Taking Back Your Life…

The unthinkable happens. Your life is shattered, your peace destroyed. Every day after is filled with fear (What if it happens again?) and guilt (What did I do to provoke it?). Your attacker has robbed you of enough. Don’t give him your future as well. It’s time to take back your life.

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” -Psalm 23:4

Q: “How can I go on with my life since I’ve been raped? God seems far away.”

We are all impacted by our past, but God doesn’t want us impaired by our past. Rape is a sin, and God hates sin. So God hates what has happened to you. He knows your heart has been traumatized. It’s natural for your heart to feel numb. The Lord is not far away from you.

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” -Psalm 34:18

Q: “How can I ever trust any man again after having been raped?”

Be aware of a tendency that many people experience after trauma: they “over generalize.” For you, that means ascribing one man’s sin to all men. There are godly men as well as ungodly men, just as there are godly women and ungodly women.

Would you consider the apostle Paul untrustworthy?

And what about Joseph, who fled when his boss’ wife sought to seduce him—do you consider him untrustworthy?

Many trustworthy men today have followed in the footsteps of Job, making a covenant before God to remain sexually pure.

“I have made a covenant with my eyes; how then could I gaze at a virgin?” -Job 31:1

Key Verse to Memorize

“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” -Psalm 34:18

Key Passage to Read and Reread

Psalm 37

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