"Healing is a Choice"

Excerpted from "Healing is a Choice" by Stephen Arterburn

 CHOICE 1. The choice to connect your life. "So in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others." Romans 12:5 LIE > "All I need to heal is God and me."  


CHOICE 2. The choice to feel your life. "Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:6,7 LIE > "Real Christians should have a real peace in all circumstances."  


CHOICE 3. The choice to investigate your life in search of truth. "Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord." Lamentations 3:40 LIE > "It does no good to look back or look inside."  


CHOICE 4. The choice to heal your future. "For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 LIE > "Time heals all wounds."  


CHOICE 5. The choice to help your life. "The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." 2 Corinthians 10:4,5 LIE > "I can figure this out for myself."  


CHOICE 6. The choice to embrace your life. "Arise from the depression and prostration in which circumstances have kept you – rise to a new life! Shine, be radiant with the glory of the Lord, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you!" Isaiah 60:1 LIE > "If I act like there is no problem it will finally go away."  


CHOICE 7. The choice to experience forgiveness throughout your life. "Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you." Ephesians 4:32 LIE > "Forgiveness is only for those who deserve it or earn it."  


CHOICE 8. The choice to risk your life. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9 LIE > "I must protect myself from any more pain."  


CHOICE 9. The choice to serve others in your life. "Each of us should please his neighbor for his good to build him up." Romans 15:2 LIE > "Until I am completely healed and strong there is no place for me to serve God."  


CHOICE 10. The choice to persevere throughout your life. "And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast." 1 Peter 5:10 LIE > "There is no hope for me."