Prophecy and healing Trauma

What role does the gift of prophecy have in healing trauma? Can one word from someone that is a “thus says the Lord” moment change everything? What about the dangers of prophetic words concerning the healing process.

The simple answer is YES, it change set in motion a transformation. One word from the Lord changes everything. The more complex answer is you must use discernment because most of what flies in the name of the prophetic is actually eastern religion with a little Jesus on top.

I believe in prophecy. I have had my life changed by a prophetic word more than once. I also have had some really crazy abuse done to me because of “prophetic ministry.” it is actually divination but that is another discussion.

This is why many pastors are very shaky when they hear someone say they have a prophetic word. They often are walking in all types of weirdness. They also have seen the abuse that has come in the name of “God told me.” Everything from church splits to divorce has been a result of false prophecy.

However, the truth remains that real prophecy changes people and can be the things that breaks the cycle of trauma.

Prophecy that changes things

While many ministries has a “eat the meat and spit out the bones” mentality, some ministries are more bones than actual meat. For someone who is dealing with PTSD, it is hard to deal with so much false prophecy when you are struggling for freedom.

I have had some prophetic words from people that I can trust in key seasons that changed things. In fact, a few weeks before I had a direct encounter with the Spirit; there was a prophetic word spoken to me about the end of the trauma circle was closing. I didn’t think much about it but afterwards I realized, “Hey, that was a moment of God said.”

I have seen a prophetic word go forth to a man and everything broke right on the spot. He was delivered from trauma right in the middle of a service and he went home a completely different man. It happens often actually. It is very biblical.

I will never believe that prophecy does not have power when it is truly from the Lord. It causes demons to flee, angels to come and times of refreshing to the soul. The problem in my opinion is not the prophecy but the problem of false prophetic word that fly and only harm people.

However, don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater. There is a lot of fake money out there in the world but we still use the real money to live. The same is true with prophetic ministry.

Seek the Spirit for your help and ask for His comfort but be open to the role of the Spirit through someone else if that is what the Spirit desires to do. Sometimes, when there is trauma goes on, it is easier to hear the Spirit through someone else than on your own. Think about Naomi in the book of Ruth.

Why prophetic ministry is so ugly?

There is a lot of eastern religion in the prophetic movement right now. No accountability. No discernment. No distinguishing between spirits. It is basically a free for all when we think we have more say than the Lord. If we like it, it is from the Spirit and if we don’t, “it doesn’t bear witness.”

When “popular prophets” (When was a prophet in the Bible “popular?”) miss most of their prophetic words and we still smile at 1 out of 10 they actually get. The truth is even a clock is right twice a day. 

Spiritually, it is even worse. We have false prophets and people who operate in divination. They are able to “read people” and spot “energy.” This is straight up eastern religion but we don’t see the difference because the Charismatic movement is so naive for what is true prophecy, they accept the fake.

If you receive a “prophetic word” that lacks the presence of God with it, build your ego, tells you how “amazing” you are and does not confront the lack of holiness in your life; there is a good chance it is by a demonic force of divination.

The truth is most prophecy is not “encouraging.” It is calling you to deep levels of holiness and death to self. When dealing with trauma, this is often even more the case because the wound in the soul makes it hard to die to self.

Personally, I think if used the biblical norm of stoning false prophets and a little burning them at the stake, all the fake prophetic ministry would stop! 

Resting in the Spirit

What happens when you know that you have heard from the Lord without a question, be directly or through a prophetic word that you have discerned to be the Spirit? You rest with surrendering it to the Lord.

The Holy Spirit can not lie. If He said it will happen, it will happen. We can’t make it happen. We can’t stop it from happening, either. All you can do is believe the word of the Lord, lay it at the foot of the Cross as an offering, and wait for the appointed time. 120 different times the Bible says, “It shall come to pass.”

In the late spring of last year, the Spirit said something about someone I know and it is beyond discerned and confirmed. Yet, to date, I have yet to see it fully happen. What I see in the natural does not matter because Holy Spirit does not lie. If He said it will come to pass, it WILL come to pass.

I say that to tell you that if you are believing a word from the Lord about anything, trauma or not; Holy Spirit do what He said He will do. All you can do is lay the word at the foot of the Cross as an offering and wait until it comes to pass (and it will because God does not lie!)

In the words of my hero of the faith, Smith Wigglesworth, “God said it. I believe it. That settles it.”

How long is recovery from PTSD?

One of the most common questions someone has went they realize they are dealing with PTSD is what is the path to healing and how long does it take? These are fair questions to ask but are they the right questions?

Someone suggested that I read Creating a healing society by Susan Lawrence. To be honest, she is a humanist by her own admission in the book on page 145. The answer to trauma is never in our humanity but in the finished work of Jesus.

In the book, she presents an idea that we can heal ourselves through come to know our humanity and as a result, we can overcome as an society. She seems to relate repentance to “remorse by service.” That people who are remorseful want to serve people that they do not end up in a similar position. This is complete humanism and a belief that we can do it without the power of the Spirit.

On page 86, she says that “trauma recovery is a process rather than a state of completion.” While I am not sure what she really mean by that; I know, from experience, that PTSD can only be addressed by the power of the Spirit and the presence of the Lord.[1]I am not saying someone can’t be healed of PTSD but hope is more likely

Is there a timetable for PTSD?

According to the Veterans Administration, you can’t be healed of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.[2]National Center for PTSD (PTSD) They say it can be managed by talk therapy and meds but never truly healed. Personally, I do have concerns about people claiming healing from PTSD as it can be deadly to go off treatment.[3]There needs to be confirmation of any healing by Professionals However, I do believe it is possible. (Sorry, VA!)

However, the question remains: is there a timetable? The answer is more foundational than that. The humanistic ideal has it takes year to heal. The biblical answer is the healing in the presence of God. In short, the only true recovery from trauma is a direct manifestation of Pentecostal power. Therapist can talk to you but only the glory of the Lord will transform you. In His presence is healing. In His presence is deliverance.

The bible is full of people that had traumatic events. The reality is they all had different timetables of deliverance. While this is true, there is something in common with all of them (besides Judas). They had to come to realize that only encounter with God would set them free.

While this is what it will take, the process to get there can be different. Simply put, it is hard to put an amount of time on it. PTSD is a friend to no one. I know that it took almost three years to have the encounter that made things lift. It was not easy in the process. For others, it takes decades. For some, it does not take months. I know the pain of it all personally.

The answer to trauma is not found in the process but in the presence of the Spirit.

Is Homelessness a game changer?

Most people who are homeless, especially on the streets and in the camps deal with some level of trauma and many are clinically dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Does this make the process to having an encounter harder?

The Bible tells us of many people who had no place to live that had dramatic experiences that alter their soul. You can think of Elijah and Paul for example. Even the Savior had powerful encounters in the wilderness that empowered Him. (See Luke 4)

While the issue of homelessness does make the trauma more current, it does not mean that the direct impartation from the Spirit for healing is harder for God in any way, shape of form. He can break in right in the middle of a tent while they are doing drugs and set the person free from it all.

The important thing to understand about PTSD in the context of homelessness is that it might not (normally is not) their fault. People who assume that being homeless is their own bad choices alone need to wake up to what is really happening. Trauma is normally something that happened to them without their agreement and the homelessness is the result of that event. The drinking, the drugs, the prostitution is a way to not face the pain of the event, not the lifestyle choice.

What the homeless need is compassion, not judgement. Most people do not have the trauma event that they have no grid.

How to pray for the Traumatized

The best way to partner with them in prayer is the prayer of the Apostle Paul to the church at Ephesus. Just as much as it was real to them in 62; it is real to people struggling in 2022.

that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, (Ephesians 1:17)

The Father of glory is really translated as the giver of life[4]patḗr – father; one who imparts life and is committed to it; a progenitor, bringing into being to pass on the potential for likeness. in the manifest presence[5]δόξα: honor, renown; glory, an especially divine quality, the unspoken manifestation of God, splendor.. When Paul was praying for them, he was asking for the giver of the presence of God to come and meet with the people tangibly. The physical presence of the Spirit changed everything for them and it does today for the broken in our day.

He was asking for wisdom or  “divine intelligence[6]Greek Word is σοφία” in the presence of the Spirit. There is things the Spirit will give you to help you address the challenges. This is what we call the gifts of knowledge and wisdom.

The revelation of the unveiling[7]ἀποκάλυψις: (“revelation, unveiling”) is principally used of the revelation of Jesus Christ (the Word), especially a particular (spiritual) manifestation of Christ (His … Continue reading of Jesus. God will reveal Himself to the those struggling and they would be transformed.

References

References
1 I am not saying someone can’t be healed of PTSD but hope is more likely
2 National Center for PTSD
3 There needs to be confirmation of any healing by Professionals
4 patḗr – father; one who imparts life and is committed to it; a progenitor, bringing into being to pass on the potential for likeness.
5 δόξα: honor, renown; glory, an especially divine quality, the unspoken manifestation of God, splendor.
6 Greek Word is σοφία
7 ἀποκάλυψις: (“revelation, unveiling”) is principally used of the revelation of Jesus Christ (the Word), especially a particular (spiritualmanifestation of Christ (His will) previously unknown to the extent (because “veiled, covered”).

How to help someone with PTSD

The greatest need for someone with Post traumatic Stress Disorder is not someone to tell them the answers or even point them to a professional (that often does more damage than good.) The answer is compassion. It is hard for many to do it but it makes all the difference. All most people with PTSD need is compassion and concern.

People are often telling people with trauma to get over it. If they do not, they are saying they need to go see a therapist so they can be “normal.” There can be often suggestions like pastoral care. The problem is none of these will work. They are just understood by the person with the trauma as they are broken and not worth your concern. They are being pushed away until they walk away.

As a ministry that focuses on reaching people with PTSD, the answer is not the government (who admits they have no answers) nor is it the mental health industry (that also admits they have no answers). The only hope for the people with trauma is the gospel of Jesus and the compassion of the believer.

What does the scripture tell us about compassion for people suffering?

Word used Original WordMeaning
Merciful eleémón (2)merciful, acting consistently with the revelation of God's covenant.
Mercyeleos (27) properly, "mercy" as it is defined by loyalty to God's covenant.
Compassionsplagchnizomai (12)to be moved in the inward parts, to feel compassion
Mercyeleeó (32)to show mercy as God defines it, i.e. as it accords with His truth (covenant).
Mercy hilaskomai (2)to extend propitiation, showing mercy by satisfying
Compassionoiktirmos (5)deep feeling about someone's difficulty or misfortune
comfortparamuthion (1)consolation (comfort) produced by using soothing words 
gentlymetriopatheó (1)to feel appropriately, i.e. with divinely-measured intensity
sufferingsumpatheó (2)to have a fellow feeling with, i.e. sympathize with
Compassion polusplagchnos (1) "many-boweled," referring to full affection
Sympatheticsumpathés (1)suffering or feeling the like with another, sympathetic
no pitysplagchnon (11)gut-level compassion (visceral feelings); the capacity to feel deep emotions.

Compassion and New Testament

As you can see, the New Testament has much to say about the issue. There is at least 87 references to the need for compassion or mercy on someone hurting. Having compassion on someone is related to understand God’s covenant, walking in truth, and having godly passion in the Kingdom. The totality of the New Testament paints a picture that how you teach the broken is a mirror of how you see your relationship with the Father.

It is understandably hard to walk someone in a relapse with PTSD and just have compassion on them. It can hurt to know there is little you can do, outside of loving them, but is that the bedrock for healing when things normalize again.

When I had my nasty relapse in 2016-2018, I had a lot of people trying to be Dr. Phil to me and it was offensive and shown me they were more interested in the issues going away under the rug than they were in my overall health and ending the cycle.

I sit at doctor offices because they is what people told me that I needed to do. It only got worse. The problem was they want to give answers, not compassion and not be sympathetic. It was actually very problematic and only made things worse for me.

The only answer was the gospel of Jesus. People are not called to be the answer but just walk in and be deeply moved by compassion. Anything past that is outside the biblical norm of being a comfort to others.

The man or woman that is hurting need to know they are cared for and there is hope for tomorrow. When we fail at this level,  nothing else really matters and the sin issue is on the person that does not have the trauma.

Why Compassion is hard for many?

The truth is that people who do not understand the challenge of a PTSD cycle do not have the capacity to feel deep emotions for the person. They have not been there.

It is like what Peter and John dealt with in Acts 3. They could only give what they had received themselves. If you have never had to walk through a trail or grief, it is very complex to have empathy on someone else that does need it.

Someone born rich does not know what it means to be poor. It is hard for them to relate to people who live from welfare check to check. Why? They never had to do it. However, someone like Manny Pacquiao that was once a street kid in Mindanao (Philippines) remembers where he came from. He has a grid for the suffering.

I have a friend who works with the homeless population but he came from a middle class family and worked as an engineer because the Lord called him to work with the people he serves now. He has told me that he wonders how he could understand them better given that he has never been homeless or understand the plight of homelessness. He openly said there is a limit to the compassion simply because he does not have the experience.

It takes more purposefully work to operate in mercy when you do not have the understanding personally. It is not impossible, though. My friend is proof of that.

PTSD & a false prophet

Many church just give up on people with PTSD and label them as false believers, false prophets and in some case, the spirit of Jezebel. This is wrong on many levels socially, spiritually, and biblically. There seemly is not a time claiming someone with PTSD is a false prophet is acceptable.

I understand that some pastors do not want to “deal” with people that have been through trauma and does not heal in the time frame the leader thinks they should. Some ministry models think that if someone is not healed from trauma by the week after, they just don’t want to be healed. This is wrong on many levels.

I want to be clear: putting a timeline of someone’s healing, especially from trauma is downright demonic. We do not do that for someone who has cancer or heart disease but we do it for people that have a life changing encounter that we will never understand. It is a double standard.

Part of this is because many pastors do not want to be informed about what is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and it is not. There is no shame in what you do not know but there is a frustration when they simply choose to know learn and understand.

What is a false prophet?

Many people do not understand the scriptures has to say about false prophets. You can be a false prophets and never give a prophetic word. You can also see prophecies actually happen and still be a false prophet. That’s not the test.

2 Peter 2 is normally taken way out of context to harm people who are struggling. A quick look at the culturally understanding and the historical environment that the writer of 2 Peter (There is questions if Peter actually wrote it)  is written changing its “meaning” from what most tell us today.

It was being addressed about people who literally change the gospel.  They secretly changed what the work of the cross did for the person coming to the saving knowledge of Jesus. Paul also warned against them in Acts 20.

The next issue you have is intent. A false prophet is knowingly choosing to walk in deception and does it with a clear motive for personal gain. This is not a struggle but a desire to deceive. It was not a trauma response. As you can see this, these are two very different matters.

The third issue with the false prophets was they were leading people away from the Lord Jesus and to people claiming they were the Lord. They were denying that Jesus had assented into Heaven and by default, He was not returning for them like the apostles taught.

In other words, if a person is not changing the gospel, having deceptive motives for personal gains, and pointing people away from Jesus; they can’t be false prophets.

The same application would be true of people that get carried away with the spirit of Jezebel. It is about motives more than behavior. Why you do what you do is more important than what you do in most cases.

Now, let’s talk PTSD

It is something physical that has emotional effects on people. Basically, your brain has a section known as hippocampus for your memory. There is another part known as amygdala that deals with your emotions. When someone has been traumatized, the hippocampus closes down in many ways and this causes the amygdala to overreact. The hyper active emotional system leads to trauma response and that leads to some poor decisions.

The poor decisions does not make someone a false prophet or false believer. It means they have something much deeper going on that drives those choices that must be addressed and done with compassion.

When churches do not separate trauma from behavior; it is doing a serious disservice to the people struggling and everyone involved. This is a problem much wider than any one movement. The lack of comfort that people with PTSD find under the steeple of churches in America is sickening in my opinion.

As you can see, the claim of being a false prophet because of their behavior does not hold any weight. They are trying to change the gospel, they are not doing things with the wrong motives and they are not pointing people from Jesus.

Biblically, this is the problem of the churches more that the person with PTSD. They have stepped into being the accuser of the brethren and the scriptures attached that to the devil himself. It is not even a demon but Satan manifesting. Churches that accusing broken people of being false believers and false prophets are the one in need of repenting.

Compassion for people with PTSD

One of the most important scriptures to addressing PTSD is the open of 2 Corinthians. We have three very important truths: God is the Father of Compassion, He has comforted us and we are to comfort others.

The Father of Jesus, our Heavenly Father, seems Himself as the Father of Compassion. The Greek teaches us that God is the giver of life and is committed to us as His children. It goes on to talk about compassion as God “has deep feelings about our difficulties.” When we pray to the Father, we are talking to the giver of life that is deeply committed to His feelings in our difficulties.

What does it mean to be comforted by the Father? There is many levels of it but one of them is joy in the Spirit. There is a degree of joy from the consolation we have received at salvation and realized in the baptism of the Holy Spirit. After a loss; there is peace, righteous and joy in the Holy Spirit.

However, that consolation is not just for us but through us. Those who have walked through it has a duty to those who have not been able to crawl to guide them to the same joy that we have received. If we do not do this, we have failed those who have been traumatized and can’t walk the road by themselves.

Everyone needs compassion. Love that is never failing. Let mercy fall on me. Everyone needs forgiveness. The kindness of a Savior. (Reuben Morgan)

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