Do you have problems with suspicion, jealousy, betrayal, and defensiveness? Have you let people down by not keeping your promises or has someone not honored their commitment to you? If yes, you need healing for past and present trust and faithfulness issues. In fact, the negative issues listed below create offenses in your heart, that impair your ability to be faithful and love others well.
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Ask God to remove the spirit of pride and any deceptive spirits that would keep you from humbling yourself and hearing from Him. Confess and seek God’s forgiveness of known sins so your prayers are not blocked. All your prayers should include “In Jesus’ name” because John 14:14 says, “If you ask anything in my name, I will do it.”
For each negative behavior described below, ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the following things: (Write in your journal what He shows you. Be patient, you may have to wait until a picture comes to your mind.)
- Related painful memory
- past or present
- your sin or another person’s unloving behavior
- Unhealthy beliefs.
- Word curses or vows.
- Your sinful reactions to the painful event that may have hurt or offended someone.
- Family history.
- Related painful memory
Recall the earliest or strongest memory of a time when you felt the same emotion(s) for each of the negative behaviors in the fruit focuses. It may be a memory of a general time period (i.e. birth, toddler, elementary, teens, etc.) or situation (i.e. death, sickness, divorce, etc.) in your life instead of one specific incident or actual event. Identify what is important about the time period or ongoing situation. List all the beliefs and any new feelings associated with that memory.
If you are angry at God for what happened, confess it and ask Him to take your angry emotions and resentment from you. I was mad at God and He still loved me, and He still loves you.
Distrust: doubt; suspicion; to have no trust, faith, or confidence in God or others.
Betrayal: failure to meet the hopes of; to deceive; lead astray; victimize a friend, coworker, or loved one.
Defensiveness: guarding against attack; arguing to justify or vindicate for self-protection.
Dread: to fear greatly; be in extreme apprehension of something or someone.
Suspiciousness: believing something is wrong or harmful with little or no supporting evidence; suspecting; paranoid.
Deceit: lying; presenting as true what is false; tricking.
Defiance: resistance to authority or opposition; to challenge.
Put off unhealthy beliefs and lies God showed you, then bind in a healthy or true belief. For example, if the unhealthy belief is, “I cannot trust,” or “No one can be trusted,” bind on a truth such as, “I can trust God and leave others in His hands.”
Pray the example prayer below for each issue the Holy Spirit reveals. As you pray, breathe deeply to release emotional stress and remain focused on the Holy Spirit’s leading. This prayer is not a formula but a guide. Fill in the blanks with the specific facts the Holy Spirit shows you. Writing out this prayer model helps you focus on the Holy Spirit’s presence, which will reveal other false/unhealthy beliefs or memories for the issue being healed.
If the issue you are dealing with is an offense from another person’s sin or weakness then pray from your heart: Dear Lord, I forgive _(person’s name)_ for _(offense)_. I release the resentment and the power it has over me, in Jesus’ name. Forgive me. Lord, for _(sinful response to issue)_ and remove my guilt, in Jesus’ name.
Lord, thank You for helping me by Your grace and power to overcome the negative heart issue of ___. Please remove all oppressive spirits and negative emotions attached to the memory of ____, in Jesus’ name. By Your power and authority, I put off every related wrong thinking and unhealthy belief(s) of ____, in Jesus’ name. I bind to my mind, heart, and soul the following truths (see below for examples):____.
Lord, I am thankful for how You _(protected, rescued, helped, provided for, guided, or comforted)_ me in this painful time in my life. (Take a moment and see God comforting and loving you in your memory.)
Lord, remove all the generational sins, curses, or dysfunctions related to the issue of ___. Break exposed soul ties, word curses, and vows of ___. Destroy all evil spirit attachments to _(negative issue)_, in Jesus’ name. Thank You for healing my soul and prospering me (3John 2). Amen
After you have prayed the prayer model, think about the issue again, and rate your discomfort from 0 to 10. If there isn’t an improvement, then ask the Holy Spirit to show you other facets of the issue that also needs healing. Wait for a word, thought, feeling, or vision. List all the beliefs and any additional feelings associated with that memory.
Pray and bind/put on all the following attributes and truths to your mind and heart: TRUST AND FAITHFULNESS IS…
Trust: I believe in someone’s honesty, integrity, justice, etc., and can have confidence and rely on people (especially God).
Honest: I will be truthful and trustworthy, not lie, cheat, or steal.
Loyal: I will be faithful to my spouse, friends, church, government, cause, duty, and so on.
Reliable: I can be trusted. I am responsible, dependable, and faithful.
Faithful: I am worthy of trust; dependable.
Submissive: I can yield to God’s commands, control, and divine power.
TRUTH AND TRANSFORMATION STATEMENTS
It is safe to trust God and do what is good, and He will direct me (Ps. 37:3-5).
I can trust God’s faithfulness to be a shield around me as I put my trust in Him, and I will not be afraid. (Ps. 91:4; 56:4,11).
Trust believes God will do what is good, and I don’t need to be troubled, for He is my salvation (John 14:1, Isa. 25:9).
I can be trusted and faithful with what God has given me (Lk. 16:10).
I can trust and believe my life has a purpose and God has a plan for my life, which gives me hope (Jer. 29:11-14).
As I trust in God, He is my refuge, and His unfailing love and favor surround me (Ps. 32:10; 7:1; 5:12).
When I trust and believe in Jesus, I will not be disappointed. (Rom. 9:33; 1Peter 2:6b).
I will not put my hope in riches or people but in God, who richly supplies me with all things to enjoy (1Tim. 6:17; Phil 4:19).
I am blessed when I trust and hope in the Lord and make him my confidence (Jer. 17:7).
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