Ministering from the Healing Place, By Rev. Rosalynn Austin
I refuse to not share how God can heal you from having the mind of a victim. My life has been speckled with a history of me suffering from the hurtful actions of others in the form of verbal abuse, molestation, rape, physical abuse and the crushing blow of a divorce. To add the fact that I also sinned, wreaked havoc on my heart and mind. All of those actions mentioned had me convinced I was unlovable and not worth the air I was breathing. I have almost died at the hands of others many times by things which should have taken my life, but God spared me because He had a plan to use my life’s entire story to reach a dying and hurting world. He has called the same from you. Even if you have not went through these things or gone through worse, He has called you to love his people as He does; let them see the scars from the beatings and lead them to the cross and let them know at the feet of Jesus redemption is available and by His stripes, cuts, bruises and wounds the past will be healed.
Last year I had the honor of being one of the keynote speakers for a Healing and Deliverance Conference. It was such an honor. Women were baptized and received the Holy Spirit. Ministering from the healing place, I stood in front of a pulpit and shared what God had laid on my heart. While in the flow, a moment of clarity came and I realized that God was getting beauty from the ashes of my past. From pain and tears I cried during moments in my life that had stripped me of my modesty, my purity and my self-worth. Sharing those moments allowed others to release themselves from their past and step into the future God intended for them. In moments of ministry like these each tear we shed in our past is being poured out on once dry and parched from lack of love hearts. This type of ministering is a salve prescribed to hearts being transformed by the love of Christ. I was challenged to realize and share the simple but powerful revelation that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28, KJV)
It is a very humbling experience. When God calls you to minister out of your hurts, you yourself have to be able to reflect on the good God has produced from it. It is a tough-time if you are still raw from the pain. It can be damaging to stand in a place of anger or bitterness and minister from that place. When you are healing or blessed to have been healed you can minister out of the love that you have been able to find in the prison cells of your past. Letting the Lord get beauty from those ashes is not easy, but it is a blessing to others. Let him “bestow on you a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair (Isaiah 61:3, NIV). Minister from your healing place!
Copyright 2014 Rosalynn Austin
Rosalynn Austin is a licensed minister with the United Pentecostal Church International (UPCI). She is a veteran of the United States Navy and holds a BS in Health Care Management. For over 13 years she has been a leader and trainer in the field of Homeland Security & Emergency Management. She and her husband, Cedric, also a licensed minister with the UPCI and the Hyphen Director of TLC, are the blessed parents of two children. They attend, serve in and minister out of The Life Church of Kansas City, MO under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Stan & Marlene Gleason. More about Rosalynn Austin can be found at www.everyday-hope.com