Soulish Afflictions

It’s not just sin or lack of faith that blocks healing, but there are many afflictions of the soul that interfere, including:

Erroneous beliefs about God’s nature and Biblical principles.

Negative attitudes about oneself, often resulting from a dysfunctional childhood or traumatic life experiences

(e.g. I’m no good, I’ll never amount to anything, I deserve to be punished)

Some of these attitudes are hidden deep in our subconscious minds but cause us to act and react in negative ways.

Negative emotions that grab hold of us in spite of our efforts to hold them at bay (e.g. fear, anger, condemnation, unforgiveness)

These are often hidden away deep within us, but not in our subconscious – these are afflictions of the heart (Biblically, the heart represents the core of our being, not just emotions)

For example, forgiving someone mentally is not enough if it doesn’t come from our heart. Similarly, mental repentance is also insufficient if it doesn’t produce Godly sorrow in our heart

For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death. (2Corinthians 7:10)

Self-reliance which causes us to use our own worldly survival skills instead of relying on God and His Word

We often learn these survival skills in childhood or through difficult times and they seem to work to some degree in a worldly way, but they do not heal us of the underlying problem

For example, avoiding the things that make us nervous or afraid, which can make us miss out on what God has for us through faith-building experiences of God’s love and power

Poor patterns of behavior which cause us to experience the same failures in life over and over again

Sometimes, we change our life circumstances only to see the same pattern emerge again (this is especially true for those who are afflicted by victimization – see the Victimization study on the Soulful Healing submenu)

Bad or Unproductive Habits that we don’t give a second thought to, but which undermine our success

These are also imprinted in our subconscious minds and need to be reprogrammed (which we will cover in the following sections)

For example, certain situations will trigger an automatic response of fear, anger, condemnation, etc.

So it’s not just physical healing we’re addressing, but deliverance from oppression as well

The Bible doesn’t restrict the term ‘deliverance’ to just casting out demons – in fact, it never uses this term to directly refer to getting rid of demons

The Lord delivers us from all sorts of problems and situations, especially those perpetrated by the devil

Your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1Peter 5:8)

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I [Jesus] have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (John 10:10)

In Hebrew, the word for ‘deliver’ (H5337) means to snatch away, escape, pluck, preserve, recover, rescue, rid, save, spoil

David said, “The Lord, who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” (1Samuel 17:37)

In Greek, the word for ‘deliver’ (G4506) – means to rescue

And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. (Matthew 6:13)

To see how these soulish afflictions develop, click on the Soulful Healing submenu item Corruption of the Soul