A MINISTRY BLOG FOR WOMEN IN RECOVERY FROM ABUSE
JOHN 8:36...WHOM THE SON SETS FREE, IS FREE INDEED
sisterssetfree | January 01, 2011 05:40
Have you been searching for INSPIRATIONAL NEW YEAR QUOTES that will make you feel truly happy? The new year swifty approaches. Let's party!
Let's party with these great quotes from the Bible. As we enter a new year, keep God's eternal promises in view. Let's start the new year off by remembering just how blessed we are in Christ. The following Biblical quotes will inspire you:
1. Jesus is your guardian so don't be fearful
II Chronicles 16:9a For the eyes of the Lord your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that He did for you in Egypt before your eyes.
2. Don't worry because you always have success in Christ
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to all that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose.
3. Wait on the Lord for answers to every problem in the new year
Psalm 145:15,16 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them meat in due season. Thou openest thy hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.
The above biblical quotes are from God whose word is eternal. Allow Gods word to comfort and strengthen you this year and beyond. Gods word is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.
sisterssetfree | October 06, 2010 07:05
In John 3:7 the Lord Jesus says that we must be born again. When we recieve Christ we are brand new. We must forget about whatever happened in the past and look to the future. God doesn't want you to dwell on all the hurtful things that has happened to you. Through Christ you are a new creation.
God has a plan for your life. The plan the devil had for you is null and void. It should no longer effect your life. The God of the universe has given you a divine plan. It is best to spend time finding out what his plan for you is.
The world would like to keep you back and encourages you to talk about the past. Blaming the past for who you are today is unbiblical. Your past has absolutely nothing to do with your future in Christ. Your past may be used to minister to others. If you were abused, mistreated, or otherwise broken,perhaps your ministry will blossom out of that.
Whatever has happened to you is now covered with the blood of Jesus. You must allow the Lord to heal you of your past. Then you may share that testimony with others.
The world's counselors will constantly bring you back to your past. Their counseling focuses on your problems. They believe that problems must be talked about. Women in counseling may spend years ruminating about the past. They must stay in buisness. Without your problems they have no job. It is to their benefit to keep you thinking about everything that went wrong with your life. This keeps them in business. Trying to fix the past is not in line with scripture. Their are no scripture verses that support trying to fix the past. The past is already fixed by God, through Christ because he has delivered you from it. You don't have to be stuck in your past. Embrace the wonderful promises of God for your future. Begin to pray about what the Lord has in store for you to do. Our purpose is to serve God. This is our new purpose. We can't serve the devil by remembering the bondage we were in with Satan. We serve God by walking in his promises.
Remember to give attention to scripture study, prayer and worship. These are the blessed habits that will renew your mind.
sisterssetfree | October 05, 2010 11:20
Sexual abuse in the church, is at an all time high. So called men and woman of God have no qualms about sexually abusing children. We know these abominations have been going on for a long time. God has warned us that false prophets as wolves in sheep clothing will enter churches. A warning is given to the church in Acts 20:29. Let's take a look at this very important scripture given by Paul, the apostle:
Acts 20:29 For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock.
Since the word of God is truth, why have we not been watchful? Why would we believe that everyone who says they love God is true. Some of us have been so foolish, allowing Christian leaders, and pastors to trick us into believing they are exempt from correction. Surely we have been like blind sheep following blind and abominable shepherds.
Do we really need a scripture that will convince us that not every pastor or minister is a true follower of Christ. What we need is common sense. Often when we choose a church, we jump right in. We don't check the statement of faith. We don't first listen to teachings before we join. We don't check the churches financial status. We don't look to see what they do in the community. When shall we learn. All this is common sense.
God has already warned us that there are leaders who wear sheeps clothing. This is a warning that we are to check every spirit. We are satisfied to sit under someone and let them tell us what to do. We are satisfied to sit under someone and let them tell us what the bible says. We are lazy to study the word so that we might hear God's voice. We are lazy and often spend only 15 to 20 minutes a day in scripture study. No wonder the wool is being pulled over our eyes. No wonder children are being sexually abused in the church. While we sit singing songs to Jesus our children are molested. So many children have been damaged by the church. You see the numbers and you know what I'm talking about.
Will we sit there and let this go on? Is this the type of people we are. To sit back idly as these abominations take place. Who is that will protect our children. We leave them in the care of the church and don't check to see if background checks have been done on church workers. We dump children off in care of the church and go about our business. We can't continue to do this. We have to use the commen sense God gave us.
The church is the perfect place for a child molesters. The child molesters know that Cristians are often trusting and off guard. The child molesting leaders know they can get away with what they do. These wolves know that we will tret them like God. These wolves know that we shall trust them with our children. When will we rise up and eat the meat of the word. When will we stop letting ministers tell us what God is saying? When will we study the word of God for ourselves? When will we stop being fools and become wise?
We have to learn to disern our leaders. We must learn to hear the voice of God. We must learn to use common sense .Common sense should tell you that if you want God's leading you must study his word. Why do we resist knowing God for ourselves. Why are we lazy? We are lazy and prefer the minister to give us a word and a prayer.
Some would ask why I, a woman would speak in such a manner. If I don't speak who will speak for our children? Are you standing up for the children who are being molested in churches? Are you trying to defend them.? Are you concerned about them? Where are the ministries that will help them heal? Where are the men and women in Christ, who are not afraid to speak up? Please tell me where they are? Are you not your brothers keeper? Are you not your childrens keeper?
How long will we throw our children to the wolves? When we will stop fearing our leaders? When will we stop beng afraid to correct them? What are we afraid of? If we are afraid to correct leaders who sexually abuse children, may God have mercy on us. We shall be called into account.
We shall be called into account for what did Jesus say in defense of children? What did Jesus say about those who abuse God's little children? Let's go to Mark 9: 42 for the answer:
Mark 9:42 And whoever shall offend one of these little ones, that believe in me, it is better that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.
What have we become? What has the church become? Where are the men in Christ who are to protect women and children? What has happened to the to mothers of children who've been abused in churches? Where is their voice? What will they do to stop these abominations? What shall become of the many thousands of chrildren who have been raped in churches? Where will they go to heal? How shall they be helped? Who will help them?
We must stand up for our children and we must stop sexual abuse in the church. We must stand up or we shall be held into account. Any Christian leader, that believes that sexual abuse of children is a minor infraction that should be ignored, is in cahoots with the devil. Quiet as it's kept, the devil has taken up office in the church.
sisterssetfree | August 15, 2010 22:50
Psalm 91 gives us the Lord's protection. It is a sure and steadfast promise. I read it before I leave my house and the Lord God's words give me great comfort and security. The only way to be confident in Christ is to meditate and study the word of God. How can we have a firm faith and blessed assurance? This we can and will have if we delve deeply into the word of God and let it's blessed waves wash over us.
All fear is dissolved when we focus on God's word. Don't be fooled. Blessed assurance and faith can not develop by meditating ten minutes a day on the word of God. Blessed assurance and faith will not be developed by attending church once a week, The world has planted many lies in the mind. It will take time and dedication to the word of God to transform our thinking. If we truly want the mind of Christ. The first thing to do is fill our mind up with scripture.
Recite Psalm 91 before you attend to your daily business. Soon you will have it etched in your memory. It's a beautiful thing to know scripture by heart. Enjoy the Lord Jesus" study the word of God" study as if your life depended on it. Don't let your Pastor be the only one to experience it's glory.
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sisterssetfree | July 21, 2010 02:53
I recently received a response to a blog post I wrote where I gave my testimony of recovery from depression. The sender let me know that he did not believe me. I challenged him to pray to the Lord daily for thirty days and gave Him the assurance that God would reveal Himself. I would pray also. The response I got was even more negative. The sender did not believe that prayers for healing from mental illness would be answered. We mutually agreed that more often than not the church as a whole is ill-equipped to deal with Christians with mental illness. I assured Him that God Himself is not ill equipped for it is He who created the brain and the remedy for a broken mind. Still the response He gave was negative. I gave Him the Lord's blessing and ended the communication at that point.
I could feel sorry for this person and we often do feel sorry for those who persist stubbornly in their unbelief. But sorry or pity is not needed only prayer. It is God who can cause us to approach His throne room in faith according to the Psalms. I therefore pray for his restoration and redemption.
I can attest to the fact that there is nothing too difficult for God after years of clinal depression I have been healed. I must admit that for a time I had my doubts and wondered if I was eligible and worthy to be healed from what seemed to be one of the harder cases but there is nothing too hard for God. There is great healing in the fact that as believers we have been translated from the kingdom of darkness into God's kingdom of light. This to me is the ultimate in healing and true prosperity.
Christians who are broken in mind and spirit and suffer from mental illness are not exempt from God's grace and healing power if they are rejected by the church or otherwise mishandled God is not the author of that rejection and waits for us to seek Him for our healing. It was a great lesson for me to learn to depend on God alone for my healing and restoration. The word of God and His healing power are available for us all to access, study and obey.
We must not box up our heavenly Father and decide what He can and cannot do for He can do whatever He pleases. And it pleases Him to heal his children. If one experiences church rejection we know that all have come short of God's glory and we must refrain from using that as an excuse not to seek God with more diligence. We must have faith in God alone, not faith in our Pastor, Christian friends, doctor, family etc. Although we love our fellow Christians and our leaders we ust allow them their mistakes as God allow ours.
sisterssetfree | July 20, 2010 10:17
Many Christians can and do suffer from depression. I did and I'm sure you may know someone who is either depressed or not living an abundant life. God promises us joy and abundant life so why is it that there are Christians who do not have such joy?
As a new Christian I suffered from clinical depression. I have to confess to you that depression is a very self-absorbed activity. The moment I began to volunteer in my community the depression was soon a thing of the past. It takes a lot of negative thinking to work one self into a depressed state. God tell us that we are not to worry. God tells us to be still and He shall take care of everything. The scripture tells us to think on things that are of a good report. So then if we are dwelling on the negative we are in opposition to scripture and living according to the world. Those in the world are often constant complainers. Nothing is ever good enough. There is always a need or want that has yet to be fulfilled.
The confession that I must make to you is this: my depression was not only a sign of my own emptiness and need for more of what I thought I did not have but I was also unrepentant. The whole world was wrong except me. Everyone was to blames for my failures. An abused childhood was to blame. My friends were to blame. My high school teachers were to blame. Racism was to blame. Discrimination against women was to blame. The list of who was to blames seemed to get longer and longer.
And of course with blaming ,the sin of un-forgiveness. Poor me ,I was a poor victim and the world owed me something. The sin of un-forgiveness led me to drug addiction and a host of emotional symptoms. When I found the many logs in my own eye I learned to forgive. When I realized that no one was to blame but myself, I found relief. I've spent countless hours in counseling sessions whining and complaining with the rest of them and I can tell you that a worldly counseling session is just a complainers paradise.
When I was able to forgive myself and others all my addictions, stress, anxiety, depression, ingratitude, worry and all other emotional upheavals began to melt away. The key to all of this was true repentance. I had to admit that I was in the sin of un-forgiveness. After I had suffered enough and almost lost my life because of addictions I was finally ready to forgive and was convinced that all God's commandments are given to us out of love.
sisterssetfree | July 17, 2010 16:55
There is great power in forgiving others. Power to set captives free. When I first came to Christ I was extremely self-absorbed, no wonder I was drowning in a sea of depression. Not being able to forgive was a major stumbling block to my deliverance. I allowed my memories of a troubled past to take precedence over thoughts of hope and a future.
There is no such thing as a perfect Christian and we do grow in the things of God. We so often stall by being disobedient to the laws of God and as we know we do suffer greatly for it. The scriptures comfort us by proclaiming" all have come short of God's glory( Romans 3:23). Yes! I fell short of God's glory and was unforgiving. Yes! I fall short of God's glory but I have learned that the sooner we thirst for righteousness the more victorious we become in our walk with Christ. There is a major difference between a sinner without Christ and a sinner who has received Christ. The dividing factor between the two is "Power". Christ gives us the power to overcome sin if we choose to. Christ gives us the power to forgive others. As believers we may pray for a clean heart, a forgiving heart. We must ask the Lord to reveal any wicked way in us if we are sincere. Psalm 39 shows us the way:
When I first came to Christ I did not pray for a clean heart, I did not pray that my wicked ways would be revealed to me. I did not know about such prayers. As I grew in Christ and found I had not attained the abundant life I began to search myself and asked the Father for revelation of any wickedness in me. I embraced such prayers because I had the new revelation that God's commandments were for our freedom not for us to remain in bondage. The wages of sin were very heavy and oppressing. I wanted to please God who I knew loved me enough to give me the commandments. I saw the powerlessness in myself and chose the power of God through Christ. When I finally admitted my own faults I could forgive myself and others. Compassion expands in us when we follow the Lord's command to remove the log in our own eyes.
I used to hold on to unforgiveness as if it were my life jacket. Meanwhile remaining in unforgiveness had become a noose around my neck. I was choked and unable to receive the fulness of God. Choked and yoked like a horse that can no longer gallop. A choked and yoked horse can only stand still. My "faux life jacket" or "garment of unforgiveness anchored me in the dark waters of angry emotions and clinical depression. I would not allow the water of the word to cleanse me.
I praise God for His great mercy and compassion through Christ. A heart trained in forgiveness is better than a heart "dead set" on unforgiveness. An unforgiving nature will keep us dead in trespasses. Unforgiveness is a sin and all sin leads to spiritual death.
When we struggle with forgiveness we are bound to be depressed, anxious, bitter, full of strife and emotional upheaval.
There is a connection between unforgiveness and our level of faith which will hinder deliverance. It is found in the Gospel of Mark:
In the above scripture we learn that strong faith in God gives us power to remove any obstacle. The scriptures that directly follow these verses point out the connection between unforgiveness and levels of faith.
Here are the scriptures that directly follow:
Mark 11:25, 26-And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive Him that your Father in heaven may forgive you. "But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive you.
Notice that a scripture on the power of faith is immediately followed by a scripture on the importance of forgiving others. Jesus cursed the fig tree and explained that faith in God gives us limitless power. In the same lesson, Jesus goes on to say that our prayers can not be considered or answered unless we forgive others. Remember what Jesus said, He said "Have faith in God"
We can understand two truths from the above scriptures:
Forgiving others may seem like a daunting task. We may need to forgive ourselves in the process. A self-condemning nature also needs the balm of forgiveness. When we find it difficult to forgive the Psalmist gives us some precious, heart felt prayers that we can use to help ourselves pray.
Psalm 119- Oh that my ways were directed to keep your statutes! Then I would not be ashamed when I look into your righteous judgements Lord. I have chosen the way of truth. Your judgements I have laid before me. Give me understanding and I shall keep your law; indeed I shall observe it with my whole heart. Make me walk in the path of your commandments, for I delight in it. Direct my steps by your word, and let no iniquity have dominion over me.
sisterssetfree | July 17, 2010 07:03
God wants us to receive and experience His love. We can do that today. God is not far from us. He is very near. He is as near as we make Him. If you have suffered from abuse and are broken God will give you the love you desire. If you have a history of domestic violence, addictions, sexual abuse, spiritual abuse or any other abuse or affliction go to the source of true love which is Jehovah God through Christ. As children of the King a loveless life is not God's plan or desire for you. God loves you no matter what you have done. No matter what people have done to you. No matter how hated you may feel. Even if you suffer from a mental illness which often comes as a result of a history of abuse or a broken spirit, God loves you. You are His child.
God is not far from us. He is as near as we make Him through scripture study, prayer and devotion. We can meet and experience the love of God through Christ, moment by moment. There are examples of God's love in all things that have been created. The love of God, like a fingerprint, is stamped on all of His creations. All of nature smiles.
All of nature smiles upon us revealing the sweetness of God. The very breeze seems to whisper His name. God's invisible attributes, revealed through His creations, prove His existence.
The Book of Romans, chapter two helps us to understand:
sisterssetfree | July 16, 2010 08:02
What will you focus on today? Will you focus on what happened to you ten years ago or will you focus on ehats happening now? Will you focus on how sad you feel? Will you focus on your sorrow and regret or will you focus on the word of God? Will you focus on what others say about you or will you focus on what God says about you?
Will you focus on healing from depression or will you focus on your problems and practice talk therapy? The problem with "problem talk" is that it does not include "solution talk". Would you like to move forward and heal or would you prefer to travel backwards to stew in the past. Is your focus on healing or your history of heartache? In which direction are you steering your thoughts today? Did you know that depressing thoughts make the heart heavy? It makes sense doesn't it? What you focus on is what you will become.
The Book of Proverbs, verse twenty three helps us understand how our thoughts shape us:
What you focus your thoughts on is what you become. Depressing thoughts make the heart heavy. Will you focus on healing? Will you focus on the comforting words of Christ or will you pile your problems up in a heap of talk, talk, talk? Will you allow yourself to focus on the "now". What' s good in your life right now? What can you shout about right now? Will you focus on healing or will you focus on every single slight, hurt and affliction that has haunted you since the day you were born? The choice is yours. What is the Lord saying to you today and every day? The answer is found in the second Book of Corinthians, chapter five, verse seventeen.
Here is what is written:
Will you" talk up" your successes or will you talk up your failures? If you are in Christ you are brand new. Now is the time to forget your losses and "talk up" your gains. With each new day Christ makes you brand new again. He blesses you with another day to make your choice for the abundant life. Each day offers you another opportunity to choose what you will focus on. You are a new creature in Christ today, tomorrow and every single day of your life. Your thoughts belong to you alone. They are in your mind and you are the one who dictates how you shall think. You can choose to capture your thoughts and focus on the blessings that the Lord has already given you. The book of Deuteronomy gives us a divine sampling of some of the many blessings that you can choose to embrace.
When we bring this scripture into 2010 and beyond the meaning stays the same. We are blessed in every area of our lives. So what will you focus on today? Will you focus your mind on the word of God and be healed. Will you focus on transforming your mind with the word of God as stated in the book of Romans, chapter twelve?
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