Are you tired of living like a victim?

My heart goes out to victims … innocents who have been abused in a multitude of ways by someone stronger, meaner, and greedier than they.  Being a victim changes how you think. It makes you feel powerless. It makes you suspicious of even good people. It makes you look for what’s hidden in every situation.

Most of us know what this feels like.  To some degree, we’ve all been victims of someone else’s choices. Obviously, not all situations cause the same amount of harm. My daughters were victims of power-mongers who warred in Liberia. My husband and I have been victims of theft and fraud. Not really comparable, but we each carry scars.

Today on my Encouragement for Today devotion, I told of a time when I was a victim of a completely different kind of attack:  fear. What I didn’t say in the devotion was I know that was not a normal fear. It was a spiritual attack, with it’s roots in the demonic.

Satan uses all kinds of attacks to weaken us and fill our hearts with lies. Lies about our worth, our future, our potential. Lies about other people, opportunities and situations. Satan is the father of lies, and he sees the hurts we’ve experienced and swoops in to twist our thoughts into messed up knots. Rather than looking at situations with truth, he creates distortions.

The only way to not get sucked into perpetual victimhood, and to find freedom from the lies, is to stand on truth.  Not the “truth” that feels right in the moment. Not the “truth” of our culture. But the real Truth that doesn’t change.

This Truth is only found one place, and that’s in the Bible. This is the truth that will set us free. But only if we know it.

Jesus said, “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’” (John 8:31b-32 )
I experience this anew just yesterday. I’ve been dealing with a relationship for almost 10 years that has tested and tried me in every way possible. It’s one I can’t really write much about to protect the other person (it’s not my husband), but this morning after discovering yet another rejection and deception, my heart was heavy. And then the You Version verse of the day popped up on my phone:
“When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’ your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.19 When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.” (Psalm 94:18-19)
I opened it up and read all of Psalm 94, and the Lord’s reassurance that He will not overlook the harm done to me, sustained me. It changed my perspective. It brought hope.

What we don’t know doesn’t change our lives. God’s Word, when we read it and apply it to our lives, has the power to change everything.

At Proverbs 31, we believe in the power of the Word of God so much, we are getting ready to launch a free app that will bring God’s Word to you in a fresh new way. It’s called the First 5 and we are designing it to be the first thing you’ll see in the morning, before social media or emails can distract you.

I can’t wait for this app to be ready, because I can’t get enough of God’s Word. I hope you will join me in supporting this app, and in signing up for it once it’s ready.

Jesus promised us freedom … and it’s found in His Word.

I don’t know about you, but I’m really tired of feeling like a victim. I need more freedom in my life.

I’m so grateful for your friendship. If I can pray for you today, please leave a comment on my blog.