"Pretending," Devotional from "Am I Okay, God? Devotionals from the Seventh Dimension"
Therefore, humble yourselves under the
mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your
anxiety on him because he cares for you.
—I Peter 5:6-7
Has someone done something
that upset you and you pretended it didn’t happen?
find it difficult to express my pain when it involves the offense of others. But
it is not honest to pretend that I am not bothered by something when I am hurt.
in denial about our sin can be just as dangerous. For example, try to convince
an alcoholic that he is an alcoholic. Unless he is willing to admit it, he will
not be freed from his addiction. If you live in denial, you’re limiting your
future. You’re limiting God’s ability to heal you.
can God help you if you aren’t honest—painful are the wounds of the wicked or
the dagger of an enemy. Persecution does not live in a pretend world. Satan is
Seventh Dimension – The Door, a Young
Adult Christian Fantasy:
why are you standing there? Come on or you’ll be late to class.” Rachel was
waiting at the hall lockers.
walked towards her as the bell rang.
you okay?” She furrowed her brow.
fine.” I smiled, pretending nothing had happened.”
Snyder and Rachel Franco, chapter one
Jesus is known as the great physician. In the
Gospels, Jesus healed many of diseases and afflictions. He not only healed
physical ailments but he healed people emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.
If someone has done something to you and you can’t talk about it, go to the
Bible and read the Gospel of Luke, allowing the words from Jesus to soothe your
went through the shame and humiliation of the cross so you could be set free.
Lay your burden at the base of the cross and rejoice that Jesus can carry this
burden for you.
no greater love than the love of the father for his children. His love is
greater than any hurt. You may not believe it because you can exert a lot of energy
minimizing an offense.
all your anxiety on the Savior and receive his love. Love covers a multitude of
your pain will only bury it deeper. Minimizing it will not make you feel
better. Ask God to help you. His love will lead you to healing and his word
will bring you comfort.
you have read the Bible and prayed, share your experience with your parent,
friend or counselor, trusting God to bring you deliverance.
Dear Jesus, thank you for comforting me when
I feel down or confused or hurt. Whenever I doubt, I will remember that you
love me unconditionally.