Our Help

He is the only Savior. 

​Some wandered in the wilderness, lost and homeless. Hungry and thirsty, they nearly died. “ Lord , help!” they cried in their trouble, and he rescued them from their distress.

Psalms 107:4‭-‬6 NLT

I have trusted in the wrong things to help. 

This morning I woke up thinking about the choices I have made.  A common theme runs throughout my life. I have trusted in the wrong things to help.  

Yesterday my daughter’s iPhone was giving me the same message over and over again that her account could not be verified. Every attempt to fix the problem returned me to the same message. If I could not verify the iPhone with Apple, I was unable to do anything except to go around in circles coming to the same message over and over again. Then of all the crazy things after reading forums on the internet, I determined the problem was simple. Somehow her time and date had gotten changed in the phone and because of this Apple refused to let us connect.  Once I changed the date, Apple opened the door and let us in. 

I’m amazed at how much my life has been like an iPhone that cannot be verified. I run around in circles doing the same things over and over again always returning to the same message that communicates to me that what I’m doing isn’t working. 

Because this blog is targeted to survivors of spiritual abuse, and because I am one myself, I am conscious in everything I write here to keep those who are struggling and confused in mind. I know what this feels like. I still struggle every day.  It’s a long and difficult path that can get really dark. I pray if you are on this path with me that you would know that God has not left you nor will He.  And I pray that He’d remove every ounce of shame from all of us. It was not your fault. God gave us pastors to lead us to Him and Him alone, but when our pastor led us to himself for his own consumption, he committed a horrible evil. 

However, since that time God has been doing a work inside my own heart. He has been gentle and kind. 

A smoking flax He will not snuff out. 

A bruised reed He will not break. 

Condemnation is not from Him. 

And I have come to realize how many times I trust in other things for help.  

It breaks my heart to see this, because I wish I’d have known how He has been there all along. 

Our hearts are prone to wander in a broken world full of pain. 

Life is full of a thousand different ways we can experience relief.  

Sometimes we get stuck in a cycle of turning to the wrong things for help. 

I wonder sometimes how many times will I run around in circles before I see that He is there. 

It’s ok to want relief. 

It’s ok to ask for help.

But remember your Heavenly Father and turn to Him first. 

He is the only Savior. 

Some wandered in the wilderness, lost and homeless. Hungry and thirsty, they nearly died. “ Lord , help!” they cried in their trouble, and he rescued them from their distress. He led them straight to safety, to a city where they could live. 

Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. For he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. 

Some sat in darkness and deepest gloom, imprisoned in iron chains of misery. They rebelled against the words of God, scorning the counsel of the Most High. That is why he broke them with hard labor; they fell, and no one was there to help them. “ Lord , help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He led them from the darkness and deepest gloom; he snapped their chains. 

Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. For he broke down their prison gates of bronze; he cut apart their bars of iron. 

Some were fools; they rebelled and suffered for their sins. They couldn’t stand the thought of food, and they were knocking on death’s door. “ Lord , help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He sent out his word and healed them, snatching them from the door of death. 

Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. Let them offer sacrifices of thanksgiving and sing joyfully about his glorious acts. 

Some went off to sea in ships, plying the trade routes of the world. They, too, observed the Lord ’s power in action, his impressive works on the deepest seas. He spoke, and the winds rose, stirring up the waves. Their ships were tossed to the heavens and plunged again to the depths; the sailors cringed in terror. They reeled and staggered like drunkards and were at their wits’ end. “ Lord , help!” they cried in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He calmed the storm to a whisper and stilled the waves. What a blessing was that stillness as he brought them safely into harbor! 

Let them praise the Lord for his great love and for the wonderful things he has done for them. Let them exalt him publicly before the congregation and before the leaders of the nation.

Psalms 107:4‭-‬32 NLT

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