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The Rev. Peter Ostrander

Guest Speaker Feb 17/13

Text of his talk on Inner Healing


You are welcome to print and use for personal or group study

The following notes are from different sources

 I.             Need for Inner Healing

a.     Harmful Experiences(Abuse, attack, abandonment, loss)

                                                               i.      Feelingsà Thoughts, Beliefs, Lies

                                                             ii.      Expectations, attitudes, vows, defenses (hard hearts)

                                                            iii.      Stored ! Buried!

                                                          iv.      Memories can wound, cripple, and bind people, keeping them from enjoying the abundant life which God desires for them. 

                                                            v.      Forgiveness is one key to freedom.

b.     Old/new, Inside/out?   

                                                               i.      2Cor 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18 Rom6:4…We were buried with him through baptism in order that we may live a new life. Eph 4:2 put off your old self…and put on the new self…

                                                             ii.      The innermost part of the temple in Jerusalem was most holy; but what was going on in the outer courts? God indwells us, but our thinking, emotions, and wills are damaged and sinful, and our bodies far from perfect.  But, God is working from inside out to transform us.

c.     Scriptures attest to our need for inner healing:

                                                               i.      In bitterness of soul, Hanna wept much, prayed to the Lord, asking for a son and vowing to give him to the Lord.

                                                             ii.      Job spoke out in anguish of his spirit, complaining in bitterness of soul. Naomi renamed herself Marah, bitter.

                                                            iii.      The Psalmist asked why he was so downcast and disturbed…

                                                          iv.      Others were brokenhearted and crushed in spirit…despairing, or filled with anger…like Esau, David, Jonah…

                                                            v.      In Rom 7:15, 23-24 Paul said: “I cannot understand my own behavior. I fail to carry out the things I want to do, and I find myself doing the very things I hate…my body follows a different law that battles against the law which my reason dictates. Who will rescue me from this body doomed to death?”

                                                          vi.      Over 700 scriptures mention conditions of the human heart…anxious, deluded, distressed, feeble, grieved, happy, hardened, heavy, obstinate, sincere, stubborn, trembling, uncircumcised, unforgiving, and wicked.

                                                         vii.      We may also note the terrible toll which angelic and human sin has produced, through the generations. 

d.     Scriptures point to God’s work of Inner Healing through Christ.

                                                              i.      ISA 61:1 The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me, because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, 2 to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, :3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion--to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise  instead of a spirit of despair

                                                             ii.      Isaiah 53:4, "Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted." The finished work of Christ provides forgiveness, freedom, new life, and transformation.

                                                          iii.      Psalms 147:3, He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

                                                         iv.      MT 11:28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

                                                            v.      Rom12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind

                                                          vi.      Titus 3:3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.

                                                         vii.      Psa23:3 He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness.

                                                       viii.      Psa 94:19 When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.

e.     Francis Macnutt: Jesus can take the memories of our past and heal them from the wounds that still remain and affect our present lives. We can ask Jesus Christ to walk back to the time we were hurt and free us from the effects of that wound in the present. 

II.                  God has given me many opportunities to receive inner healing

a.     I was born in 1943 prematurely (3lbs, 4oz) as a twin, but my brother died. My dad went into basic training when I was 3 months old, and landed in England, then fought as a private marksman until frostbite and pneumonia almost got him.   Later, he was often quiet and would withdraw when angry.

b.     I was named after Peter Pan, with sister Wendy, but sometimes felt like one of the lost boys.  I did well academically but disliked sports. I was drawn to physics; but there was the gift of C.S. Lewis’ science fiction and participation in Church, plus a later call to ministry.

c.     At Trinity seminary, I took a one week course on inner healing with Rita Bennett.  On the 4th day, as we prayed through the months from conception to birth, I broke down, then dreamed about Jesus taking my twin.  I later did a service for him and dealt with survivor guilt.

d.     At a MacNutt workshop, I experienced the wonderful love of the Father as a group member prayed. During soaking prayer in Boise (OSL) I felt like a little child in God’s arms.

e.     Earlier, the Chattanooga OSL gang set me free from spirits of religion and resentment. I have received the attention, affection, and affirmation I had missed.  God is like the Father in Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son.  I ran away, but He caught me.

f.        Anna Marie Sheffield did a workshop in region 2 about Theophostic prayer.   I remembered a recent incident which bothered me, then went back to an earlier very difficult event.  Within minutes I remembered the lie of the enemy, “You will always be alone,” which Jesus soon reversed.   (I imagined rejection also)

III.                Foundation of Inner Healing

a.     Physics includes space-time diagrams with nothing traveling faster than light, but the universe is his creation, so God has no difficulty in being with each of us from conception to glory.

b.     His prior choice to create people who could obey or disobey, did result in much suffering, but redemption and transformation are also occurring to his glory.

c.     I have prayed for one lady for about 7 years. She was ritually abused, almost destroyed, with personality fragments, but she is well along, as Jesus walks with her through the war zone and as she receives ministry from her psychologist.  Now others come to her during the hospital night shift where she works..

d.     Our need for inner healing may be signaled by early embarrassment, unreasonable fears, recurring memories of past hurts, people we can’t forgive, much anger, constant need for affection, always feeling rejected and difficulty receiving/giving love.

e.     ‘Will we let past hurts control us and keep us self-centered, or ask Jesus what he wants to heal, and turn them over to the Spirit.

f.        Think about what God did with Joseph in the Genesis account.

IV.              Actual inner healing model

a.   Three ways to begin:

                                                               i.      Ask the person if there is a recent or older troubling event or experience for which they would like prayer.   WAIT

                                                             ii.      Ask the Holy Spirit to bring to the person’s awareness a memory that needs to be prayed for whether recent or long ago.  WAIT

                                                            iii.      Begin with a question such as: “What situations have been bothering you lately?  Did you accept and love yourself when you were a child?

b.      Encourage the person to describe the event clearly with details. Ask how the person felt or reacted, then WAIT and pray.  Were there earlier experiences which felt the same?

c.     Invite Jesus, who transcends space and time to make his presence, love, peace and truth known to the person as that memory is re-lived.  Pray and WAIT.

d.     Ask:

                                                               i.      Was Jesus with the person? Did he say or do something?

                                                             ii.      Is there someone, including themselves or God, whom they need to forgive?

                                                            iii.      Was there an old lie which they had believed?  Should they ask the Lord to reveal the truth to them?   Pray and wait.

                                                          iv.      Is there an old vow which needs to be renounced? Ask God to set them free from it.

                                                            v.      Invite them to place these things in Jesus’ hands. (1 Pet 5:7)

e.     Encourage and Bless the Person Invite them to return.  Observe confidentiality.

V.                Other notes:

a.     Their image of God may be false

b.     Jesus dealt with the sins committed against us as he died on the cross.

c.     Use sword of the Spirit to break ungodly ties