In our journey for healing and wholeness, we sometimes encounter “roadblocks” or “barriers”. Prayer sessions seem to have minimal impact. In this teaching video, I discuss 32 such barriers that I have encountered in leading prayer sessions over the years. Maybe some apply to you?
Women who experience abuse from men sometimes find it hard to trust men in general. Are there any “safe” men of deep integrity? Linda had such an abusive past and needed healing. In a prayer session, Christ’s Presence brought deep and lasting healing for Linda in about five minutes. There is no substitute for the transforming Presence of Jesus!
How vulnerable are you to deception? How do you know that your spiritual experience, or another person’s, truly was from God? Deception can be painful and costly. Jesus expects us to grow in discernment as part of discipleship. There are at least ten principles of spiritual discernment which when applied with God’s grace and empowering can shield you from deception.
Everyone needs compassion, especially when faced with pain, suffering, grief and so much more. We can experience compassion from those around us – family, friends, our faith community. The deepest, most profound compassion is experienced from Jesus (typically through other people) who fully identifies with our unique situation. Can you imagine Jesus feeling all your pain, weeping with you? This is closer to the heart of the kingdom of God than you might realize.
People of faith are not immune from depression. Many Christians struggling with depression find it difficult to reconcile this with their faith in Jesus. Some responses from faith communities add to the pain of depression instead of offering empathy and support. Although written long ago, the book of Job provides a deeper understanding for the issues of heart and soul for people of faith coping with depression.