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He Has Overcome Evil

A chapter in the book Beauty for Ash and Stone

Day 29 - Lies About God (Part 2)

by MelB




Background
Christian Devotional for Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Day 29

~ Lies – God (continued) ~

 
4.  Lie:  God is disgusted with me.
 
TRUTH: What was it like in your childhood home?  If one or both of your parents were angry, or if verbal or physical fighting ensued, you will automatically believe God is angry and disgusted with you.  If your parents were critical, more than likely, you believe God is a judge and jury ready to bang the gavel down any time you make a mistake.  The truth is God loves you and understands you.  He is slow to anger, offers forgiveness when we confess our failures to Him, and He does not hold them against us.

“The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger and abounding in mercy and loving-kindness.” (AMP)  

 

5.  God is punishing me for being a terrible person.
 

TRUTH:  We live in a fallen world.  This means bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people.  When we broke away from God and went our own way, we chose a path without God.  And where God isn’t, suffering and evil prevail.  God often uses evil for good.  In Genesis 37, Joseph was hated by his brothers, because of his fathers’ love for him.  Joseph had a dream that he would rule over his brothers, and they were jealous of him.  They sold Joseph into slavery, but Joseph ended up ruling all of Egypt.  Joseph saved his family and the people from starvation and fulfilled God’s promise to Abraham for the creation of the Israel nation.  I don’t know why God allowed you to be abused, but I can tell you He will use it for good.  It might be so you can help someone else in the same situation.

“God is for us, not against us (Romans 8:31).  He has good plans for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11), and He loves us with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3).
 

6.  I can’t trust God because He didn’t stop the abuse.
 

TRUTH:  God never promised we wouldn’t have trouble, but He did promise to be with us during dark times in our lives.  God allows “free will” in this world.  He did this so people could make their own decision whether they come to Him or not.  God could have made us all like robots, where we had no choice to love or follow Him.  If you are a parent, would you want your child to love you because they were forced to or would you rather they love you because they chose to do so?  Because of this free will, it means people also choose not to follow God.  Man’s heart without God tends toward evil and that means bad things will happen in this world.  God has promised us that one day He will make all things right.  We have to trust that He will keep His word.
 
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcome the world.”  John 16:33

 


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