Why Can’t I Believe What God Says?

What can you do if you just can’t believe God isn’t mad at you or that He won’t hurt you? What if you have a little voice inside that keeps telling you how bad He thinks you are?

I have news for you: that voice is lying. It’s paralyzing you with two-faced hypocrisy. With truth vs liestreacherous and destructive falsehoods. That voice may be your own from an abusive past, or it may be the enemy who is the father of lies (John 8:44). Either way, it keeps your heart from hearing the truth.

No way around it–you have to get rid of the lies. Those lies cause a disconnect between the head and the heart. That’s why a person (like me!) can tell you all sorts of true and wonderful things, but you still won’t believe them. The barrier that walls off your heart has to be broken somehow. And only God can break through it.

Now is the time to reach for hope. We talked previously about different ways to build up hope.
You know, I’ve never really gotten into the whole “positive affirmation” thing. I always felt like I was lying to myself when I said things like I am a worthy and wonderful person, or I accomplish great things. You know the sort of statements I mean. Most of them are useless, in my book.remove lies, truth remains

But quoting scripture verses out loud is different. The Bible says that God’s word will not return without having an effect, but it will accomplish the purpose for which it was intended (from Isaiah 55:11). That purpose is to uplift you, His child, and to give you hope.

Here are a few to begin with:

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

hope flyingNumbers 23:19 God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.

When you repeat these verses, ask God if they are really true.

Then listen for the answer.

This is part 24 of a series on abuse recovery

Part 1| Am I Alone in my Pain?

Part 2| Do You Have Hope?

Part 3| Putting Your Hope in God is Safe

Part 4| How Do We Lose Our Hope?

Part 5| Growing up Without Hope

Part 6| Scripture Promises Can Stimulate Hope

Part 7| Hope Can be Found in Journaling

Part 8|Every Journey Begins with This

Part 9| Why Do We Quit Too Soon?

Part 10| Don’t Let These Stop You!

Part 11| Learning Too Much Can Stop Your Progress

Part 12| Is Fear of Change Hindering Your Healing?

Part 13| Are You Afraid You Don’t Deserve Healing?

Part 14| What if God Doesn’t Want Me to Be Healed?

Part 15| What if I Can’t Fight Long Enough for My Healing?

Part 16| Are You Living with Shame from Your Past?

Part 17| Do You Feel Like You Hate Your Own Soul?

Part 18| Shame

Part 19| Getting Rid of Shame

Part 20| God Has Good Plans for You

Part 21|Healing is Simple But Not Easy

Part 22| Is God Mad at Me?

Part 23| Do You Fear Abuse from God?


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