring peace, life, and restoration to these people as they learn to hear His voice, to trust in Him, and to let the Holy Spirit minister to them.
People can have deep pain within because of unconfessed sin, or other guilt that has come upon them. The Holy Spirit can reveal these pockets of pain, unconfessed sin, etc. and bring healing and restoration to those who are living in such circumstances.
Godís Word, spoken through His Spirit, can bring healing and deliverance to those needing to be freed from fears, addictions, and the like.
Some have been victimized by ill-spoken words of parents, authority figures, peers, or spouses. The Holy Spirit can bring Godís Word of comfort and truth to replace the words of perversion. Healing, forgiveness, and life are the results of Godís Word. He is able to overcome the words of men or of Satan.
Some are unable to handle the affairs or problems of life because of the sorrows they have experienced. The Holy Spirit can heal their hurts and bring them into restoration and functioning as a child of God.
Some feel estranged from God, or are unable to hear from Him, because of bitterness or resentment they still carry toward their parents. The Holy Spirit will reveal these things, enable them to forgive, and bring healing to the person. When applicable, He will enable them to bring restoration to the relationship as well.
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Ken was plagued by periodic bouts of depression. As a child he had felt unwanted and had withdrawn into himself. Now as an adult, Ken would find himself withdrawing in difficult situations. Through prayer, Jesus showed Ken His love and His presence with him as a child. Ken was able to release his fears and anxieties, and the truth of Christís presence and love filled this area of Kenís heart with peace and joy.
Ruth always felt overburdened by the needs of her children. She couldnít cope with them. When Ruth was a child, her father had died, and her mother had to raise Ruth and two other children herself. Ruthís reaction was to want to help her mother, even carrying the responsibility for being the "strong one" in the family. Underneath this "strong person" image Ruth was trying to project was a hurting and angry little girl. This hurt and anger was now coming forth in her present situation.
Through prayer, Jesus was able to show Ruth He had cared for her as a child. She was able to bring to Him the fears and concerns she had felt as a little girl, and He was able to give her His strength and wisdom in the situation. Ruthís heart has now been healed in this area.
Dianne always felt, "No one notices me. No one cares." As a little girl, Dianne felt she was always in the way. She felt unwanted as far back as she could remember and responded by withdrawing--by pretending she wasnít there. Through prayer, Jesus showed her He had created her for a purpose--He wanted her. Dianne was able to release her negative feelings about life and herself to Him and to receive His truth into that area of her heart.
Jim handled the pressures of life by striving, and would usually become angry and irritable when problems arose. He was the second oldest of four children. During Jimís childhood, his father had traveled constantly, and Jim had taken charge of "helping Mom with the kids." Fearful of letting Dad and Mom down, within his heart he hated having to take this responsibility. He wanted to be like other kids--to play and to be a little boy. He would always strive to be the leader when playing with his brother and sister, as he felt personally responsible for their welfare. When his father died, Jim became the father figure and his feelings of responsibility intensified.
Through prayer, Jim was able to release the anxieties, fears, and other negative reactions he experienced when faced with responsibilities. He was able to receive the truth that God, as a loving Father, wanted to help him with his problems. He released his fears of problems, knowing now that God is able to help him. Jim released to Jesus his fears of letting his father down, and Jesus reminded him of His promise, "I will never leave you or forsake you." As a result, Jim can now face his problems with the peace that Jesus is with him to help. He can also let others handle their own problems. He is no longer the "family patriarch."
One of the negative attitudes God has lifted from me was that of being a burden. I was born after the depression, and my parents were experiencing tight financial times. My reaction was to be fearful of financial needs within the family. My feeling was, "I donít want to let my needs be known because Iím afraid of being a burden." Underneath this attitude was anger--and a desire to be rich so I wouldnít be plagued by this fear. Much anger was deep within. Jesus, through prayer, revealed His truth to me. He revealed Godís promise to Abraham: "I will bless them that bless you." Today I can, by Godís grace, accept help from others, even letting them know of my needs. I can also freely give to others, knowing God will bless me as I bless others.
Dolores was always fearful of being criticized. She would inwardly cringe when told she had done something wrong. As a child, she felt she was always being put down by her father. She yearned for his affirmation of her but always felt unable to please him. In prayer, Jesus showed Dolores His love for her. He taught her to seek affirmation from Him and led her to bring to Him the emptiness, the fear of criticism, the insecurity, and the resentment of her father. As she released these attitudes and feelings to Him, Jesus filled her with His peace and security.
Dave couldnít relax when away from work; he was unable to "leave work." He was the youngest of four children and had developed an attitude that four children were too many--that the family didnít really need him. His reaction was to prove himself by being the best worker in the bunch of four children. His identity and sense of belonging became wrapped up in his ability to work. He couldnít rest in Godís love. Through prayer, Jesus showed him He loved all four children. He showed Dave that he was loved for just being Dave, not for the amount of work he did. Dave was able to release his fears and insecurities as well as his pride in his own performance. Jesus thus was able to minister His love, peace, and acceptance to Daveís heart.
This process of inner healing may occur in one prayer session or over a longer period of time, as indicated by the two remaining detailed testimonies.
I praise the Lord for the miracles of healing that are taking place in my life!
I have been in bondage to many things. Self-centeredness, hate, people-pleasing, sloth, and self-pity name a few. These were manifested in poor relationships with men and with my father, and especially in my compulsive overeating.
A year ago, I was experiencing deep depression and despair. I knew that only God could change my life. My prayer life opened up and my faith deepened, but the self-pity and guilt intensified. My overeating also intensified and I was confused. I was ready to admit my sins, but I wasnít accepting forgiveness. My sinfulness overwhelmed me, but the harder I tried to do the right things, the worse things got.
Through prayer with Rich & Kay, I became aware that I was trying to earn my forgiveness and love and that Iíd have to get off that treadmill and let Jesus do the saving. I am a sinner, but Jesus lived and died for sinners. Even though He hates my sin, He never loves me any less.
Through prayer, I was shown how mental breakdowns in my great grandmother and my grandfather, and erratic behaviors in my father, had me convinced in my spirit that I was next. I felt that no matter what I would do, I was doomed to be unstable. I was shown my deep resentments for my father and grandparents for their imperfections.
The Lord is so faithful! He is healing my relationship with my father. As a rebellious daughter, I feared talking with my Dad and could not have imagined spending time alone with him. Our relationship at this point isnít perfect, but Iíve taken a drive with him and talked from the heart. Heís even phoned me a few times and things are becoming less and less awkward between us. Thank You, Jesus!
I had been hanging onto a relationship with a man for eight years that was going nowhere. Though our relationship was not sexual, we enjoyed some intimacies reserved for marriage, without any commitment. Jesus (The Holy Spirit) gave me the faith and grace to stop the relationship, and now my friend is engaged to another girl. The biggest miracle is that I am truly thrilled for him. Our friendship survived and there is no jealousy or resentment.
The Lord has led me to a church where praise and acknowledgement of His Lordship are the priority. This a special blessing, as in the past year, I have "shopped" for a new church home in at least ten congregations.
So many people in my life are inquiring about my faith. I often find myself in a conversation with someone about the Lord in the least likely places. My sister and my Mother appear to be drawing closer to the Lord, as does my Dad. Friends are acknowledging Him.
A year ago, I was positive that I should quit my teaching job because an "insane person" like me wasnít safe around children. Not only are things at work going better today, but also Iím considering being a "big sister" to a young girl in the community.
I have lived most of my life overweight, believing that if only I were slim, my life would be perfect. The Lord is showing me my worth and circumstances are not contingent upon numbers on a scale. Jesus loves me in whatever package Iím in. I am believing and looking forward to healing of my overeating behavior. My desire is to give up that sin. I am at least willing to be made willing. And even though the Lord and I hate the overeating, today neither He nor I hate the overeater.
Few days are perfect, but I am grateful for the changes in my attitudes. I know itís not my doing--I tried for too long. To God alone be the glory! I praise and thank Him for this ministry. Barb
I want to share what Jesus has been doing in my life lately. Jesus came to set me free from Satanís bondages due to my sinful ways.
First, Jesus taught me how deep and how wide His love is for me. He loves me no matter how good or how sinful I have been. Praise Jesus.
Jesus set me free from all the hurts I received when I was in a severe car accident, and from the bitterness I felt toward the man who hit us. I was very angry with that man for many years, blaming him and God for the way our life had changed because of that accident. Praise Jesus He forgives us as we confess our sins and he teaches us He was with us all the time.
Another time I really turned against God was when my third son died of crib death. I couldnít forgive God for taking him from me. I was so empty inside until I found Jesus. I kept the bitterness, the loneliness, and the hurts inside until I was introduced to Jesus, Who loves me and wants me to be free. Praise Jesus.
Another thing Jesus healed me from was the fears I had for my husbandís life. He got epilepsy after that accident. I felt I had to handle all our problems by myself. I felt bitter toward him because he didnít know what those seizures were like; he was always asleep when they came. Praise Jesus I donít have to be responsible for my husbandís life. He is in Jesusí hands.
I have been set free from believing in superstitions. I always believed anything with threes in them was bad. Any time something happened I would look for threes. This idea came from my Dad, who kept track of all bad threes that happened in our family. I didnít know it was a detestable practice against God until I read Deuteronomy 18:9-13.
My greatest fear was that Satan had me in bondage and was never going to set me free. I used to give in to Satan when things happened, and I would blame God for them. Praise Jesus, His power is stronger than Satanís. He can break all bondage if we will ask Him to and turn our will over to Him. In Romans 8:38 we read that nothing can separate us from the love of God. Shirley
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1. Meditate on the Bible passages cited earlier in this booklet.
2. Seek the revelation of the Holy Spirit for a particular area of ministry--fear, rejection, bitterness, anxiety, etc.
3. Let the Holy Spirit help you to recall a particular event in your life when this particular feeling or characteristic was present.
4. Let the Holy Spirit bring you the truth of this situation. Your memory might recall only the negative part of this event. The Holy Spirit will also remind you of the presence and comfort of God available to you in the situation.
5. Release to Jesus any pain, bitterness, or other negative things you took into your spirit, remembering His call to "cast all your cares on Him."
6. Receive His life, His Word, or His thought or image He might convey to you. (We are not changing what happened, but we are letting the reality of Christís presence affect our reaction to what happened.)
7. Reflect on what Jesus is bringing you. Receive His Word for you into all of your being.
8. Thank God that He knows your need and that He is able to bring you the truth of His love in your time of need.
9. Look for ways in which you can share with others in similar circumstances the comfort and revelation God has given you. As you do this you will realize that God is able to heal you of the wounds Satan has attempted to use for your destruction, and that He will bless others through your experience and through the healing He has brought to you.
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About Cyrus Ministries International
Rich and Kay Fick are the directors of Cyrus Ministries International. God has anointed and called them to this ministry. Rich, an ex-alcoholic, has personally experienced Godís love, forgiveness, power, healing and restoration. Their ministry involves helping others come out of their spiritual, emotional, mental and physical bondages into the fullness of the Holy Spirit, enabling them to know and live in Godís plan and purposes for them. They minister to individuals, equip churches for ministry, and disciple others in breaking down spiritual bondages over individuals, families, generations, communities and nations. Their calling and vision is to see Godís people living in the spiritual presence and reality of Godís heavenly kingdom as Jesus manifests His life into them and through them on earth.
The ministry has taken them to churches and groups locally and to many locations in the USA, as well as other nations. (Canada, Mexico, Ecuador, Romania, India, Israel, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, South Africa, and Bolivia). As they travel, Rich and Kay minister healing, train leaders, and teach and disciple, as well as establishing ongoing networking relationships. Cyrus Ministries provides oversight to ministries and churches in other nations, helping them to come into their calling and destiny. Leaders from other nations are invited to come and spend time at the Big Rock location for training and impartation.
The Big Rock Ministry Center offers a meeting place for both small and large groups.Ü There are regular times of prayer, worship, teaching, impartation of the gifts of the Spirit, and fellowship.Ü
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