Act 20:32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified.
Joh 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth.
For over a decade now I have been writing and speaking about how evil creeps into the church and hides among us. Specifically, I have focused upon that wickedness of domestic abusers wearing their disguises, parading as the finest and most eminent Christians, all the while oppressing their victims. And I will, by God’s enablement, continue to do so. Exposing this evil. Helping victims of it understand more clearly what they are experiencing and how to get free of it. These are good and necessary things.
However, I am also going to increasingly focus upon ultimate freedom. The freedom that only Christ can give. Because without this focus as well, there is a great danger that victims and survivors of abuse will end up stuck. Treading water, you might say, regarding growth in Christ and never coming to the freedom and enjoyment the Lord intends for us.
It is a good thing to read books about domestic abuse, about narcissists, about sociopaths and so on. I have written books like that myself. But we must not stay there. We must not just keep on talking about abuse, about abusers, about what has happened to us, and so on. Knowledge of these things is certainly important – but we must go further. We must immerse ourselves in the Word of God because it is only by God’s truth as applied to us by the Spirit of God that we are going to grow up into the new creations Christ intends us to be. This all begins of course with this: you must be born again. To try to seek after healing from trauma and from the evil acts foisted upon us by abusers – to seek after this and yet not be born again is a futile enterprise. I have seen it and it is a sad picture. Such people, devoid of Christ, only end up in an unending cycle of perpetual victimhood. Wrapped up in themselves and even, as can often be the case, becoming mean and abusive themselves.
So let me ask you. Are you born again? Do you really know Christ? If you have any doubts at all – and be ruthlessly honest with yourself – then go to Christ immediately. Whoever calls upon the name of the Lord WILL be saved.
And then let me ask you – if you are born again, where is your focus? Are you giving yourself to God’s Word so that by it you are growing in the Lord? We have soooo many opportunities around us in this regard. Just in our little ministry here we post two Bible studies each week online at Facebook, Youtube, and Sermon Audio – one on the Gospel of John and one on Revelation. Then we share links to our Sunday morning class and we post the Sunday sermon on these same sites as well. If you faithfully follow a couple of these series you will be enabling the Word of God to do its work in you.
Christ wants His people free. He wants us to be wise with His wisdom. He wants us to know Him more and more. And it is by His powerful Word that He effects these things.