Be Still: Encountering the Healing Presence of God

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted in the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

Psalm 46:10

 

Sometimes only a supernatural encounter with God Almighty Himself will heal your deepest emotional wounds. No amount of therapy, or other people praying for you, will change the condition of your heart. In some cases, you need to go directly to God yourself, in a posture of humility and stillness, to hear a personal, intimate, and specific word from God that makes your heart new again.

The question is, “How can I do that?”

Christians experience high levels of discouragement, overwhelm, stress, anxiety, worry, and depression despite God’s promises to heal broken hearts and to set the captives free (Isa 61:1). A gap exists between “knowing” Scriptural truths for walking in victory, and the day-to-day reality of what many Christians experience for themselves. As a result, far too many Christ followers remain the “walking wounded,” and believe lies such as:

  • God doesn’t want them to be healed
  • God is mad at them, or unhappy with them
  • God’s healing is only for “other people”
  • This is “as good as it gets”
  • God didn’t prevent the bad thing from happening, so “He must not love me”
  • “I can’t really trust God.”

 

Our hearts have been battered, wounded, pierced, and even shattered. Because of challenges starting in childhood, our hearts carry battle scars and indeed are broken. It is from this broken-hearted state that we develop dysfunctional coping strategies (overeating, drinking alcohol, using drugs, over-relying on internet distractions, using pornography, over-spending, and more).

“I have been to many women’s conferences. This was by far the most powerful and effective!”

S.M.

We end up having troubled relationships that compound our problems. Many people cannot appropriately trust others, and end up in unsatisfying, conflicted, and even abusive relationships. This fuels higher divorce rates and broken homes, creating psychological wounds in the children who are collateral damage in the struggle to contain emotional pain while maintaining a troubled marriage.

Yet it’s clear in Scripture that God has plans to heal us, prosper us, fight our battles, and make us more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. Certainly, some people have claimed that victory and are living out the fullness of God’s plan for their lives.

“When you went over the list of why we avoid hearing from God, I thought “ok I know this is true” and God then revealed a lie to me loud and clear that I believe. So sad to admit it was, “God hates me and wants to punish me”. I walked away that night knowing the lie and trusting that God would walk with me in this healing. Today I heard God speak to me what I needed to hear! It was soft and matter of fact…..He said “You’re going to Heaven AND there is nothing you need to do.” Immediately I realized that I had a list in my head of the wrongs I needed to right to be in God’s love and He simply said, “There is no list.”  I am still adjusting to this new feeling – It’s a feeling of being where I am instead of wanting to be at this destination in my mind (always feeling condemned for not being there). All I can say is WOW, praise God, thank you Jesus and the power of the Holy Spirit was in the room! Thank you!” 

Missy M.

But when we see the promises in the Bible, and see others who are walking in the victory we desperately want for ourselves, we start to feel even more discouraged…..and even hopeless.

We KNOW the answer lies in God – but we don’t know how to get His answer.

In this special conference, people learn about a “secret” that is in plain sight in the Bible – a “secret” to making it easier to hear God’s word for our hurting hearts. And that “secret” is BEING STILL.

Being still – according to the Biblical definition of stillness – positions us to allow God to transform us according to His purposes. In the process of allowing His transformation process, our hearts are healed, we get stronger, and we can walk in growing levels of victory.

The key is understanding what God says stillness is, and knowing how to put ourselves in that place. Then we can know He is God!

 

When you attend this experience, you will:

  • Discover how you find Jehovah Rapha – God the Healer – inside Biblical stillness
  • What Biblical stillness is, and how it differs from new-age or Buddhist-inspired practices
  • Learn about the forces working against our efforts to be still
  • Learn 10 specific strategies to be still
  • Find out what to do if you fear what God will say when you still your mind
  • Determine the roots of your emotional pain, both spiritually and psychologically
  • Uncover your ineffective coping strategies, and discover how they become strongholds that distract you from healing
  • Find out why I believed Jesus was wrong when He commanded us to “love our neighbor as ourselves.” (HINT: He wasn’t wrong! And understanding this explains why it is so crucial that we pursue God’s healing for our hearts.)
  • Practice the psychological process to tame your anxious and discouraging thoughts
  • Complete a questionnaire to help you identify the lies you believe about yourself and others
  • Learn and practice a healing prayer process for the purpose of having a supernatural encounter with God Almighty Himself so He can speak directly, intimately, and specifically to your wounded heart, causing immediate healing
  • Find out the barriers to healing, plus ways of breaking those barriers down
  • Develop a strategy to implement a healing lifestyle with stillness at the center of your spiritual practice.

This Be Still Encounter can be held as a mini-retreat/conference style event over a day and a half, or as a three-day retreat.

Hi Anita – I took your conference, and I wanted to let you know that last night was the first time in a very, very long time that I did not wake up between 3:00 and 5:00 with fear, worry, anxiety, and in a deep sweat! My whole life I have suffered from being unable to be still. Praise God, and thank you!” 

C.S.

About Dr. Anita

I am a Licensed Psychologist, with a PhD in Clinical Psychology. I practiced for several years as a psychologist and then transitioned to working as an Executive Leadership Coach in 2002.

Along the way, God shaped and used my experience, training, and education to move me into doing His work by revealing the intersection of the healing power of Jesus Christ and psychology. This developed into a workshop called “Made For More,” teaching people Holy Spirit therapy: how to rely on a direct and intimate word from God to heal the wounds on our hearts. As effective as these workshops were, something was missing – not everyone was able to hear a word from God.

Before these workshops developed, God made it known to me several years ago that He wanted me to write a book called, Be Still. Because I love Psalm 46:10 (“Be still, and know that I am God”), it seemed that this idea clearly came from God. But I had no idea of what He wanted me to put in the book!

Over the years helping people both individually and in workshops learn Holy Spirit therapy to facilitate healing, I realized that often people fail to hear God’s voice because they cannot still their minds. Many people have a tough time turning the volume down on the mental chatter in their heads. They spend so much time with a buzzing, busy, and occupied mind that they crowd out God’s voice.

God’s voice is still and small (1 Kings 19:12, NKJV). We cannot properly hear His word for us if we keep our minds busy and active.

Sometimes people actively resist stilling their minds because they fear what will “come up” if they do. Or, they wrongly believe that God will have a condemning message for them. There are many psychological blockades people build that inadvertently hinder God’s healing power into their lives.

As a licensed psychologist, I realized that – despite the many areas that psychology has deviated from the Lord – one thing we do well is to teach people strategies on how to monitor their thoughts and to calm their minds. This is how God revealed the content of the upcoming book, Be Still.

This conference experience not only teaches how all our emotional problems develops both psychologically and spiritually, but it incorporates chunks of time to practice the strategies and techniques for stilling the mind. “The Be Still Encounter” is a true experiential event that fuses Christ with psychology.

 “Anita, God spoke to me when I stilled my mind! He said, “I am always with you.” Praise Jesus! I know now that He never left me when [those people did that terrible thing to me]. I really believed He had abandoned me, but now I know for a fact that He has always been with me, and that He will never leave me! I needed to hear it directly from Him to really believe it….and I did!” 

I.A.

If you would like to bring this powerful and life-changing conference encounter to your church or organization, please contact me at anita@dr-anita.com for more information.

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