Tuesday, January 21, 2014

"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?

I 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.

Living 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.

How 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 for real.

 

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From Seventh Dimension – The Door, a Young Adult Christian Fantasy:

“Shale, why are you standing there? Come on or you’ll be late to class.” Rachel was waiting at the hall lockers.

I walked towards her as the bell rang.

“Are you okay?” She furrowed her brow.

“I’m fine.” I smiled, pretending nothing had happened.”

—Shale Snyder and Rachel Franco, chapter one

 

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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 heart.

Jesus 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.

There’s 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.

Cast all your anxiety on the Savior and receive his love. Love covers a multitude of sins.

Denying 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.

After 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.
Help me to love others the same way you love me.
 
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