MAY 7, 2014
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." Romans 8:37 (NIV)
It was a day like any other. She awakened to the usual routine: Rouse her children from bed. Prepare lunches. Pack bags. Drive carpool. Work out. Return home.
A day like any other ... until she walked into the kitchen.
She heard a text alert from a phone on the counter. Not hers, but her husband's. A name she didn't recognize. A woman's name. Probably a new co-worker. Or a client. She trusted him. Right?
Something drew her to the words on the screen. Reading through the intimate communication, waves of nausea overcame her. She scrolled through more texts ... words that pierced her heart.
She heard her husband step out of the shower. What would she say?
She said nothing.
That night, she confronted him. He confessed, apologized and promised to end it. She wanted to believe him, but she knew how difficult that would be. The woman lived in another state. They worked and traveled together often.
How could I ever trust him again? she thought to herself.
Months passed. She discovered more texts and e-mails. So she asked him to leave, at least temporarily.
She appeared at my door, tears streaming. She poured out her heart as she shared his betrayal. Betrayal that flooded the depths of her soul. My heart ached.
She felt abandoned and alone. Words escaped me. But I knew she didn't need my words. She needed truths and promises from the One who would never betray her, never abandon her, never leave her. So I gave my friend a Faith Declaration to remind her of who she was in Christ and the promises that, no matter what happened, could never be taken away. Here's what I shared with her that day ...
You are Loved
"For I have every confidence that nothing – not death, life, heavenly messengers, dark spirits, the present, the future, spiritual powers, height, depth, nor any created thing – can come between us and the love of God revealed in the Anointed, Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:38-39, The Voice)
You are Known by Almighty God
"You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed." (Psalm 139:15-16, NLT)
You are Forgiven
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9, NIV)
You are Redeemed
"My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." (Galatians 2:20, NLT)
You are God's Masterpiece, Created with a Purpose
"For we are the product of His hand, heaven's poetry etched on lives, created in the Anointed, Jesus, to accomplish the good works God arranged long ago." (Ephesians 2:10, The Voice)
You are More Than a Conqueror
"No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." (Romans 8:37, NIV)
Has someone broken your heart? Betrayed you? Lied to you? Used you?
Are you feeling lost? Alone? Defeated? Desperate? Unworthy? Unloved?
You are not alone. Jesus understands. He identifies with our pain and suffering. Those He created betrayed Him. Those He loved abandoned Him.
Jesus, our Savior and Redeemer, understands.
Through His living and active Word, He has given us truths and promises to heal our gaping wounds ... to bring hope to what seems hopeless ... to speak truth to the lies.
Sweet friend, pray this declaration over your circumstances. Plant these seeds of truth in your heart. God will water them and grow deep roots of love, hope and faith.
Heavenly Father, I pray this declaration over my life today. Plant these truths and promises deep in my heart, water them with Your love and make them come alive in my circumstances. I ask this in the Name of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.
TRUTH FOR TODAY:
Psalm 119:50, "This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has given me life." (KNJV)
Visit Wendy Blight's blog for a free copy of her Faith Declaration for yourself or a hurting friend.
To grow deeper in the truths and promises of God, order a copy of Wendy's new book, Living So That: Making Faith-Filled Choices in the Midst of a Messy Life, by clicking here.
Ever tried to heal your gaping wounds on your own? Or wondered if it's possible for God to really heal them? You might appreciate The Mended Heart: God's Healing for Your Broken Places by Suzie Eller.
REFLECT AND RESPOND:
Take time to read through and reflect upon the verses in the Faith Declaration. Which one spoke to you the most? Write it where you'll see it often.
Write a prayer surrendering your circumstances to your Father in heaven and pray each of these verses over your situation.
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