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1 QUESTIONS OF HEALTH 3: Diagnosing and Treating Spiritual Wounds Dale A. Matthews, MD Teammates March 11, 2012

2 THE WOUND OF FRODO “Frodo has been touched by the weapons of the Enemy”, said Strider, “and there is some poison or evil at work that is beyond my skill to drive out. But do not give up hope, Sam!” The Black Riders

3 SPIRITUAL WOUNDS Overwhelming illness Untimely death (esp. suicide) of family member or close friend Drug and alcohol abuse Physical, psychological, or sexual abuse Exposure to pornography and excessive violence Shame and humiliation

4 DIAGNOSING SPIRITUAL PAIN Sorrow, grief Isolation and loneliness Lack of meaning or purpose Fear and avoidance Hopelessness and despair Anger or bitterness towards God

5 TREATING SPIRITUAL PAIN Internal Medicine Listen without judgment Use appropriate non-verbal communication Be sympathetic and empathetic Identify the underlying feelings (e.g., sadness, anger, guilt) Help the person reconcile with others and re- integrate into society

6 SPIRITUAL PROBLEMS Despair Addiction Doubt

7 OLD TESTAMENT STORIES ABOUT DESPAIR Gen 4:1-16Cain and Abel Gen 16; 21:8-21Hagar Ecclesiastes Solomon Job 1:6-12;2:1-8Job Tested by Satan 1 Sam 4:4-20Hannah 1 Ki 19:1-18Elijah

8 NEW TESTAMENT STORIES ABOUT DESPAIR Mark 7:24-30Syrophoenician Woman Mark 10:46-52Blind Bartamaeus Mark 13:5-37Signs of the End Luke 18:1-8Persistent Widow Acts 5:17-42Persecution of Apostles 2 Cor 11:23-30Sufferings of Paul

9 PAUL’S STRUGGLE When I want to do good, evil is right there with me. For in my inner being I delight in God's law; but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members. Rom 7:21-23

10 PAUL’S DILEMMA… AND SOLUTION What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God— through Jesus Christ our Lord! Rom 7:24-25

11 GOD’S PRESCRIPTION FOR DESPAIR: Hope We rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance, character, and character hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Romans 5:2-5

12 STORIES IN GENESIS ABOUT ADDICTION Genesis 3:1-24Adam and Eve Genesis 9:20-7Noah’s Drunkenness Genesis 19:30-8Lot’s Drunkenness Genesis 38:1-30Judah and Tamar Genesis 39:2-20Potiphar’s Wife

13 OTHER BIBLICAL STORIES ABOUT ADDICTION Numbers 25:1-9Moab’s Seduction Judges 16:1-22Samson and Delilah 1 Kings 21:1-29Naboth’s Vineyard Proverbs 23:29-35The Dangers of Alcohol Eccles 2:1-11Solomon’s Search Ezekiel 23:1-49Oholah and Oholibah Daniel 5:1-6Belshazzar’s Feast Matthew 4:1-11The Temptation of Jesus Luke 15:11-32The Prodigal Son

14 GOD’S PRESCRIPTION FOR ADDICTION: Fulfillment Do not offer the parts of your body to sin, as instruments of wickedness, but rather offer yourselves to God…as instruments of righteousness. Romans 6:13

15 OLD TESTAMENT STORIES ABOUT DOUBT Genesis 22:1-19Sacrifice of Isaac Joshua 6The Wall of Jericho Judges 4:4-10Deborah & Barak Judges 6Gideon’s Fleece 1 Kings 19:1-18Lord Appears to Elijah 2 Kings 6:8-23Elisha & Arameans Psalm 22:1-7David’s Lament Isaiah 40:12-31“Have You Not Heard?”

16 NEW TESTAMENT STORIES ABOUT DOUBT Matthew 8:5-13Faith of Centurion Matt 28:16-20Great Commission Mark 9:14-29Epileptic Boy & Father Luke 1:5-23Zechariah and Angel Luke 7:18-28John’s Disciples John 20:24-31Doubting Thomas Hebrews 11The “Hall of Faith”

17 GOD’S PRESCRIPTION FOR DOUBT: Faith If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain. ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you. Matthew 17:20-21

18 GOD’S PRESCRIPTION FOR DOUBT: Faith Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6

19 FAITH So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Cor 4:18

20 SPIRITUAL EXAMINATION Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Ps 139:23-24

21 SEVEN DEADLY SINS Pride Envy Anger Sloth Greed Gluttony Lust

22 CHARACTERISTICS OF SATAN (“The Adversary”) A fallen “angel of light” (Isa 14:12-14; 2 Cor 11:14-15) The tempter (Gen 3; Matt 4:1-11; 1 Th 3:15) The accuser of the brethren (Zec 3:1; Rev 12:10) The destroyer (Rev 9:11) and cause of illness (Job 2:7; Lk 13:16; 2 Cor 12:7) A liar and murderer (Jn 8:44) and deceiver (Rev 20:10) A roaring lion (1 Pet 5:8) Vile (2 Cor 6:15) and wicked (Mt 13)

23 FALL OF LUCIFER 12 How you have fallen from heaven, morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! 13 You said in your heart, “I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon. [a] 14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.”a Isaiah 14:12-14

24 THE DEADLY D’s OF THE DEVIL H.L. Wilmington Disappointment Discouragement Despair Doubt Disbelief Distraction Double-mindedness Dishonesty Deceit Dullness Deadness Delay Discord Defilement Defamation Disobedience

25 SPIRITUAL WARFARE Darkness vs. Light Deception vs. Truth Death vs. Life Accusation vs. Acceptance Adversary vs. Advocate Destruction vs. Creation

26 PUT ON THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD Ephesians 6:10-17 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13

27 PUT ON THE FULL ARMOR OF GOD: Ephesians 6:10-17 Belt of truth Breastplate of righteousness Footwear of readiness Shield of faith Helmet of salvation Sword of the Spirit Pray in the Spirit for all God’s people

28 PASSAGES FOR SELF-EXAMINATION Psalm 51 Matthew 5-7 Romans 12-13 Ephesians 4-5 Colossians 3:1-17 1 Thessalonians 4 Galatians 5:16-23

29 PSALM 51 Do I really know my transgressions against You? Do I have a broken spirit and a broken and contrite heart? Do I want my sins to be washed away and cleansed with hyssop? Do I really want a pure heart, a steadfast spirit, the joy of salvation, and a willing spirit? Will I teach fellow sinners your ways?

30 MATTHEW 5-7 God blesses those who are poor in spirit, mournful, meek, hungry and thirsty for righteousness, merciful, pure in heart, peaceful, and persecuted because of righteousness. Am I blessed by God? Am I salt and light in the world? Do I love my enemy? Do I forgive? Do I worry? Do I judge? Do I seek God?

31 ROMANS 12-13 Is my love sincere? Am I “joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer”? Do I bless those who persecute me? Do I rejoice with those who rejoice and mourn with those who mourn? Do I repay evil for evil or do I overcome evil with good?

32 EPHESIANS 5 Do I lead a life of love, just as Christ loved us? Is there a “hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed?” Do I “make music in my heart to the Lord, always giving thanks”? Do I love my wife as Christ loved the church?

33 COLOSSIANS 3:1-17 Do I set my heart on things above, not on earthly things? Do I put to death what belongs to my earthly nature? Do I clothe myself with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience? Do I forgive others? Do I do everything in the name of Jesus?

34 1 THESSALONIANS 4 Do I live to please God? Do I control my body in a way that is holy and honorable? Do I love my brothers and sisters in Christ more and more? Do I lead a quiet life, minding my own business, and working with my hands? Does my life win the respect of outsiders?

35 GALATIANS 5:16-23 Do I live by the spirit? Or do I gratify the desires and show the acts of the sinful nature? Do I show the “fruit of the spirit”? Do I show love, joy, peace? Patience, kindness, goodness? Faithfulness, gentleness, self- control?

36 THE WORK OF THE HOLY SPIRIT Lives within every believer in Jesus (Rom 8:9) Directs the thoughts of the believer and leads to life and peace (Rom 8:6,11), taking away fear (Rom 8:15) Allows us to become children and heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, both of his suffering and of his glory

37 LIVE BY THE SPIRIT Those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their mind set on what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace. Rom 8:3-6

38 STAND FIRM! It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm then, and do not let yourselves be burdened by a yoke of slavery. Gal 5:1


40 GOD’S PRESCRIPTION FOR SPIRITUAL PAIN: Grace My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. 2 Corinthians 12:9

41 GOD’S PRESCRIPTION FOR SPIRITUAL PAIN: Grace If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent’, forgive him. Luke 17:3-4

42 SUMMARY God loves us and gives us all the gifts we need, including the gift of healing of our minds, bodies, and spirits Healing may come in many forms, including medical, psychological, and spiritual treatment “God’s ways are not our ways” (Is 55) and His timing is not always our timing Many obstacles can block the healing process, but having faith and heeding God’s Biblical “prescriptions” facilitates healing

43 GRACE AND PEACE Grace and peace to you from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Rom 1:7


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