The power of the cross affects you daily. It isn’t a one-time event, even though it was a one-time event with Jesus. As we walk with the Lord Jesus Christ, the cross becomes the centrality of the Christian experience. It’s what happened at the cross and the benefits that were given to us. Emotionally, or in the arena of our souls, the cross has impact on us. We have this.
In 1 Corinthians 15:31, it says this. “I die every day. I mean that, brothers, just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus, Our Lord.” In Galatians 5:24, it says, “Those who belong to Jesus Christ has crucified their sinful natures with its passions and desires.” The aspect of what we would call inner healing.
I’m going to talk about that term here in a minute, but inner healing basically means learning to crucify whatever blocks the nature of Jesus Christ being in our lives. Let’s go over some of that before we start digging into this. What would block the nature of Jesus Christ in your life? Well, let me give you one. You guys have seen me bring E.J. with me on the road.
He used to make the statement. He’d say, “Well, I get angry because I’m Irish.” He would use the scapegoat as, “Since I’m Irish, I have just justifications for being angry.” Well, that really, biblically, is the weakest, silliest excuse I’ve heard for someone’s anger in a long time.
I’m sure he won’t enjoy me saying this, but one time we were on the road, and I said, “Really, E.J.? You believe that because you’re Irish you can justify being angry. That’s like me saying, ‘Because I’m German, I have a right to go kill people.’” I said, “It doesn’t carry any weight, E.J.” I said, “You have been brought into a family. You have transformed in the kingdom of light, and so the kingdom of darkness — you can’t allow your nature and accept these systems of believing that you can’t be transformed to rule your life.
You have to realize that Jesus can transform every arena of weakness inside of you. That’s how the powerful the process, and that’s what it does in our everyday life.” Anything that blocks the nature of Jesus Christ in your life, God wants to deal with it in your life. Now we all start at what I would call a foundational level. When God first comes to us, He deals with us foundationally, on simple concepts.
Then, as we start walking with Him, He starts dealing with not only the simple concepts, but He starts dealing with why we judge, perceive and do things and starts correcting that also in our nature. Remember, God made you to have love flowing through you all the time. Anything that blocks that is against the nature of Jesus Christ. He wants you to feel love, and he wants you to express love.
Any area of your life that you cannot feel the love of God, that is something that’s blocking the nature of God in your life, and He wants you to learn how to crucify that, repent of it and let His presence come into that arena of your life. Okay? Inner healing completes our transformation by bringing to death on the cross part of the nature that does not conform to His nature.
You cannot inner heal yourself. I tried three or four times. Now what do I mean by that? You can see an area of weakness, but unless God steps into the middle of it and starts helping you work through it, you will not get through it.
I went through a whole year. I figured out what my problem was many years ago. I’m still trying to figure it out, but I got a glimpse of one thing that wasn’t close to the nature of God in my life. It was I didn’t know how to receive love, and I didn’t know how to express love. It was never in my upbringing. It was never communicated and never expressed, and so I had this big gap in me on how to do it, and God was dealing with me about being a father.
I saw what the problem was. Finally sat down. I don’t know if you guys ever do this, but I go through seasons in my life where I just sit down for a day, and I start evaluating, “What is really going on in me?” instead of playing games with myself. We have a really good way of being so busy we lie to ourselves a lot, so sometimes I just stop lying to myself. I sit down, and I go, “Now, am I really living as a person that loves God and loves people?”
Then I’ll just think about it for a while. That’s why I’ve come to realize why people don’t want to sit and think about this. That’s very depressing, cuz you realize, “I really don’t have a lot of aspects.” I was going through that. I realized my main issue was I didn’t experience it growing up, so it was an issue of understanding the love of God. I went through a whole year of trying to get myself better. I read every book on the love of God. I read a bunch of books on God being a father. I thought, “Well, if I read it I’ll experience it, right?” Nothing. I went through a whole year just totally frustrated. By the end of the year, I went, “Nothing’s changed.” Gently but lovingly, the Lord spoke to me, and He said, “Now I’ll reveal what my love is to you.” Well, why didn’t you it the whole year He was doing it?” He goes, “Because you tried to do it on your own.”