God Provides Healing for Our Soul

PTSD, known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, is not isolated to the armed service men and women. It affects other people as well. Survivors of childhood abuse – physical, sexual, mental and emotional abuse – suffer heinous crimes that leave them with PTSD also.

 

Some people experience trauma repeatedly during this time of abuse. These chronic assaults affect our sense of security, emotional and mental development, and personality.

 

This disturbs the way we relate to other people, events in our life, and our ability to focus and to pay attention for long intervals. We also have trouble with organization, and rational thought processes.

 

We rarely, if ever, feel confident, expectant or hopeful. We survive each day by using a great deal of self-effort. We fear that if we speak out or share what happened to us, it will happen again or people will not believe us.

 

During the abuse, some of our brain cells died; and now we often act irrationally and we suffer from anxiety as a way of life. We develop coping mechanisms in our attempt to control life, so that we may have a respite from exploitation.

 

Some of us will even develop multiple personalities in order to cope with our past abuse and to survive in our current world. We live with debilitating fears and insecurities. We withdraw within our self and do our best not to attract attention to our self.

 

Others cope by dissociating from the trauma, and we bury the memory deep in our subconscious mind. Parts of our true self splinter off and stay in the past with these memories; yet they haunt us for the rest of our life, until we persevere in prayer and allow God to heal us. (http://www.transformationprayer.org)

 

God provides us with a stabilizing effect in our life, building our identity in Him rather than in our self or anyone else. He helps us to reclaim that part of our personality from which we disassociated, and we feel more connected to Him and to our life, as He fills us with His peace.

 

Prayer:

Father God, knowing You provides us with the ability to reject Satan’s lies and to walk in Your Truth. Our anxiety over our current trials, as well as our shame over the past, melt away as we live each moment in the center of Your will.

 

Remind us to spend time reading Your Word, which gives us a complete understanding of who You are and who we are in You (Galatians 2:20). Our daily devotional time prevents us from forming false concepts of who You are, and who we are in You. We want to grow closer to You each day of our life.

 

Thought for the Day:

A person entombed by abusive behavior learns to adapt to their fearful and insecure lifestyle and to build walls between them and the untrustworthy people in their world; they learn to attempt to control life to keep unwanted surprises from blindsiding them.

 

Jesus as Our Yoke-Fellow

We rarely rest in this modern society, because we cannot shut off our mind or find time in our busy schedule to slow down. With work-a-holics as parents, we did not learn to rest.

 

We hardly ever take the time to pause to pray or to acknowledge God at all (Proverbs 3:5-6). Instead, we rush through life, controlled by opportunities to amass the almighty dollar, never satisfied and always wanting more.

 

We forget that God has a perfect plan for our life, and that He loves us and cares for every aspect of our life. He gives us His Spirit to guide and empower us, as well as to give us wisdom.

 

When God is in control, He replaces our carnal personality with the fruit of His Spirit. We exhibit love rather than hatred, true joy rather than depression, peace rather than discontentment, patience rather than irritation, gentleness rather than criticism, goodness rather than backbiting, meekness rather than pride, self-control rather than excess, and the faith of God rather than worry, because we are controlled and guided by His Spirit.

 

Love is affection for others; joy is exuberance about life; peace is serenity; patience is a willingness to persevere; gentleness is compassion from the heart; goodness is kindness that pervades our entire being; meekness is humility and service; self-control is to be guided by the Spirit; faith is to trust that God knows what He is doing (Galatians 5:22-23).

 

When we realize that our true identity comes from our relationship with God, and that His opinion of us is all that really matters, we blossom wherever He plants us.

 

We live as a praise and honor to His name rather than our own name. When we yoke up with Jesus, our lot in life becomes easier and lighter (Matthew 11:30). We enjoy a deep intimacy with Him as our yoke-fellow.

 

Prayer:

Father God, teach us to appreciate, admire and cherish those people that You put into our life, regardless of the ways their character or personality irritates us. Help us to exhibit patience and compassion for others, and to follow Your Spirit’s leading in order to live as a blessing to others.

 

 

Remind us to spend time abiding in Your eternal Sabbath rest so that we can concentrate on what is truly important in this life. Keep our focused on Your Kingdom, and enable us to walk in Your ways every moment of our life. We delight in Your Word and we cherish our intimate union with You.

 

Thought for the Day:

God gives us work to do for His Kingdom that bears lasting, eternal fruit. We no longer work for fleeting, temporal treasures, but we store up our treasure in Heaven where thieves cannot steal it and where rust and moths cannot destroy it. –  Matthew 6:19-21

 

The Source of Our Supply

Broken-hearted people have no hope, and feel helpless, discouraged and in despair. The only way to transcend this sad state of affairs is to humble our self before God.

 

Once we surrender our circumstances to God and trust in Him to work out everything for our good (Romans 8:28), the peace of God floods our soul and fills us with contentment and hope, regardless of our worldly issues.

 

God fills us with His Spirit and presence so that we are not alone. We have all the power of the Trinity resident within us. God answers our prayers and reveals the seed for a miracle, which He planted within our current trial.

 

God is close to the broken-hearted and He gives us special care (Psalm 34:18). He even keeps all of our tears in His unique bottle (Psalm 56:8). His grace makes us sufficient to deal with whatever He allows to come our way.

 

Our Father enlightens the eyes of our heart in order to help us to understand the hope to which He calls all of His Saints, as well as to realize the depth of riches we receive from our glorious inheritance as His holy people (Ephesians 1:18).

 

We learn to rejoice in the God of our salvation (Habakkuk 3:18), and to pour out our love to Jesus for paying for us the penalty of our sins. In exchange, He gives us His right-standing with God.

 

God’s Son is our ever-present rock, stronghold, tower and help in every trial. We offer our thanks to Him for all of His blessings, including the incessant trials that He designs to protect us, perfect us and teach us to trust only in Him.

 

Prayer:

Father God, we find our true, inner peace in the shadow of Your wings (Psalm 16:1). You abundantly bless us through Your consistent and generous supply. You give us peaceful places of rest in the midst of this wicked and perverse world in which we live.

 

Thank You that we are only passing through this troubled earth, which groans for the revelation of Your Sons (Romans 8:19). We look forward to Your provision for all of our needs now and in eternity. We focus on You, and we delight in Your presence and Your Spirit in our life.

 

Thought for the Day:

God is our source of supply for the provision of all of our needs – not our mate, siblings, children, vocation, friends, hobbies or bank account.

 

Reaping and Sowing

As an authentic Believer, we grow to realize that we reap the same results that we sow – whether positive or negative (Galatians 6:7-8); and we reap the same amount that we sow – whether stingily or abundantly (2 Corinthians 9:6).

 

However, God is gracious and His love is abundant and unconditional. We will either reap the fruit of our misguided, unprofitable life, or we can reap the mercy and forgiveness of God in place of our stumbling human efforts (Galatians 6:9; 1 John 1:9).

 

God promises that we shall reap if we do not grow weary and faint (Galatians 6:9). The ground may be rocky or thorny or full of weeds; but if we seek God’s will into which fields we should sow our energy, there is always good ground into which we can put our efforts (Proverbs 3:5-6).

 

God cares about every issue that concerns our life. He supernaturally provides,, or puts it on the hearts of other people to provide all of our needs. God even supplies our paycheck through our employer.

 

It is so easy to rely on our human resources, rather than to trust in God for every area of our life (2 Corinthians 10:5). We get so wrapped up in the treasures of this world, that this causes us to forget that God created us to live as His emissaries in His spiritual world.

 

Some people even get sidetracked into satanic spiritualism, eventually reaping demonic destruction in every area of their life. Living a life of debauchery is not necessary, because God always gives us a way to escape the devil’s temptations (1 Corinthians 10:13).

 

God’s Spirit changes us from glory to glory (2 Corinthians 3:18). His presence in our life makes us more and more immune to temptation, because sin holds no more lure for us. We just are not interested in depravity any longer and we find no pleasure in such activities.

 

Prayer:

Father God, when we choose to follow our flesh, the world or the devil, we get sidetracked from following after You. We reap negative consequences that eternally affect our life. Our thoughts, emotions and choices lean toward negative perspectives and attitudes. We live in a downward spiral and usually do not even realize it.

 

Bring us out of the miry quicksand of this sin-cursed world and into the glorious light of Your presence. Draw us close to You and never, ever let us go back into the world. Discipline us so that we do not slide back into the world of decadence and destruction. We serve at the pleasure of our King Jesus and we ask You to allow us to make a difference in our place in the cosmos for Your Kingdom.

 

Thought for the Day:

God has a perfect plan for our life that starts with believing on Jesus for salvation, continues with God’s Spirit sanctifying us and making us more holy every day, and when we see Jesus face-to-face we will shall be just like Him – glorified body and all.

Shattered Pieces Restored

Trials and tribulation are an inevitable part of a normal life on this sin-cursed earth. In our life, we are constantly faced with trauma of one sort or another. Fear overwhelms us, and we struggle with keeping our faith.

 

As an abuse victim in my childhood, I spent the over half of my life trying to keep myself safe from further trauma. I lived in fear and insecurity; therefore, I attempted to control my life and the people in it, so that I would no longer experience the pain of rejection, abuse and deprivation.

 

I thrived on the status quo in my life remaining stable and reliable. This is where I bloomed the best. Unfortunately, my former husband’s choices kept us moving frequently.

 

This required me to constantly adjust my comfort level in order to keep myself from falling off the edge of sanity and into the bottomless pit of anxiety and terror.

 

At age 43, God upended my life in a greater way than ever before. He took away all control that I believed I had acquired. My husband of 22 years decided that there was no option for us but divorce.

 

This upheaval of the only stable portion of my life caused me to cast aside all of the safety nets I erected around myself. What I discovered was that these deceptive webs actually restricted me rather than kept me safe.

 

At this traumatic time in my life, I totally and irrevocably cast myself upon the Lord, because I have always known without a doubt that He cares for me (Hebrews 13:5).

 

In this same time frame, I had no job and little employable experience, but neither did I want to live in a place where I was simply tolerated rather than cherished.

 

My husband recommended that I return home with my parents and brothers, because they offered me refuge and employment. My church counselor advised me to follow his advice, since he was still technically my covering in Christ.

 

My hope was that my husband would relocate to help care for his aging parents in a town near to where my parents lived, and that God would put the relationship back together; this never happened.

 

I was faced with having to make my own way in the world, but I could not do it. God became my refuge and strength on a deeper level than ever before. My intimacy with Him increases as I learn, with each new morning, to totally surrender control to Him (Proverbs 3:5-6).

 

Eighteen months after I moved back home, the Lord allowed me to meet my current husband of over two decades. Through the years, we have learned to meld together with one another in unity in body, soul and spirit, as well as with God’s Spirit (Psalm 133:1).

 

We appreciate and cherish one another and have fun together – doing things that we both enjoy. I am safely tucked under the shadow of the Almighty’s wings, and I feel secure regardless of the circumstances in my life.

 

Prayer:

Father God, Your Spirit taught me that being breakable is not the end of the world. Your power is released in us when we are broken, adaptable and obedient to Your will. This attitude frees us from the futility of attempting to control life in our human abilities.

 

I learn that when we explode into fragments, it is in the power of Your grace that we survive. Please turn all of our shattered pieces into a collage for Your glory; and give us the courage to face another day through Your love, peace and strength within us. Lead us in Your everlasting way and bring us to the place where we totally trust in Your love and provision for our life (Psalm 139:24).

 

Thought for the Day:
Living each day immersed in an intimate relationship with the Trinity allows us to face trials with joy, and to actually look forward to this new adventure in which God has surely planted a seed for a miracle. – James 1:2-4

Totally in Control

As youngsters we trust unconditionally; yet, as life progresses, we experience setbacks and disappointments that erode our confidence and trouble our soul. Therefore, as adults, we keep a close guard in order to retain control over our life.

 

We struggle to maintain a smooth order in our life. Crazily, life breaks out of our little box, which we build to confine and conform it to our will, and it throws us for a loop.

 

We end up living in stress with wasted time, money and energy used in our struggle to divert catastrophes that occur beyond our control. These unsuccessful attempts either strengthen our resolve to conquer life, or show us our need for a savior.

 

God alone is able to control the winds, rains, nations and their leaders, and the issues in our own lives. As we walk in sync with His will, our lives are converted and our joy is complete (John 15:11).

 

Each moment of our life is controlled and guided by God’s Spirit (Ephesians 3:16-19, Amplified Bible). Our faithfulness to God increases as our intimacy with God blossoms. He is our example of faithfulness in every way.

 

There is nothing we need that God is not willing to supply, including our Savior. God became man in the form of Jesus Christ in order to pay our debt for the penalty of our sins.

 

God is able to make all grace abound to us in our times of need. He softens the blows that the devil uses to punch the life right out of us and He gives us His truth to expose Satan’s lies.

 

He provides us with His universal Body across both the continents and the ages. We are unified with one another by God’s Spirit. He is able to make all grace abound to us, and He gives us new mercies every morning.

 

Prayer:

Father God, thank You for supplying all of our needs through Your glorious riches (). You make our heart sing and You set our feet to dancing. We rejoice in the fact that You adopted us into Your Family to live as co-heirs with Jesus throughout eternity.

 

We want nothing more than to serve in Your Kingdom and to live in the center of Your will. You bring us Your joy and peace through the uncontrollable circumstances of our life and we trust that You will always plant a seed for a miracle in every trial that we will ever experience.

 

Thought for the Day:

We can be filled through our entire being with all the fullness of God, s that we have the richest measure of His divine presence within us and we become a person wholly filled with God Himself. – Ephesians 3:16

 

 

 

God’s Sabbath Rest

God invites us to enter with Him into His Sabbath rest. He offers us a place under the shadow of His wings to escape the hectic pace of our lifestyle.

 

When we realize that our true identity comes from our relationship with God, and that His opinion of us is all that really matters, we blossom wherever He plants us.

 

We live as a praise and honor to His name rather than our own name. We yoke up with Jesus, and our lot in life becomes easier and lighter (Matthew 11:30). We enjoy a deeper intimacy with Him as our yoke-fellow.

 

If we commit to step aside for a few minutes several times during the busyness of our day, we can experience this rejuvenating rest. We take time to breathe deeply, to enter into God’s presence, and to focus on Him and His will for the next moment of our life.

 

Our soul experiences peace that transcends human capabilities, our spirit grows stronger through our connection to His influence, and our body heals of many of its diseases.

 

As we mature in the Lord, we make more time to spend segments of rest in His presence, and to focus our entire being on Him (Psalm 46:10). We bless Him for who He is and for His abundant love for us.

 

This time can be just a few moments or an extended period. Then, we abide in God’s rest as His Spirit directs the remainder of our day; and we follow along with His plans instead of our own.

 

Prayer:

Father God, help us not to give Satan a foothold into our life by allowing his thoughts to infiltrate our soul – our thoughts, decisions and emotions. We do not want to unwittingly open a door into our soul for him to take advantage of us, to side-track us and to destroy our witness for You.

 

Reveal his lies to us so that we can combat them with Your Truth.  Strengthen us in our spirit as we respond to Your will for each moment of our life. Now and always, we want to serve at the pleasure of our King Jesus, following Your will for our life and living in Your Sabbath rest each moment of our day.

 

Thought for the Day:

Once we learn to abide in God’s Sabbath rest, rather than pursuing meaningless activities in life, we find peace and joy and live in the power and anointing of abiding in the center of God’s will.