How to Survive the End Times is Connected to Healing Your Past
Christians so often seem fearful of the end-times. The dark certainly seems to be getting darker right before our eyes. Yet, we know that God wins. So why all the fear?
As you discover how to heal the past, it shows you how to go forward in the future. This is true even if the future may hold some painful events. This is key for how to survive the end times.
Let’s consider how this applies to the past and then the future.
Past Wounding Resolved
When there has been a painful event in the past, healing and freedom come by making peace with it.
We know the events of a past experience cannot be changed. What happened is what happened. So that means only our response to the event can be changed. The truth of the matter is that the pain of the event is not actually from what happened, even though we often feel that way. The pain comes from a belief resulting from the event that you are somehow flawed, dirty, abandoned, unprotected, or alone.
It is clear that God does not see us as flawed or unworthy of His love, but rather fearfully and wonderfully made. (Ps. 139:14) Further, God never leaves us or forsakes us. (Heb. 13:5) He has loved us with an everlasting (eternal) love. (Jer.31:3) This means there has never been a time you have not been loved.
As we learn to honestly look at a painful event and come to understand that “hurt people hurt people,” and that what happened to us is not about our identity in Christ, His love for us, or His presence with us, we make peace and find freedom to move forward. (I realize this can be a process, yet it is important to see an overview of how this works.)
There are two key ways this freedom occurs.
One, we move forward not just with freedom but also with understanding and empathy for the one who hurt us. We come to see the pain they were in that caused them to act that way.
Two, we move forward with new core values birthed from our pain and its resolution. For example, from the absence of fathering in my life, God has not only healed me but put it in my heart to help others in this area.
Consider how the apostle Paul worked this out.
He persecuted the church. Yet, God clearly still loved him and was present to draw him with cords of love. We know this because Paul received Jesus.
However, he still had to make peace with the horrible things he had done. Scripture clearly points out that Paul did this. 1 Cor.15:9, 10 says Paul worked all the more in God’s grace because of his past. In Gal.1:13-15 Paul says he tried to destroy the church but God, who separated him from his mother’s womb… Paul came to understand God’s love and forgiveness had washed away his guilt. That his sin didn’t not make him so flawed and dirty as to be outside the reach of God’s love.
How to Survive the End Times
Why do we fear the future? I believe we live in fear because we’re worried that God will find us not measuring up in some way and not be with us. That in His wrath he will find fault with us and judge us, then smite us down with some terrible disease or calamity for punishment.
Perfect love casts out fear. (1 John 4:18) Knowing that God always loves us, even when He corrects us, and that He never leaves us, mark the path of intimacy with God in the face of anything.
1 Jn.4:17 – Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness
in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.
Is the dark going to continue getting darker? Probably. But we can face the future in faith and not fear because even as God has shown us that we are worthy of his love in the past and He has never left us, the same is true of the future.
Pamela Oglesby says
I think this is an excellent article as it is not an easy path to overcome abuse, whether it is emotional or physical. I think one of the key phrases you used is moving forward. If you don’t work to more forward, nothing else will change in your life. I have worked with many abused women and found it so worthwhile, but that was not befoe I had taken several steps, such as forgiveness.