We believe that God is the Divine Healer:
Heal me, O Lord and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved for you are the One I praise. Jeremiah 17:14
I have heard your prayer and seen your tears. I will heal you. 2 Kings 20:5
We believe that as ministers of God's Word, we (therapists, pastors, caregivers) are called to be witnesses to His healing power:
You are my witnesses declares the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am He....I have revealed and saved and proclaimed - I, and not some foreign god among you. You are my witnesses, declares the Lord, that I am God. Isa. 43:10-12
We believe in the Sovereign Triune of the Father, Son and the Holy Spirit Who is all-knowing, all-powerful, ever present author of wisdom, knowledge, salvation and redemption. There is NO God beside Him. Because He is all powerful and full of wisdom He takes that which is VERY complicated and makes it simple:
- He spoke the world into being. Genesis 1
- He created man in His image from the dust of the earth. Genesis 1:24
- He parted the Red Sea. Genesis 14
- Jesus calmed the storm with a rebuke. Matthew 7
- Jesus fed the 4000 with 7 loaves of bread. Mark 8
- Man is redeemed from sin and death by the death and resurrection of Jesus the Messiah on the Cross.
- He takes the complexities of life and confounds the wise. I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate. Where is the wise man? Where is the scholar? Where is the philosopher of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? I Corinthians 1:19-20
In short, He makes it look 'so simplistic' that it is hard for man to believe.
We believe deprogramming is just a part of ‘setting the captives free’. We realize that programming and fragmenting a person's mind robs them of their identity, especially their identity in Jesus the Messiah. The Bible tells us that we are made in the 'image of God'. Deprogramming helps the survivor to find their true identity in Jesus Messiah so that they progressively move into a relationship with Him and become an active part of the Body of Believers. According to the Word of God there is real power in unity with the Body of Messiah:
I pray that from His glorious riches He would grant you to be strengthened in your inner being with power through His Spirit, so that Messiah may dwell in your hearts through faith. I pray that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to grasp together with all the saints what is the width and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Messiah which surpasses knowledge, so you may be filled up with all the fullness of God. Ephesians. 3:16-19
We believe in the resolution of trauma and the importance of memory work with every survivor. My whole being will exclaim, who is like you, O Lord? You rescue the poor from those too strong for them, the poor and needy from those who rob them. One of the most devastating effects of trauma is the splitting of mind, emotion and will. Memory work is critical in the process of re-uniting the whole being. During the trauma, memories and feelings, along with the ability to discern spiritually, are dissociated through the use of deception, double-binds and forced vows. Each memory, feeling, and choice is then shattered repeatedly making wholeness impossible apart from the power of the Jesus teh Messiah. Consequently, we see memory work as a critical part of wholeness. The integration of shattered memories and feelings give the survivor a sense of connection to reality. However, connecting memories and feelings without spiritual discernment re-traumatizes the survivor. Spiritual discernment involves bringing together truth to replace the lies with the end result being comfort and conviction of sin.
- "I, even I, am He who comforts you." Isa. 51:12
- He states that He is near the brokenhearted Psa. 34:18.
The Messiah Jesus wants to meet the survivor there and His touch brings comfort. The truth about His heart and His ultimate plan for the survivor frees them to feel His love. Spiritual discernment brings together the whole gospel - His love and comfort being one part. The gospel always brings conviction of sin (when it is needed) and demands repentance. At the fall, the nature of man was twisted and each succeeding generation was born into iniquity - “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” Psalm 51:5 Satan builds on this iniquity. These iniquities - fear, unbelief, rebellion and pride - become the pillars that hold the programming in place. For example, fear may result in making the vow to forget the truth and believe the lie.
Repentance consists of choosing to face truth even in the midst of fear. It involves choosing to trust, which is based on new revelation of God. Choices have often been made in rebellion and pride - 'I will protect' at all costs. The 'I wills' made apart from God must be renounced.
Who are you that fear mortal men, the sons of men, who are but grass, that you forget the Lord your maker, who stretched out the heavens and laid the foundations of the earth, that you live in constant terror every day because of the wrath of the oppressor, who is bent on destruction? For where is the wrath of the oppressor? The cowering prisoners will soon be set free, they will not die in their dungeon, nor will they lack bread. For I am the Lord your God, who churns up the sea so that its waves roar - the Lord Almighty is His name. I have put my words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of my hand - I who set the heavens in place, who laid the foundations of the earth, and who say to Zion, You are my people. Isaiah 51:12-16
The result of memory work should be a purified understanding of God. Survivors have the opportunity to know God in a unique way.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does... Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial,... he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him. James 1:2-8, 12
As repentance of the rebellion and pride takes place, fear is replaced by an unshakable faith and a whole being cries out “who is like you, O Lord”.
We believe that no survivor should seek wholeness, integration, memories, truth, or lies, but rather, the ONE who provides wholeness, integration, and reveals all truth and deceptions. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33