It is our goal at IBCC to help people find freedom and healing from past wounds that hinder their spiritual and emotional maturity. It is important for our counselees to understand that it is beyond the counselor’s ability in and of himself to provide freedom and healing. His responsibility is simply pointing the counselee to the Great Healer of our Souls, Jesus Christ. At IBCC, we view the counselor as simply a facilitator of spiritual freedom and healing, not the source of freedom and healing.
To receive the greatest benefit from the counseling sessions, it is imperative that our counselees take personal responsibility for their healing. In evaluating our most successful cases, we have found the following keys to be true in the counselee’s life. These are non-negotiable essentials if true healing is to be realized.
- They surrendered themselves to God with humility and courage (Psalm 139:23-24).
- They separated themselves from any influence that would hinder their healing (2 Corinthians 6:18).
- They developed an intimate relationship with God through Bible reading, prayer, Scripture meditation and personalization, and journaling (Jeremiah 29:13).
- They understood their position in Christ as a child of a loving Heavenly Father (Romans 8:16).
- They looked to God for wisdom and revelation through His Word and through His Holy Spirit (James 1:5).
- They were willing to hear God speak to them (Hebrews 3:15).
- They became involved in a community of life-giving believers (Hebrews 10:24-25).
- They took responsibility for the works of their flesh and repented of sin (Psalm 51:4).
- They were willing to open up their past wounds to allow God’s healing (Luke 4:18).
- They understood that healing is a process directed by God (Jeremiah 17:14).
- They took responsibility for their own maturity (1 Peter 2:2).
- They were willing to apply the Armor of God in their spiritual battle against Satan (Ephesians 6:11-12).
- They understood how to live out of their new heart in Christ (Ezekiel 36:26-27).