I Have Experienced the Healing of Memories-Dr. Lester Sumrall

I Have Experienced the Healing of Memories-Dr. Lester Sumrall

I know whereof I speak. When I was a young man, I had that dreadful sickness tuberculosis. One evening the doctor gave me only two hours to live.

Today I do not feel badly about that experience, terrible as it was. It was truly one of the greatest things that ever happened to me. It showed me the greatness of God, my healer, my deliverer, and taught me how to sympathize with people who are suffering and near death.

God is the Healer of Memories. He can put a new spirit within you. Great wrongs that have been done to you can be completely forgiven and forgotten. You can say, “Those experiences could have really harmed me emotionally, but God has turned what was meant for evil and used them for my good.”

There are people who die prematurely because they refuse to permit their memories to be healed. I beg you to allow God to heal your memories.

There have been many other hurtful experiences in my life which I could have allowed to fester and devastate me. But I Haven’t done that, and neither should you. Here’s how I have learned to experience the healing of memories.

  1. Come to the Lord Jesus and fully give your heart to Him.  Your spirit will come alive and will begin to direct your total being.  The Holy Spirit will indwell you and direct your emotions and He will give you power to control ungodly and hurtful desires and thoughts.  Accept Jesus into your heart today.

Psychologists can take your mind to pieces with their probing, but they cannot put it back together again. Only God can do that.  Only through the power of the Holy Spirit can healing from hurtful memories take place.

2.Forgive those who have wronged you. Forgiveness is a prerequisite for the healing of memories. Joseph forgave his brothers. He was sincere about it. I am sure tears ran down his face. He gave them everything they needed. That is the way his memories were healed.

It matters not who has hurt you or even how you have been hurt. There must be forgiveness. It may be a family member, a friend, a coworker, neighbors -someone who did you wrong. The wrongs were real, not imagined; or they could be over-exaggerated in your memory as a consequence of replaying those bad memories/bad emotional “tapes” in your head. Regardless -whether real or imagined – without forgiveness on your part, no lasting healing of memories will take place. 

Our ultimate example in granting forgiveness is Christ. Look at how Jesus forgave Peter who denied Him three times. More importantly, look at Jesus hanging on the cross asking the Father to forgive those who had put Him there. Jesus was a forgiver.

To be forgiven by God is to experience healing and deliverance. To forgive others frees us from hurtful memories that bind.  It will trigger a wonderful liberation from a defeated past and the beginning of a whole new outlook on life.  I have a friend who wrote this about forgiveness, and I like the way she expressed it:

“Calvary was an infinite event; it was the ground upon which Christ secured our forgiveness. It cost Jesus His life. It was an enormous price to pay. There is no way I can withhold forgiveness to another person when I look at the forgiveness of God in Christ. It didn’t feel good for Jesus to hang on that cross, but it feels good for me when I forgive. I feel right, cleansed, made new, recreated into a relationship that will honor Him. Joy is restored, and peace. “We have forgiveness through his blood” it’s the scarlet thread that runs through the Bible. If I am going to be fully identified with Christ, then it means that I will forever put into practice His forgiveness.  what a way to live! And what a way to die! It’s the only way. Believe me, believe Him, try it. It feels so good to forgive!”

3. One of the greatest ways to have your memories healed is to have love in your heart. Love and hate cannot co-exist in the human heart. Either you are a person filled with love, or you are a person torn by inner strife where hate-filled thoughts and ill will are battling with your deep-down desire to exhibit love’s virtues.

My thoughts are drawn to the Apostle Paul and the power of God’s love that invaded his life when he was on the way to Damascus to persecute the Christians there (see Acts 9). Once he was overcome by that love, he was a changed man. God’s love for us is the same as it was for Paul. He wants to infuse His love into us so that we too, will be changed. Then we will walk in Christ-like love toward others.

We are creatures cut out for love. God has made us that way. Jesus had much to say about love. In replying to the lawyer who asked Him which command in the Law of Moses is most important, Jesus replied, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. The second most important is similar: Love your neighbor as much as you love yourself. All the other commandments and all the demands of the prophets stem from these two laws and are fulfilled if you obey them. Keep only these and you will find that your are obeying all the others” (Matthew 22:36-40, TLB).


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