The most astounding changes have come into my own personal life, as I learned to TRUST God with my past hurts and with my current “real life” challenges.
Here are some basic lessons that I have learned and joyfully share with you.
- God loves me. Deeply and completely (Jeremiah 31:3, Romans 5:6–10).
- God does not condone verbal abuse, shaming or physical harm. He hates all wickedness (Psalm 11:5).
- I can “entrust justice” to the righteous and absolutely fair heart of God (Psalm 103:6; 146:7; Jeremiah 17:10).
- I can forgive others, because I have been so greatly forgiven of ignorance and faults. (Matthew 5:23–24; 6:14–15, 21–22; John 8:7).
- I can pray for those who have been abusers to have a change of heart and repentance (Luke 6:28; Proverbs 28:13).
- Peace and victory come as I study and rest in who I am in Christ (Ephesians 1:3–8; 2:10; Colossians 2:9–10; 3:1–4; Romans 8:31–39; Philippians 4:13).
- I can use what the enemy meant for evil to bring glory and sweet praise to God (Joseph’s response: Genesis 50:20).
- I can learn how to communicate clear, pure, non-punishing boundaries in all relationships, and speak truth in love (Proverbs 4:23; Romans 13:14; Ephesians 4:15).
- I must be aware of the Enemy’s schemes and twists to control my responses and defeat me. I must saturate my life with Scripture (2 Corinthians 2:11; 1 Peter 5:8; Titus 2:11–12; Psalm 119:11).
- My thoughts will control my actions and responses, so I must allow God to transform my thinking every day. (Romans 12:2; Philippians 4:8).
- I will continue to grow and heal as I rub shoulders with “safe” godly men and “safe” godly women who model how to respond with the pure love of Christ when life becomes overwhelming or too hard. (1 Peter 3:3–5).
- I can, as a member of the body of Christ, be a part of holding abusers accountable — especially within the church (James 5:19–20; Jeremiah 22:3a; Matthew 18:15–17).
- I can also encourage girls and women who still struggle toward freedom from the pain of abuse (Galatians 6:2; Romans 14:19).
Friends! God truly wastes nothing that has happened to us! We can defeat the “defeaters” of the past who have attempted to de-mean, de-stroy, de-value our lives!
By being submerged in good counsel that challenges us to be fair, to be wise and to be brave, to look life right in the face telling it that through the kindness and mercy of God’s faithful direction and instructions, “we will not faint or be overcome by despair.”
Who dares to separate us from the love of Christ?
Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or poverty or nakedness or danger or sword?
NO! In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.
“For I AM absolutely convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord,” Romans 8:38-39.
In His Shadow,
~ Mary Lindow ©
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Mary Lindow has a passion for encouraging others – all generations, careers or vocations to live expressing excellence through personal integrity, healthy accountability, and wise management of talents and skills. She’s a sought after keynote, inspirational, humorous speaker and teacher across the USA and internationally in Ministers & Spiritual leaders Conferences, and training seminars for various organizations.