by Katie Barker, Tweed Coast, Australia
Severing the Roots of Brokenness
The Lord desires that we live in complete freedom and see ourselves as He sees us; not believing the lies that the enemy tries to make us believe about ourselves. Recently, the Lord gave me a vision that spoke of the desire of Jesus to sever the roots of our brokenness and pain, so we can walk in wholeness and the fullness of all He has for us.
In the vision I saw a Believer who had “tender” spots on their heart. These spots were small and couldn’t really be seen until I looked closely. They had a patch over them and the tender area seemed to be covered over and dealt with. I then saw the Lord gently pull the patch off the tender area and expose the roots that had grown under the spot.
From the surface the tender area looked small and inconsequential, but from underneath I could see the roots had wound their way deep into the person’s heart. I noticed names written on the roots such as shame, guilt and fear. I knew these roots were attacking the person’s self-worth and identity and were causing areas of brokenness and pain. As the Lord lovingly exposed the roots to the person, I saw them really look at the spot with clarity for the first time. They were shocked and surprised to see those roots attached to the tender spot and to see how extensively the roots had grown.
Healing to the Broken Places
The Lord showed me that people had situations in their lives in the past that had caused them pain and brokenness but they had not handed these situations over to the Lord for healing. They had thought they had dealt with the situation themselves and moved on but roots had grown from these areas and the person wasn’t even aware of the extent of the damage and pain they had caused. These roots had changed the way the person viewed themselves in that area of their lives.
The person was listening to the lies of the enemy and these roots were the means of attacking their true worth and identity. As the Lord cast light on these areas and exposed the roots to the person, they were able to purposefully hand these over to the Lord. He then cut the roots, healed the pain and brokenness and filled the person with His peace, love and freedom. An exchange took place – the person handed over their guilt, shame and fear and the Lord gave them freedom and peace.
This encounter with the Lord caused the person to see the enormity of His love for them. His desire had been to expose the area of pain and brokenness in order for them to receive His healing touch so they could walk in complete wholeness. There was now no area of their life holding them back. Their true identity had been restored and they now saw themselves the way the Lord saw them.
God Wants to Restore You and Make You Whole
The Lord wants to make us whole in every area of our lives. Jesus came to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8) and to restore His children to the fullness to which He created them. The Word tells us that He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (Psalm 147:3) and the Lord is near to the broken hearted and saves the crushed in spirit (Psalm 34:18).
We need to leave our worries in the hands of Jesus knowing He cares for us and wants to take those things from us. 1 Peter 5:7, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you.” Matthew 11:28, “Then Jesus said, ‘Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.'”
It is also vital to see ourselves for who we really are in Christ. We can’t believe the lies of the enemy, but need to see ourselves as Christ sees us. We need to stand on what the Word tells us:
- We are completely and wonderfully free (Galatians 5:1).
- We have the peace of God that guards our heart and mind (Philippians 4:7).
- We are no longer slaves but children of God (Galatians 4:7).
- We are intimate friends of Jesus (John 15:15).
- We are God’s poetry/masterpiece (Ephesians 2:10).
- We are complete in Him (Colossians 2:10).
- We are passionately loved by God (Romans 5:8).
- We are more than conquerors through Him who loves us (Romans 8:37).
- We have not been given a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7).
- We are co-heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).
- We are new creatures in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17).
Submit the hurt and brokenness to Jesus and accept the peace and freedom He will give you in return.
Katie Barker is the co-founder of Bring the Fire Ministries along with her husband Aaron. They live on the Tweed Coast of Australia with their four children. Bring the Fire Ministries is about bringing revival fire to the nations. It is about ministering to others through the power of the Word of God and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Katie has a heart to encourage Believers into a deeper relationship with the Lord and see them walk in the fullness of their identity and inheritance in Christ. Her desire is to see believers understand their kingdom authority and position, use the spiritual gifts they have been given and impact their areas of influence for the Kingdom of God. She also has a heart for revival and to see the Body of Christ united and awakened.
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