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Not Moved

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When the enemy tries to stir up fear and insecurity, we need to stand on these promises and remember 1John 4:4.

For the righteous will never be moved; he will be remembered forever. He is not afraid of bad news; his heart is firm, trusting in the Lord. His heart is steady; he will not be afraid, until he looks in triumph on his adversaries. (Psalm 112:6-8 ESV)

Do you ever read a verse from the Bible and it catches you in the throat? You wonder when this ‘new’ verse was sneaked into the scrolls? This was me today with regards to Psalm 112. I know that I have read it many times, but today, it God-stopped me.

Surely this chapter is the male counterpoint to the challenging Proverbs 31 woman, but today, these 3 verses in particular got under my skin; especially the words never be moved, firm, steady and looks in triumph.

I’m personally not one for tattoos, but if I were, I think these verses should be etched on me somewhere.

Ladies, statistics tell me that for every five women who read this, one of you have been sexually abused or assaulted in some way. I have been both and, I’m sorry to say, many, many times. Some of us still have to face our assaulters, whether it be in a courtroom or across the table at a Sunday dinner. If you are like I was, you keep your eyes downcast and just pray your way through it until you can distance yourself from the offender.

At least that is how I used to act. No more.

I met with an amazing Christian counselor and she challenged me to stand my ground and look him in the eye, (this was fine in my circumstances – she was not putting me at risk). This would allow the Holy Spirit that is dwelling in me to ‘take him down’.

Which I had the opportunity to do a few months back at a family gathering. When I looked at him, some thirty years after the assault, I was no longer afraid. And I saw things very differently! I have triumphed over my past. I am righteous – what was done to me was not righteous – but it does not define me. These verses will be earmarked, read and re-read in the years to come to be sure.

When the enemy tries to stir up fear and insecurity, we need to stand on these promises and remember that, Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

Father, thank You for being a God of restoration! Help us to toss off the lies of the enemy that would try to keep us captive and to put on Your armor. Help us to stand firm in knowing who we are in Christ. Forgive our abusers and help us to forgive them too. Holy Spirit, only You can do this work in our hearts – we cry out to You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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