These weekly posts show the Triad teachings. Starting at week 1 and progressing through the weeks will help you see the logic of the series.
Last week we looked at the meaning of “Inner” in the concept of “Inner Healing”, this week we will define “Healing”.
When it comes to physical healing most of us have a pretty good idea of what’s involved. It is helpful to use our understanding of physical healing to approach the use of the term “healing” in the inner realm. First, note that most of us believe that physical healing is a good thing. It is good to bring healing to the body; whether through medicine or through prayer. Secondly, most of us are willing to use both comfort measures and painful measures to bring about physical healing. Thus, for example, even if surgery or immunizations are painful they are worth it. They result in health and better function and life. Thirdly, note that physical healing can be slow and natural or fast and supernatural. All of these concepts apply to inner healing. First, it is a good thing. Even though suffering works for good and is in fact one of God’s methods of maturation and purification we believe that (eventually) He wants to bring deliverance and healing. Secondly, we believe that inner healing may involve comfort and may involve pain. Confrontation, conviction and repentance for example may bring relief to a person’s inner struggle and pain. Lastly, it needs to be realized that inner healing can be “natural” (counseling, listening, spiritual direction for example) or supernatural. An inner healing ministry must go beyond the natural and use all the giftings and ministries available to the church. This will include inner healing prayer, deliverance and supernatural discernment. It is important to realize though that inner healing is envisioned here as a long process that includes all the natural and supernatural tools that are commonly seen. Thus a person who wants to be involved in receiving or ministering “inner healing” must be prepared to dig in for a long process and not expect an easy or fast solution.
Now at this point someone might say that “ inner healing” is just another term for sanctification or perfection. There is a lot of truth to this; inner healing does have as its goal wholeness and spiritual health. The person who is “healed” is a mature, focused, dedicated and fruitful Christian. That is the goal. The reason for identifying inner healing as a separate subject is two fold: First, most of the tools commonly used to bring about sanctification revolve around the will and the mind. Repentance and transforming of the mind, for example, are the normal ways to advance in the abiding life. “Healing” becomes an important separate focus because it centers on the parts of us that are below our normal control and that require operations beyond the will. This will include coming to awareness about forces in us that we do not normally feel or think about . Coming to self awareness may occur through human agency, for example, counseling , or directed introspection. It may, however, occur through supernatural revelation. Secondly, inner healing will include the experiencing of prayer states that are non-verbal, deep and very comforting. When God reveals to us that He understands us and when we feel His love we experience a healing that advances our ability to resist sin and grow in grace.
To summarize, and to use concepts we are familiar with: inner healing will draw from all the spiritual tools and experiences we know about; from Bible study to monastic wisdom. With this base then, let’s begin our study of inner healing with a look at the concept of a spiritual stronghold.