To those who have been abused and are being abused, abuse leaves an individual especially an innocent child without an identity this is what I call identity theft, the abused is left without a face, without a voice, and without emotions, they are faceless to themselves when the world sees a beautiful face, they are emotionless when those around them feel warmth and comfort in their presence, they have no friends but many acquaintances but those around them see and feel the power and reliability of a true friend and companion, no one on the outside knows them, as all they show is a surface of illusion as they wear a mask to hide the real pain and distress felt.
The victims of abuse are in a prison which has them bound in chains to some these chains are forever as death meets them in this prison bound with the chains of hate, guilt, confusion, despair, bitterness, loneliness, shame, and fear for something which they were not responsible for nor deserved, some have escaped the prison but are still bound by the chains and at times the frustration is so strong and one feel so overwhelmed that you feel to run and never stop, you feel to hide and never be found, or just fly away to a land unknown.
Many who are still in the prison often day-dream of a time when they shall be released and the joy of life they can embrace then at those points a reality check list kick in to those still imprisoned by their abuser.
Reality you are being abused and desire to cry out but no one will hear or the shame and fear have you crippled.
Reality the violent blows are so painful but you make excuses for them.
Reality you are so fearful that even at the sound of your abuser’s voice your heart throbs and fear seizes you.
Reality you are alienated from family and friends.
Reality how did I let it reach this far.
The abused is going through identity crises for years and even when others show love they believe that they must do something to repay or earn that love, because it was inscribed on the mind of the abused that love needs to be:
Repaid or earned.
Love needs to be covered.
Love is a nasty thing.
Sex is to be used as a tool or weapon for advancement or revenge.
The victim of abuse is left with a warped sense of what is love and sad to say some never knew what love was and for years they sought something that they had no idea of what it was or how it felt, many victims are never satisfied with themselves the way they do things, they way they look, the feelings of imperfection is rooted strong in the mind and they try to do everything perfectly and in order.
The question is asked, how can the prison chains be broken, the chains can only be broken as you speak out or as I have told many persons write it down, seek counsel and help, recovery does not come overnight it is a long process but you will recover and happiness you shall know.
Some have found a comfort in the word of God and being released from the burdens they bear and to such I say continue and encourage your minister to speak about the issues of domestic violence and abuse and encourage victims to seek help and assistance while giving them the assurance of confidentiality.
The scripture says to whom much has been given much is desired and God forgives much as you feel that comfort and love reach out and share give back, not in condemnation, nor in judging but give back in love.
It is time that the church’s eyes are opened and people delivered from the many prisons which have them bound; it is time that people should be able to talk about these issues and many other family issues without fear, condemnation or criticism.
Many are in the church but they still carry the guilt, fear and gag order of society and as such they have not received that peace, joy and anointing which is to set them free they thrive on the outward show to receive the applause and accolades of men for being gifted with a particular talent in this the feeling of satisfaction comes to fill the large hole that is hurting and the burdens of abuse which many bear.
To be in the church and of the church is to really be FREE, FREE in mind, body and spirit free to speak out and counsel other victims of abuse, free from the label of being a victim of abuse but to be labeled as a survivor and victor, Jesus is the only one that can give this peace as he says he has sent his word and healed them.
Take hold on his promises by faith and as children of God let us work together to save perishing souls even in the body of Christ.
Psa 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.
Psa 107:21 Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!
Jesus will heal us and all affected by abuse because he has compassion towards us.
Mat 14:14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion toward them, and he healed their sick.
Luk 4:40 Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them.
We shall receive his virtue
Luk 6:19 and the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.
For years many carry unclean and hateful spirits in the body temple of the Lord, yeah even while they stand in the sanctuary and praised and worshiped God, but God is doing a great work as he has begun to heal and cast all those unclean spirits out, as you abide in the atmosphere of the abuse the spirits were transferred to you the spirit of hate, lust, pornography, identity theft, confusion, dissatisfaction, loneliness, feeling unappreciated and unloved and the list can go on but Jesus has begun to break the chains as he alone can.
Act 5:16 There came also a multitude out of the cities round about unto Jerusalem, bringing sick folks, and them which were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed every one.
It is of the Lords mercy we are not consumed.
Lam 3:22 It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
Lam 3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Lam 3:24 The LORD is my portion, Saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
Lam 3:25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
Lam 3:26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
God desires healing but many ministers who rule the church desire their flock to continue in sickness and death, if you are dead spiritually you shall die naturally.
Eze 34:4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.
Stand with me and proclaim deliverance and hope and joy and peace to those who are bound unless you are FREE in mind one is never free, we must in the name of JESUS pull down the strongholds of the mind.
And in every nation we are placed let God use us for his glory for reconciliation and healing to the abused, battered, afflicted and hopeless the church ought to be a haven a place of refuge a place to be loved appreciated and counseled.
Let the healing begin with you today and share it abroad encourage your ministers to speak against domestic violence and abuse, encourage your ministers to show empathy and care for the victims of abuse by putting measures in place to work with them on the way to recovery and healing.
Encourage your ministers to refrain persons from using the bible as a wiping tool to perpetuate abuse, encourage your ministers to speak out.
From the desk of O.A.B.I