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25 October 2013
GOD-TRACKING IS BELIEVING THAT NOTHING CAN SEPARATE YOU FROM HIS LOVE
Young Doreen was a tender child. She loved her mom and dad very much but living on the East End of London during the time of the Second World War was not easy. Sadly, her dad was an alcoholic, which meant there was no money for basic necessities. When she was 11-years old, Doreen’s mom walked out on the family after her dad had an affair. The new woman in her life was very abusive and bullied Doreen and her sisters badly. Gradually Doreen’s esteem was so stripped away that she found herself lost to the evils of witchcraft. But God had his hand on this little child. She later discovered the love and power of the Lord God Almighty through the Cross and gave her life to Jesus. Repenting of her black crafts Doreen Irvine became a woman sold out for Jesus. (You can read the story of Doreen Irvine in the book From Witchcraft to Christ.)
Psalm 143 is a prayer of another person who was bullied and abused, that of King David. As a young man David was called by God and anointed king of Israel, while King Saul was still on the throne. Saul was not a nice guy and would attack David violently for no reason. David endured this abuse for many years during which time he wrote many psalms. I call these the “Blues Psalms”, because good ol’ Dave pours out his woes to God. Three times he writes, “Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?” but then he always appends these words with, “Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.”
Perhaps you find yourself in a predicament similar to Doreen Irvine or King David. It could be that you are being bullied (or have been bullied) at home, at work or at school. It may be so bad that you fear the very thought of being near your abuser. This abuse may not only necessarily be physical. Many people are verbally and emotionally abused to the extent that they can no longer face tomorrow. If that’s you then allow me to say to you that you are loved; much loved! Neither are you alone. If you know and follow Jesus as Lord of your life then you are on the winning side. Listen: greater is he who lives in you than the one who lives in the world. Nothing can separate you from God’s love, not even violent abuse.
If you are suffering abuse let me encourage you to not stand for it! Be courageous and seek godly help. The pain will only escalate if you keep it all to yourself. Then rest in your Lord’s grace and strength today. For his name's sake he will preserve your life; in his righteousness, he will bring you out of trouble.
God-tracking is believing that nothing can separate you from his love
It’s all in the Book…
Psalm 42:5 & 11 & 43:5
1 John 4:4 & 7-21
Verse of the Week
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?
Quote of the Week
A Sample of Dudley’s Fave Quotes
“God has created us in his image and put each of us here on earth for specific purposes. That means every human being has intrinsic value, preciousness, meaning and dignity.” --- Frank Peretti
Don’t Give Up, Look Up!
Look up and Fix Your Eyes on Jesus!
Holy Spirit leads my God-track on level ground
“Lord, you show me the way I should go, because I lift up my soul to you. You save me from those who bully and abuse me, as I hide in you. Help me to remain in your will, O Lord my God; your Holy Spirit leads my God-track on level ground. Preserve my life to the honour of your name and bring me out of trouble by your righteousness. By your unfailing love, silence those who abuse me and those who deliberately cause me pain. I commit myself to be your servant. Amen”
(Paraphrased from Psalm 143)
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