So, you’ve committed yourself to Christ and begun the healing process. You feel more at peace with yourself, and the world than ever before. Your past pain, anxiety and insecurities fall away and you begin moving on in your life.
The only thing is, you begin to feel those previous negative thoughts, feelings and emotions start to creep their way back into your headspace.
“What do you do?”
“Why is this happening to you when God has already healed you?”
“Is there something wrong with you? Are you unfixable?”
If any of this rings true then please keep reading, you’re certainly not alone and I may be able to offer some insight into what’s causing these thoughts and feelings to resurface.
Below, I have compiled my top 3 reasons why we may begin to regress in our healing process which I really think can shed some light on the subject. I, myself have certainly experienced some regressions on my journey with Christ and I know it can be very worrying and confusing at the time.
These are my observations regarding the choices which have helped and/or hindered my healing which may help, or be hindering yours too.
It’s important to remember that like all significant relationships in our life our relationship with God requires our time, commitment, and communication to maintain. Regular prayer and thanksgiving are so important to keep our faith strong.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Could you imagine having a conversation with your partner, family member or friend only a few times a year, or even on a regular basis where the majority of the time all he/she wants from you is for you to come in and fix all their problems?
Sometimes without even thanking you after and now you won’t hear from them again until the next time they need your help.
How would you feel? Is that a loving, respectful and healthy relationship for either party?
Have a think about the relationship you have with God when you begin to feel insecure and consider dedicating more time, prayer and thanksgiving to him. I know this has certainly helped to restore my peace in the past when I have been inconsistent with my time spent with God.
Have you felt cracks in your faith begin to form? Are you more open to thoughts of doubt about God? Does your faith feel less than it did before? Are you less interested in your bible or praying at the moment?
The easiest time for the devil to attack you is when you are not armed with the full armour of God.
1 Peter 5:8; “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.”
This is a constant truth. The devil will look for any opportunity to sway and manipulate you away from God. People in pain are far easier to control as your eyes are off the ball!
Arm yourself as it is written in Ephesians 6:10-18;
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”
Who are you surrounding yourself with? Fellowship is so important for maintaining a strong faith.
Motivational speaker Jim Rohn famously said “You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”
Ask yourself, who are you the average of?
Who, or what is influencing you right now?
Remember: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
“Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
I really hope this post was useful for you and that it help’s to give you practical ideas for a strong faith and relationship with God so that we can all withstand the attacks of the roaring lion.
Please comment below any insight you have on this subject as I certainly don’t know it all and I’d love to know what you think.