Since our first Young Life Club starts on Monday the 24th, I have been spending a lot of time preparing for my club messages, which teach the entire gospel message in ten clubs. All of my students need emotional healing, so I have been using John Eldredge’s way of presenting the gospel in his short book, “Epic”. Eldredge has a background in counseling, and his way of presenting the gospel is profound, and has lead many Christian to the healing they have not successfully found in their churches. So picking out key teaching points has made me think about what the successful ingredients are to emotional healing, because the gospel (correctly taught and correctly understood) should be enough.
Giving people the correct context to interpret life:
When we fully understand the true story, we understand who our enemy really is. Most importantly, we understand that we are safe and secure. Everything is going to be ok. A good God is in control. It is not up to us. We do not have to rely on our old defective strategies to feel safe, gain power, defend ourselves. We have a heavenly father even if our earthly fathers have fallen short in protecting and providing for us.
We accept the price was paid for our past failures, and we don’t have to defend or rationalize anymore. We realize that this has been done for us and receive it with faith.
God renames us. He exposes all of the horrible things we have believed about ourselves. He gently leads us to see how he sees us. We dare to believe that we have intrinsic value.
God gives us purpose. He shows us how our personal story is meant to flow into his greater story. Although he is sovereign, he has given us an irreplaceable role to play in the drama that is still unfolding. The world needs us to share his gospel and lead others to healing in a way that only we can do.
As God restores our self-image and our purpose, we start to realize that he is trustworthy. No matter what happens in this life we understand that we are perfectly safe in his care. We relinquish our addictions and turn to him instead.
For more thoughts on healing and overcoming addictions see, “Taming the Cobra of Feelings”.