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The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord…has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed. He has sent me to tell those who mourn that the time of the Lord’s favor has come...To all who mourn...he will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair....

— Isaiah 61:1–3 (NLT)
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No Pain, No Gain

Adapted from the resource Closer to God Each Day - by Joyce Meyer

When moving to emotional wholeness, even with the Holy Spirit leading us, the pain of the healing process from emotional wounds can be more traumatic than experiencing physical pain. Because I experienced so much emotional pain early in my life, I grew weary of hurting. I was attempting to find healing by following the leadership of the Holy Spirit, yet I could not understand why the process had to be so painful.

The Lord revealed to me that I had been hiding behind many “doorways of pain.” I was deep in bondage, taking refuge behind false personalities, pretenses, and facades. I began to understand that when people are led out of bondage into freedom, they must pass back through similar doorways of pain to get on the other side of those doors. They pass through the emotional responses to their initial pain as the Lord leads them to face issues, people, and truths that are difficult. The good news is that we don’t have to face them on our own. He is always near to you, and He will bring you to a place of healing if you will let Him.

Prayer Starter: Thank You for healing the brokenhearted, opening prison doors, and setting the captives free! I no longer have to live in the pain of my past. Thank You, Lord!

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