As you start day four of this soul-healing journey, take a few moments to think about what you’ve learned so far…
- It’s dangerous to settle for less than the life God has planned for you, so be determined to be all He’s created you to be and to have everything He has for you.
- There’s no question about it: God wants to heal and completely restore your wounded soul! So throw out the lies that discourage you from believing you can become healthy and whole mentally and emotionally, and replace them with the scriptures that reveal God’s promises to love and restore your life.
- When God works in your life, He wants to do a complete work, so there is no evidence of the damage that was done to you through the abuse, injustice or unfair things that happened to you.
It’s important to really believe these biblical principles, because knowing God’s true heart – who He really is – impacts the way you see yourself. And as a daughter of God Almighty, you are pretty important and special!
Joyce shares this about her experience: “I found out many years ago that my main problem was I felt bad about myself. I thought that there had to be something wrong with me for my father to do the things he did to me. I took the blame. Why is it that when someone mistreats us, we automatically think there is something wrong with us?”
This is a common experience for wounded souls. But we need to stop taking false guilt and blame for the choices others make…
- If your parents abused you in some way, it wasn’t your fault.
- If your parents divorced, it wasn’t your fault.
- If someone betrayed you or rejected you, it’s not your fault.
No one is perfect, and we all have areas of our life that we need to improve in. But that doesn’t mean you should take responsibility for others’ mistakes and imperfections, or that you should miss out on God’s favor and blessings because you aren’t perfect.
In 2 Samuel 9:1-13, we read the story of Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan. King David and Jonathan had a covenant relationship with each other, which basically meant “what’s mine is yours, and what’s yours is mine,” and “whatever you need, I’m there for you.” In other words, they had each other’s back and were committed to be loyal to the death.
Because of this covenant, after Jonathan and his father, King Saul, had died, David wanted to honor his covenant with Jonathan by blessing anyone in his family who was still living.
Mephibosheth was lame in both feet and lived in Lo-debar, which wasn’t a great place to be. David heard about him and ordered that he be brought to the palace. Here’s what happened…
And Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and paid homage. And David said, "Mephibosheth!" And he answered, "Behold, I am your servant."
And David said to him, "Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat at my table always."
And he paid homage and said, "What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I?"
—2 Samuel 9:6-8
Mephibosheth was offered a seat at the king’s table, but he didn’t feel worthy of it—even though he was Jonathan’s son and King Saul’s grandson. He only saw himself as a cripple who deserved to live in Lo-debar.
This is what we can learn from Mephibosheth: Sometimes our circumstances make us feel we are a lot less than we really are.
No, Mephibosheth wasn’t perfect, but he was worthy of a seat at the king’s table because of who he was, and David realized this.
It’s the same way for us as believers in Christ. We have imperfections and make mistakes, but because God sees us through Christ—because the sacrifice Christ made paid for our sins—we have a place at His table.
Read the list of biblical truths about who you are in Christ. Embrace what God’s Word says about who you are in Christ and thank Him for all He’s done so you can have abundant life. Get up and take your seat at the table!