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By His Stripes

December 10, 2013


“But He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on Him, and by His wounds we are healed.”  Isaiah 53: 5

The amazing response to my recent blog posts about overcoming PTSD and childhood sexual abuse continues.  To date 28 people with issues similar to mine have come forward asking for help and support.  It seems that freedom in Christ is contagious and I am hoping that it continues to spread like wildfire.  In Christ there is nothing that we cannot overcome together.

God’s timing is perfect!  Last night on Facebook Dotty Zens sent me information about a new counseling center in her area.  This center offers intensive therapy including EMDR to those who have PTSD or have experienced serious trauma.  Better yet…some of their services can be obtained online or via SKYPE.  Dotty had no idea of what was transpiring with my blog the last several days, but her timing was spot on if not miraculous.

This past week has reminded me that our own personal stories and testimonies of overcoming serious obstacles in our lives can bring to others great healing and hope.  We all know that by the stripes and wounds of Jesus we are healed.  Beyond that I contend that by our wounds and stripes others can be healed.  How great and wonderful it is to know that someone else suffered as we did and then still came out clean and healed on the other side of their trauma.  Jesus endured and overcame suffering for us and in Christ we can suffer and overcome for the sake of others.  Our endurance in the midst of great trials, suffering and trauma can inspire others to hold on until their deliverance and healing comes.

This is the beauty of totally open and free, organic fellowship.  Only in a atmosphere of free and open, Spirit led sharing and dialogue is there opportunity and room for all our stories and sufferings to be told.  In a closed, sermon and Pastor centered “church” there is seldom, if ever, the chance for anyone to share their story and struggles with the rest of the Body.  In the middle of my worst PTSD trials Jesus and those I share fellowship with carried and supported me until I was again able to stand and walk on my own.  In free and open fellowship relationships are forged in the fire of love, truth and compassion.  Because of this fire we are able to trust and open up to one another in ways only the true family of God can.  I can share my deepest and dark of secrets with my siblings in Christ, because they have shared their deepest and dark with me.  Then together we can seek His face until our healing arrives.  The true Body of Christ will go to war with you and have your back until victory comes.  This is all about sharing ALL OF LIFE with each other, and not just sharing a pew on Sunday morning.  

Love and…..

Kirk Out !









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