Devotional 3/29

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

Sometimes the worst place you can be, is in your own head.

Nobody is born with an identity: identity is something that evolves over time. Identity is in what we associate ourselves with and how we understand and perceive things. Identity is vitally important because it can either make us  act accordingly, or act incorrectly.

Children see things in an egocentric way, and everything leaves a mark on them.

  • For instance, newborns depend on their parents and when the perception of their parents is disappointed or shattered: children internalize the events. This child then, being unable to process complex information experiences trauma.

Trauma is any experience which negatively impacts someone outside of their control: car accident, witness of crime, betrayal, disappointment, heartbreak, etc.

Children and adults who experience trauma, usually live in a pattern of some sort. 

  • As a general example, someone who has been violated through verbal, sexual or domestic abuse, could identify with unworthiness: unworthy of being loved, good fortune or happiness. They usually accept any type of love, suffer anxiety, settle for less, allow others to abuse them and/or abuse themselves. The way to overcome trauma is to open our hearts before God, confront our issues and develop resiliency.

Resilient:

  •  capable of withstanding shock without permanent deformation or rupture
  • tending to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change

When we are affirmed, we can use positive impacts and encounters to re-identify ourselves. We can change our stories and become resilient. Satan’s power is his way of seducing us into believing his lies. Our identity is in Christ. We are seated in the heavens, right next to Jesus, and that same Jesus gave us the power to tread over snakes and scorpions, and nothing shall by any means hurt us. We are more than our feeling, more than our desires, and more than our history. We are stronger than outside forces and circumstances. We have the power to change our lives!

Fight against the lie that says you will not make it! Fight the lie that says you are not good enough! Fight the lie that says you are helpless!

Remember David, you are David. He fought Goliath, because He knew God was with Him and He believed in himself! He sinned against God, and had to live with the turmoil which sin brings, that was hard. His first son died, that was hard. The man he served wanted to kill him for no reason, that was hard! And his own son wanted to dethrone him, and be king of Israel.. that was hard! But God was with David, he encouraged himself and he kept his foot in front of the other.

God is with you and He chose you, because He believes you are enough! You are able to deal with ALL things!

Let’s pray:

Lord God Almighty, thank you for your love, your might and power. Thank you for making hope the anchor of our souls. Thank you that we are able to do all things through you, because you make us strong! I love you Lord. Today I ask you for those who are battling with depression, anxiety, heartbreak, bitterness, disappointment, rejection, suicidal thoughts and all negative darts of the enemy. Send your fire Lord and consume all the inconsistencies in our minds and hearts. I plead the blood of Jesus over us and our families in Jesus name. Amen.  

 

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