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Father,

In my pain and anguish,

When my heart was broken,

And I thought darkness would overwhelm me,

I felt so lost and all alone, but I wasn’t.

Despite my anxiety, You were there with me,

Diligently working in my heart,

Stripping me of all of my pretense,

Scourging me of all of my arrogance,

Revealing each of my self-serving ways,

Which have made my life a wasteland.

For so long, I had no concern or awareness

About anything You wanted for my life.

My only desire was to find relief from my torment,

But Your concern was far greater and deeper.

I thought my anguish would never end

And that I would never smile at the future,

But I was completely mistaken.

In my anguish, I revealed the desire of my heart,

Repeatedly asking You to grant it,

But You never would, which still grieves me.

But what I have gained through my loss

May have more value than I ever imagined.

Out of the painful void, You have raised me up,

Placing my feet on solid, immovable ground,

Which has strengthened me with power

In the inner man—at the core of my being.

No longer fearful and timid, I’m peaceful and confident.

Instead of fretful apprehension filling my hours,

My countenance has become calm, strong, and sane.

It’s because You have changed my heart—

Completely transforming my perspective.

Without Your loving, consistent care,

I would never have learned my lessons,

And would have been destined

To repeat my mistakes endlessly,

Like an unreasoning animal

And not like a man—not like a child of Yours.

Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses. Look upon my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins. Look upon my enemies, for they are many; and they hate me with a violent hatred. Guard my soul and deliver me; do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in Thee. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for Thee. (Psalm 25:16-21)

To learn more about about the subject, go to: Recovering from Religious Abuse: 11 Steps to Spiritual Freedom.

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Father,

Having been used, abused, and discarded,

By those who insisted they spoke in Your name,

But most certainly did not,

My self-worth has suffered accordingly.

Having accepted their shaming castigation,

Which was cruelly inflicted upon me,

I have acted in ways contrary to my beliefs,

Which You have set forth in Your Word,

Having established them long ago in my soul.

Having tried to run from You for so long,

I now see how flawed my judgment has been.

Returning to You has required me to renew my mind,

Learning to look at life in a different way.

Thank You, Lord, for enlightening me—

For revealing that You have good things

Planned for me and not for calamity to reign.

At times, I still have trouble believing

That You really love me—just as I am.

The stinging indictment of my abusers

Has found fertile ground in my soul,

And continues to resonate, telling me that

I am a person without worth—without value.

But, when that happens, all I need to do

Is come before You and listen to You tell me,

You are my child—worthwhile, loved, and valued;

And I most assuredly have a purpose for your life.

The seers will be ashamed and the diviners will be embarrassed. Indeed, they will all cover their mouths because there is no answer from God. On the other hand I am filled with power—with the Spirit of the Lord—and with justice and courage to make know to Jacob his rebellious act, even to Israel his sin. (Micah 3:7-8)

To learn more about about the subject, go to: Recovering from Religious Abuse: 11 Steps to Spiritual Freedom.

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Father,

Having been wounded at the core of my being,

I have stopped seeking You—

Stopped praying, stopped looking to You

For leading, guidance, and wisdom.

Because I’ve been so angry, so hurt, and so humiliated,

I haven’t wanted anything to do with You.

In my pain, I have acted in ways

So shameful that I want to keep them secret—

To hide them from You and everybody else.

I didn’t intend for my life to be like this—

To become the person I know I am,

But my sins have exceeded my coping capacity,

And I am unable to control myself,

Which I foolishly believed I could.

My self-defeating behavior controls me,

And I can no longer hide from the truth.

I can no longer hide from You.

I am weary of hanging my head in shame—

Of medicating my pain with destructive behavior.

I’m also weary of churning my bitterness endlessly.

I know that my attitude feeds my rebelliousness,

And I’m fearful that my future will be controlled by my past.

I want to change—to regain control of my life,

But I am in a deep pit, from which there seems no escape.

I have frequently blamed others for my plight,

Choosing to embrace the role of a victim,

Convincing myself that I have been faultless,

But I can no longer justify my self-serving attitude.

I have been wrong and need to admit it

To You, as well as to myself.

For I joyfully concur with the Law of God in the inner man, but I see a different law in the member of my body, waging war against the law of my mind, and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin. (Romans 7:22-25)

To learn more about about the subject, go to: Recovering from Religious Abuse: 11 Steps to Spiritual Freedom.

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Father,

Having been used, abused, and discarded,

By those who insisted they spoke in Your name,

But most certainly did not,

My self-worth has suffered accordingly.

Having accepted their shaming castigation,

Which was cruelly inflicted upon me,

I have acted in ways contrary to my beliefs,

Which You have set forth in Your Word,

Having established them long ago in my soul.

Having tried to run from You for so long,

I now see how flawed my judgment has been.

Returning to You has required me to renew my mind,

Learning to look at life in a different way.

Thank You, Lord, for enlightening me—

For revealing that You have good things

Planned for me and not for calamity to reign.

At times, I still have trouble believing

That You really love me—just as I am.

The stinging indictment of my abusers

Has found fertile ground in my soul,

And continues to resonate, telling me that

I am a person without worth—without value.

But, when that happens, all I need to do

Is come before You and listen to You tell me,

You are my child—worthwhile, loved, and valued;

And I most assuredly have a purpose for your life.

The seers will be ashamed and the diviners will be embarrassed. Indeed, they will all cover their mouths because there is no answer from God. On the other hand I am filled with power—with the Spirit of the Lord—and with justice and courage to make know to Jacob his rebellious act, even to Israel his sin. (Micah 3:7-8)

To learn more about about the subject, go to: Recovering from Religious Abuse: 11 Steps to Spiritual Freedom.

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Father,

When I come before You,

I always pay lip service

To how awesome You really are.

When I say it, I mean it—sort of.

I know it’s true, but I’ll have to admit

That what I’m really interested in is me.

I acknowledge Your sovereignty because

I want “things,” from You—many things.

I want You to bless me—

To make my life easier and, most of all,

To make my will be Your own.

Nearly all of my prayers focus on

What You can do for me.

I’m interested in Your benovelence—

Not in getting to know You better.

That’s the truth, and I need to admit it.

I wish I was a better person than this.

I wish I had more character. but I don’t.

Admitting this embarrasses me,

But I have to be straightforward.

Father, I need You to change my heart,

To learn to seek You for who You are,

And not just what You can do for me.

Give me a heart to seek Your wisdom,

Rather than just Your generous hand.

Help me see beyond my limited world

To what You are doing with others.

Give me a heart for someone other than myself.

I recognize my selfishness; it’s ever before me.

I also know that You are busy in my life,

Changing me from the inside out,

Helping me to become a better child of Yours.

The heart is more deceitful than all else and is desperately sick; Who can understand it? I the Lord search the heart. I test the mind, even to give to each man according to his ways, according to the results on his deeds. (Jeremiah 17:9-10)

To learn more about about the subject, go to: Recovering from Religious Abuse: 11 Steps to Spiritual Freedom.

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Father,

Understanding Your will is not always difficult.

You are crystal clear about so many things—

About honesty, fidelity, compassion, and caring for others,

Which makes it nearly impossible to not know what to do.

But most of life isn’t that simple—

Nor is Your will that easy to discern.

It’s not black and white, which is what I would like.

Instead, it’s various hues of gray, making choices perplexing.

It seems like I never know in which direction You’re headed,

And yet You expect me to follow You blindly,

Putting my trust in You wholeheartedly—without reservation.

As I try to follow Your will, I have been forced

To step out boldly in faith so many times,

Never having a clue what the result will be.

When I do, nothing ever ends up the way

I thought it would or the way it should be.

It forces me to question if I heard from You accurately,

Or did nothing more than project my own desires,

Calling them Your leading, when they were not.

As I walk by faith, I never receive the answers I expect,

Which You could disclose but choose never to do.

I look at my situation, demanding to know the outcome,

While You look at it already knowing what that will be.

Your ways are beyond my ability to comprehend.

As others view my life, scornfully mocking,

Delighting at what looks like my certain failure,

I can only look to You for assurance that

You know what You have planned for me.

No matter how ridiculous others may view my plight,

From the depth of my soul, Your voice constantly assures me,

Be still my child and know that I am God.

I acquiesce, quieting my soul, becoming very still,

Acknowledging that You are God Almighty, and I am not.

When I do, I release all outcomes to You,

Accepting that I may look foolish to many,

But on the inside—where it really counts—

I know I’m becoming incredibly strong

In ways destined to have value.

“For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

To learn more about about the subject, go to: Recovering from Religious Abuse: 11 Steps to Spiritual Freedom.

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Refer to Step 3: I accept that the responsibility for getting back on track is mine and no one else’s.

Take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing: no one to blame.

—Erica Jong

In the many years I have been a Christian—some walking with the Lord, some not—I’ve noticed that a large number of believers have an incorrect perspective on life. They attribute their difficulties, especially their interpersonal conflicts, to the Devil. They will say something like this: Satan really has a hold on that person’s life, or The Enemy has really been coming against me in this situation.

Because the Scriptures teach that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces of wickedness, their conflicts assume a cosmic significance. While there may be a great deal of truth to that in some instances, my experience tells me that most of the problems come from the people themselves and not from forces of darkness. It’s easy to blame the Devil for everything. It absolves the person of the responsibility for their own actions.

For your recovery to work the way it should, however, you must accept the responsibility for your actions and not take the easy way out by blaming Satan for them. It simply doesn’t work, and in most cases, it isn’t true. When a problem manifests itself, you must always look for your part in it, and the sooner the better. If you’re being honest, you’ll usually find it.

If you’ve been foolish, admit it. Don’t deflect; don’t rationalize; and don’t project your problem onto another. Repudiate the darkness immediately and come to the light. Additionally, do whatever is necessary to make amends to the one you’ve offended.

It’s natural to want to avoid the responsibility for your actions, but as a child of God, your behavior must be different. If you’re to become as useful as you desire, looking to the Lord first has to become an engrained response. When difficulty comes, as it always does, your reaction to it is what determines your growth and how valuable your recovery will be.

If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us. (I John 1:8-10)

To learn more about about the subject, go to: Recovering from Religious Abuse: 11 Steps to Spiritual Freedom.

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Refer to STEP 1: I acknowledge that my life is shipwrecked and not where I want it to be.

When I live in the past, I live in regret. When I live in the future, I live in fear. When I stay in the present, everything is okay.

—Anonymous

After the pain of our abuse begins to subside, after we realize our life is going to take a very different direction than we wanted or expected, we start asking ourselves what lessons we need to learn from our painful experience. Although this may sound like a healthy place to start, it’s not. There’s one step before this, which needs to be addressed.

We need to ask ourselves, What do I need to unlearn from my experience?

If you make the decision to begin with this question, your recovery will be much more complete. Before we become fit and useful to ourselves and to others, we need to unlearn the errors we have internalized as true, while we were enmeshed in our deception. Until we do this, we will flounder, making less progress than we should.

It does no good to simply criticize our abusers, essentially throwing verbal stones at them. It may feel good for a moment, but it doesn’t help the healing process—not much, anyway. We need to do more.

We must recognize our deception and make a conscious decision to never be entrapped by the same falsehood again. By doing this, we will be unlearning whatever imprisoned us in the first place. Once accomplished, we will finally get back to square one. Upon reaching this spot, we will be ready to allow God’s Truth to cleanse us and renew our spirits.

But make no mistake about it—we have to unlearn our errors before our recovery will have lasting value. If we don’t, we remain vulnerable to the next abuser who comes along.

It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. (Galatians 5:1)

To learn more about about the subject, go to: Recovering from Religious Abuse: 11 Steps to Spiritual Freedom.

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Refer to Step 7: I will make a detailed, written account of my abusive experiences, as well as my subsequent behavior. I commit to being as thorough and honest as I’m able.

In the last half century, Christianity has undergone a fundamental change, especially in evangelical Protestantism. People no longer consider themselves to be as accountable as they once were. Because God forgives their sins by simply acknowledging them to Him, that’s all that’s needed in their eyes. Saying a quick prayer, they dismiss their behavior and move on to the next thing.

They rarely take into account the pain they’ve caused others, and they certainly don’t make amends for their actions. In their minds, they don’t believe it’s necessary. For them, forgiveness and accountability are vertical and never horizontal. Such thinking repudiates Scriptural teaching, and it leaves a trail of broken relationships that never heal.

That’s why taking inventory and writing down the exact nature of your wrongs is so important. It provides a level of introspection that’s healthy and appropriate, and it allows you to take a hard look at what you’ve have done.

It’s easy to dismiss poor behavior and to gloss over wrongdoing, when all you have to do is think about it. It’s much more difficult to be self-deceiving when you put it down with pen and paper.

Taking the time to be completely forthright is an essential part of recovery, and there’s no way to circumvent it. It’s healthy, appropriate, and absolutely necessary. After taking inventory for a while, it will cease to be a chore. Like flossing your teeth, you couldn’t imagine what life would be like without it. It’s that integral to recovery.

To learn more about about the subject, go to: Recovering from Religious Abuse: 11 Steps to Spiritual Freedom.

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Refer to Step 11: I make a commitment to nurture my relationship with the Lord, asking Him to reveal His will to me and to provide me with the power to carry it out.

I slept, and dreamed that life was Beauty;

I woke, and found that life was Duty.

—Ellen Sturgis Hooper

Every Sunday morning, you can go to thousands of churches across America and listen to a diatribe about what’s wrong with our nation. During some times of the year, it would be difficult to find a church where “Jeremiads” are not being preached. Nearly all of these messages place blame upon liberals, political correctness, and general godlessness in America. It’s rare for a church to cast the blame where it belongs—upon Christians like us, but I believe that’s where it belongs.

We’re in trouble because Christianity has more weak, Scripturally ignorant, morally corrupt, worldly-minded materialists than those who will stand by their convictions, regardless of the price they have to pay for doing so. To make matters worse, those who appear to be strong are often so self-righteous and judgmental that they turn off more people than they influence.

For society to improve, something has to change, and we are the ones who need to change—not hedonists and liberals. They never change. We’re the independent variable, not them.

We bemoan how far America has strayed from our noble origins. That may be true, but it’s the strength of Christians that has changed—not the influence of non-believers. If righteousness is to return to America, Christians must be the ones leading the way, but we have to do it from the inside out. Self-righteous condemnation of others will not get the job done. Neither will increasing church membership with people who haven’t a clue about who Christ really is and what He expects of His disciples. We already have enough of them.

The fruits of our lives— individually and collectively—must exemplify love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, mercy, and other positive character qualities. If we do this, leaders with renewed minds will arise out of our midst. If not, we’ll continue to spit in the wind at the liberals with predictable results.

He has told you O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8)

To learn more about about the subject, go to: Recovering from Religious Abuse: 11 Steps to Spiritual Freedom.

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Refer to Step 6: I refuse to become like those who have abused me and abandon my desire to spread malice because of my pain and my anger.

Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs.

—Charlotte Bronte

Having established a relationship with God through faith, you already have everything you need to facilitate your recovery. It’s inside you. Because you are His child, possessing all the rights that entails, you can recover just as soon as you make the decision to do so.

This isn’t just the power of positive thinking or putting a constructive spin on your situation. It’s real, and you can count on it.

You may feel lost, detached, helpless, and defeated, but you are not. You may feel like you are in the world—without God, forlorn, and beyond help—but you are not. You may feel like nothing good will ever happen to you again, but it doesn’t have to be that way. All is not lost—not even close, regardless of how you might feel about your circumstances.

As is so often the case, your recovery depends on how you choose to proceed. If you want to nurse your wounds and continue to blame those who have abused you, you can certainly do that. It’s your right, and it’s the path most people choose to follow, especially immediately after their painful experience.

Being angry is normal but, by becoming stuck in your anger, it will only lead to one thing—bitterness. When bitterness clutches your soul, it diminishes the quality of your life, insuring that you will never become the person God intended you to be. Bitterness can go so deeply into you that it’s as addictive as a controlled substance—a habit nearly impossible to break. Once it takes hold, it becomes part of you, diminishing your capacity for every positive character quality you’ve ever possessed. It can even alter how you look, producing a sour, defeated countenance, which is certainly not what you want for yourself.

Nothing good comes from it—nothing. If you’ve become bitter, it’s imperative that you make a conscious choice to break its hold upon you. Until that happens, no substantive recovery is possible.

And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. (Ephesians 4:30-31)

To learn more about about the subject, go to: Recovering from Religious Abuse: 11 Steps to Spiritual Freedom.

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Refer to STEP 3: I accept that the responsibility for getting back on track is mine and no one else’s.

Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.

—Will Rogers

By the time I was thirty-three, after having established my relationship with God as my core relationship in life years earlier, one might expect that I was a well-established man with strong character qualities, but that was not the case. In nearly every area of life, I was still a little boy who happened to look like a man. I was floating along in life, buoyed by good looks, charm, a great smile, and manipulation.

I had learned to talk the talk, but whenever difficulty came my way, I carefully skirted it, choosing evasion of responsibility over facing life on life’s terms. When my luck ran out and I was forced to make some difficult choices, I made a determination to be the person God created me to be.

Life was difficult for years but, because I had so little practice at living responsibly, it was much harder than it needed to be. The maturity I achieved came in a concentrated form, with the pressure remaining constant.

Now, many years later, I am an adult in every sense of the word, having my character forged in God’s winepress of adversity. It was a painful experience, but from the Divine standpoint, absolutely necessary. Without it, I would still have my gray hair, but all I would be is a little boy who looked like a mature man. The world is full of men who have never grown up. There’s a surplus; that’s for sure.

At long last, however, I can say that I’m not one of them. I owe that to God’s faithfulness and my commitment to recovery. In my case, I needed to recover from alcoholism as well as from religious abuse, but I’ve done it successfully for years—one day at a time.

As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there be waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him, who is the head, even Christ. (Ephesians 4:15-16)

To learn more about about the subject, go to: Recovering from Religious Abuse: 11 Steps to Spiritual Freedom.

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Refer to Step 10: I choose to believe God still has a purpose for my life—a purpose for good and not evil.

Great souls endure in silence.

—Friedrich Schiller

There’s something in each of us that wants to be heroic, to be noble, and above all, to be admired. It’s part of human nature—a characteristic common to all. While working the 11 Steps, perhaps the thought has occurred to you that your time has finally come—your time to shine in the sun—to be acclaimed and broadly admired.

If that’s a thought you’ve entertained, you’re correct to have done so. As you make strides in recovery, God is strengthening you with power in the inner man. Your value has skyrocketed because God is molding you to be the person He always intended for you to be. If you continue to follow Him, you will undoubtedly achieve more than you ever dreamed possible.

It’s unlikely, however, that you will ever see the full scope of your impact. You’re not meant to. It’s not God’s way. The trick is to see life as He sees it—not for God to see life, as you want it to be.

We want to be exceptional—to be noticed by those around us as a cut above the ordinary. It’s our calling; we’re certain of it, and we want everybody to take notice of who we have become. God’s criterion for success, however, is different than ours. He wants us to cultivate faithfulness and allow Him to be responsible for everything else. He wants us to keep our eyes on Him and not on our accomplishments.

It’s why He orchestrates our lives so carefully—never allowing us to measure the good we’ve done. More often than not, it goes unnoticed, except in His eyes. He sees what you’ve done, and He knows the state of your heart when you did it.

If you do something for public acclaim, you’ve obtained all the value you will ever receive from it. If, on the other hand, you are exceptional in the way you do ordinary things, you have become a co-laborer with God, and the value of your actions may be incalculable—blessings that may transcend generations. That’s what has value—eternal value.

Do not lay up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)

To learn more about about the subject, go to: Recovering from Religious Abuse: 11 Steps to Spiritual Freedom.

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Refer to Step 3: I accept that the responsibility for getting back on track is mine and no one else’s.

Many of us prefer to stay at the threshold of the Christian life instead of going on to construct a soul in accordance with the new life God has put within. We fail because we are ignorant of the way we are made. We put things down to the devil instead of our own undisciplined natures. Think what we can be when we are roused!

–Oswald Chambers—

The single greatest enemy to our recovery is our state of mind. Because we have been abused, we feel defeated and worthless, which is exactly the message our abusers want us to receive. That’s probably why they shamed us in the first place. Although it’s normal to have feelings of worthlessness as a result, it’s also self-defeating to internalize them and make them a part of who you are.

If you want to be a whole person—valuable to yourself and others—you must renew your mind and reject what your abuser has said about you. Don’t internalize it, but if you already have, make a commitment to renew your mind. Reject the false message immediately, and when it returns to your thinking—which it will—fight it tooth and nail.

The way to do this is simple: believe that God loves you and desires your recovery. The solution is easy, but summoning the will to transform your mind may be the most difficult thing you ever do. Nevertheless, do it as often as needed. You may have to do it every day—sometimes every hour. It’s difficult, but the value of making the effort is incalculable.

If you do this consistently, over time and slowly, you’ll change and become everything you were ever intended you to be. If you don’t make the effort, you’ll wallow in mediocrity and self-pity for years—perhaps decades. The choice is yours. Renew your mind or accept the lies, which have been said about you as the truth. As always, the choice is yours.

And for this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received from us the word of God’s message, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe. (I Thessalonians 2:13)

 

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Refer to STEP 7: I write down my experience completely and honestly, spelling out my abusive experiences in detail as well as my subsequent behavior.

The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in

escaping from the old ones.

—John Maynard Keynes

More often than not, people who have been verbally abused by a person in a leadership position have a tendency to accept more guilt than they should. It’s one of the reasons why the abused person withdraws from his or her relationship from the Lord. Such people have an innate tendency to feel unworthy—a belief their abusers tend to exploit.

After being shamed and ridiculed, many people’s sense of low self-esteem kicks in, and the wounded person reels emotionally from the experience. But that’s not all. After having endured the first instance of verbal abuse, the abusee has a tendency to accept guilt from then on—regardless of whether or not there is a valid reason to do so. It’s simply part of their character make up to accept blame; and the world is full of people who have no qualms about imposing it upon them.

That’s why it’s so important to think soberly. If you are the type of person who allows yourself to accept the lion’s share of responsibility when things go wrong, you need to constantly and repeatedly keep your heart and your mind open to God’s leading. You may be willing to continue in an abusive situation, thinking it’s either your lot in life or that you deserve it—neither of which is true. You don’t deserve it; and no one has the right to impose it upon you either.

It’s not God’s punishment, which you deserve. It’s abuse—pure and simple. God can definitely use the experience to make you a better person; but it’s His permissive will that allows it and nothing more. God loves you just the way you are, period—no ifs, ands, or buts about it; and He does not want you to be abused. When you find yourself in such a situation, it can help to journal about it. By writing about it—putting it all down on paper, you will become more objective and less emotive.

Therefore, let everyone who is godly pray to Thee in a time when Thou mayest be found; Surely in a flood of great waters they shall not reach him. Thou are my hiding place; Thou dost preserve me from trouble; Thou dost surround me with songs of deliverance. (Psalm 32:6-7)

To learn more about about the subject, go to: Recovering from Religious Abuse: 11 Steps to Spiritual Freedom.

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