Over the years, in 'coming along side' fellow believers, for a time, to encourage them in the faith, I've run into those who very much appear to be 'stuck in time'. They've invariably experienced childhood traumas that have seemingly left them still living from that period in their life, going around that well-trod mountain, again and again. They haven't been able to 'move on'. They remain 'stuck in time'.
Oh, they may be competent in the work place, they may marry and have children, they may even hold places of honor in the community.....BUT....... for them, the clock stopped in many ways during that period when life was harder than anyone should have to bear, especially a child. They don't have what is considered healthy, mature emotional skills and so hurt themselves and many of those around them, eventually suffering loss in relationships and elsewhere in life.
I've often seen this compounded by health issues, as their immune system has been compromised by long periods of stress. And the health issues, if there, just add many additional worries.
And what I am coming to understand is that, while yes, they do very much need to have a good understanding of what God's word says about them as a 'new creation' so that the enemies' lies can be defeated,..... and that the annointing of God's truth does break yokes to set people free,....(I am coming to see) that being stuck in time is such a deep darkness of soul, that the slightest bit of LIGHT is very very painful to them and can only be endured in small doses. The heart has been wounded so deeply that it is calloused over with self-protection, distrust, deep hurt, and almost always, anger. Only God knows how to position them through circumstances that will help them receive what they need so that the fortress that enslaves them can be dismantled.
Often, God will use many different believers at different times to stand with and minister to them because it is not a quick process and can wear out one person. But the Bible tells us that love never fails. And this tells me ......that nothing, and no one is too hard for God to handle. His love is patient and long-suffering. He knows right where we are and tells us that we are accepted (right now) in the beloved. He has led captivity, captive.
I believe we are living in a time when God is releasing deep wells of revelation to the Church so that these brutalized souls can be set free. Hasten our maturity Lord!