Breaking Free Session 5
by Ashley Mease | August 21, 2016Breaking Free Online Bible Study | Week 5
As we study Breaking Free, The Journey by Beth Moore, we’re now half-way through our bible study lessons. This week we focus on how Jesus ministers the brokenhearted. We learn about the flaming arrow and God’s precise aim as he pierces our hearts. We learn about binding wounds that are hemorrhaging. I thought about the wife who’s husband has an affair, the obvious broken heart, and the resulting hemorrhaging. Or the Mom who tragically lost her son and the unbearable grief she suffers. Life is about suffering and pain. God is about what we do with the suffering and the pain, allowing Him to heal our wounds, or drowning in our sorrows.
This week as we study hurts and betrayal, we’re removing the bandages (or duct tape) and allowing the Father to heal. Give yourself a gift of solitude, alone with your homework, and allow time for His presence as you break free. For those not participating in the Bible study and reading the post because of past hurt, continue reading the article. If you find healing and comfort in the words, then join the study or contact your women’s ministry at your local church and seek healing. Let’s clarify that childhood abuse is not only physical, but also includes emotional abuse or neglect. While there are various degrees of child abuse from mild to severe, in each case the spirit of an innocent child is deeply wounded and the child wears the badge of hurt throughout her adult life. You’ll see hurt by destructive behaviors-such as alcohol or drug addiction, gambling or sexual addiction, eating disorders, depression, and many other physical signs of her childhood abuse. What you cannot see is the spiritual wound, because she hides in shame from God and from herself.
In Breaking Free by Beth Moore, we’re peeling away the bandages that cover her shame. These bandages include:
- A cycle of shame
- A veil of fear
- A heart of stone
- A voice of anger
- A will to control
Our week five study seems long and exhausting, because we’re reaching into our reserves for the courage and strength to deal with broken hearts wounded in childhood. Lesson One brought us right to the heart, lesson Two peeled open childhood wounds and lesson three examines a mending of these wounds. From these spiritual truths comes an opportunity to mend from past victimization and find glory in the presence of Jesus. We learn that some level of child victimization will probably continue throughout the world and we find the source of the abuse stems from Satan, the prowling lion, seeking his prey. Once abused in childhood, the enemy knows his opportunity exists to shame, punish, degrade and isolate us. We turn towards self-medicating sins, such as promiscuity, addictions, affairs, and scandalous behaviors. The trap has been set for us by our abuser and captivity is reinforced throughout our adult life. Satan takes us captive to to his will, not God’s. Until now, as we participate in Breaking Free and seek freedom from our captivity!
When we face betrayal, we assume that something must be wrong with us. We blame ourselves and isolate ourselves from further hurt. Jesus was betrayed by Judas and the disciples fled. A perfect son of God, tempted by Satan, walking in obedience and fear of the Lord, was deserted by HIS friends. Jesus did not respond with anger, temper tantrums or gossip-he responded with love and understanding for God’s perfect will. Next time you face betrayal, don’t turn towards self-analysis, destructive habits or bondage. Look up, at Father God, and seek glory and peace in His Presence. You always have One True Friend-Jesus.
Assignment For the Week
- What was your most memorable heartbreak in childhood? Please do not share anything you want to keep private.
- Why do you believe child victimization will continue to occur in our world? (page 113)
- Have you ever faced a season where you seemed to face one loss after another? When and what was involved? (page 121)
- How do you think the loss of faith can turn into a form of bondage? (page 122)