Weekly Inspiration, Nov 18th – 24th

I’ve decided to change this format to a weekly rather than a daily one, as it’s much more manageable!  Feel free to “follow” this blog if you haven’t already, so you don’t miss out on new posts.

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“Waiting patiently for God always includes joyful expectation. Without expectation, our waiting can get bogged down in the present. When we wait in expectation our whole beings are open to being surprised by joy.

All through the Gospels, Jesus tells us to keep awake and stay alert. And Paul says, “Brothers and sisters … the moment is here for you to stop sleeping and wake up because by now our salvation is nearer than when we first began to believe. The night is nearly over, daylight is on the way; so let us throw off everything that belongs to the darkness and equip ourselves for the light” (Romans 13:11-12). It is this joyful expectation of God’s coming that offers vitality to our lives. The expectation of the fulfillment of God’s promises to us is what allows us to pay full attention to the road on which we are walking.”

By Henri Nouwen

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Sometimes, I get the impression that people meet me or get to know me online and think I am a lovely person. Then, when I do something that disappoints them or lets them down or say something they disagree with, they think they have seen the “real Emily”, who is not such a nice person after all and is most likely a hypocrite…

Of course, I can’t control how people see me or know exactly what they’re thinking. My worth and self-esteem are not conditional on their approval, but I do find it sad that many people have such a “black and white” way of seeing people…

For example, they tend to consider that people are “good” or “bad”, rather than a complex mixture of different factors and characteristics… I actually think that this is what Jesus meant when he said: “Do not judge”… He was speaking out against the idea that we can sit in God’s seat and decide if someone is “good” or “bad”…

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#Perspective

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“FOGGY” believers (those whose faith has been drilled into them via “Fear, Obligation and Guilt/Shame”) usually try to use these same tactics when bringing up their children. They may have some “success” and breed a robotic clone of themselves, who goes to church/meetings every week and will in time bring up their own children in the same, tyrannical way…

However, more often than not in this day and age, “FOGGY” believers will see their sons and daughters rebelling against this kind of toxic control…

This is a cycle which perpetuates itself, whose ONLY fruitful end is in the arms of Christ, who is always knocking at the door of our hearts, ready to bring us peace and FREEDOM from the abuse and manipulative control that we suffered at the hands of toxic religion…

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⚡️ Be aware!!⚡️ There are too many wolves in sheep’s clothing out there. Jesus said to His disciples:

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#ListenToTheShepherd

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All the secretive evils that are carried out in cults and toxic religious groups will eventually be exposed:

 

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There is a deep, raw emotional honesty to the Psalms. At every stage of my life I have found a prayer there that echoes the cry of my heart, however troubled or in pain it may be…

“YHWH, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. Have mercy on me, Lord , for I am faint; heal me, Lord , for my bones are in agony. My soul is in deep anguish. How long, Lord , how long?

Turn, Lord , and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. I am worn out from my groaning.

All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears.

💕 The Lord has heard my cry for mercy; the Lord accepts my prayer.”💕

Psalm 6:1‭-‬4‭, ‬6‭, ‬9 NIVUK

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The end of an era…

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Grace and Peace to you, my dear readers,

I’ve really enjoyed putting together these “Daily Inspiration” posts over the last month, but sadly I’ve come to the point where I no longer have the time to commit to a daily post.

To be honest, I was never sure how long I would be able to keep it up, and after praying about it today, I feel that this is a good time to stop.  I can see that my first “Daily” post was on 16th October, and my last was on 16th November.  It seems a very symbolic and fitting time to bring it to an end.

I will still be sharing in the Faith after Deception Fellowship Facebook group, and another group I co-manage, called Kingdom Christians Fellowship.  You are very welcome to join, but I will understand if you’re not a Facebook person.

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With warm Christian love,

Emily

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Daily Inspiration, Nov 16th

“This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you:

God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us.”

1 John 1:5-10

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#NarcissistsAndFakeRepentance

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A friend of mine shared the following reflection recently:

I have noticed that when trying to help a person who has made many bad decisions through their life, even a whisper of correction sounds to them like a yell through a megaphone because they are not living with guilt, but shame.

They don’t have the resolve to change because they don’t think they did something wrong, they think there is something wrong with them.

The difficulty is trying to convince them that they are complete and enough while challenging them on their wrong beliefs and actions that only continue the destructive results they are getting.

There is only a spiritual solution to this. The mediator between God and man, who makes us righteous, calls us complete, shows us our worth, and then helps us change and recover from the mess we have made of our life.

There is no other way than through Jesus. Only he can take the worst of us, give us such incredible worth, then comfort us as we change into the image he has for us.

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I always come back to the whole chapter of 1 Corinthians 15 again and again, to contemplate the GLORIOUS hope it contains, such as this:

☀️ “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?” ☀️

⚡️ The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. ⚡️

💕 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.💕

1 Corinthians 15:55‭-‬58 ESV

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Daily Inspiration, 15th Nov

John the Baptist said this about Jesus:

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If any of my readers don’t know me already from Facebook, this is me!   I am Emily, an unashamed lover of Jesus:

“There in front of the whole assembly King David praised the Lord. He said, “Lord God of our ancestor Jacob, may you be praised forever and ever! You are great and powerful, glorious, splendid, and majestic.

☀️ Everything in heaven and earth is yours, and you are king, supreme ruler over all. All riches and wealth come from you; you rule everything by your strength and power; and you are able to make anyone great and strong.☀️

💕 Now, our God, we give you thanks, and we praise your glorious name.💕

🌟 “Yet my people and I cannot really give you anything, because everything is a gift from you, and we have only given back what is yours already.” 🌟

1 Chronicles 29:10‭-‬14 GNT

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#Perspective

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“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy, he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.”

1 Peter 1:3-4a

 

 

Daily Inspiration, Nov 12th – 13th

As many of my readers were in some kind of cult or highly-controlling religious group, hearing messages about repentance and sin can sometimes be very difficult. Rather than imagining our loving Father running out to meet us as He did with the Prodigal Son, we hear echoes of the condemnation and shame that our former group used to heap upon us…

Therefore, it can be very tempting to slip into a very liberal kind of “Christianity”, where the words “sin” and “repentance” are rarely used at all and anything goes…

I am walking between these different worlds, actively choosing to follow Jesus and not human leaders or religious traditions… 💕💖

#StuffJesusNeverSaid

I want to be honest with you all; I have NEVER set myself up as a teacher or prophetess or guru or anything like that at ALL… I just want to offer encouragement, compassion and prayers for those who have been in a cult or toxic religious environment. I also like to share things I’ve been learning about finding healing after suffering spiritual abuse. Another aim of this blog is to expose and shed light on the way cults work, so we can spread awareness and help those who have been hurt in this way.

I don’t want to impose my own convictions and personal beliefs regarding the Bible’s teachings on you all, but at the same time I don’t want you all to get the impression that I am an airy-fairy relativist who no longer believes in absolute truth or morality. This is not the case at all!!!

Just because I advocate for compassion, tolerance and mutual respect doesn’t mean I have let go of my principles or scruples…. You know, I have never shared my personal beliefs here regarding Scripture or Christian behaviour because I haven’t wanted to cause debate or division, but you may be surprised to learn that my husband and I are very Bible based. I do not judge others who are not, but I have personally found that every single one of the commands in the New Testament for Christians are designed to bring us FREEDOM and joy. Jesus’s yoke is light and not restrictive, and following Him has always brought me the greatest joy ☀️☀️☀️

#Inspired

Daily Inspiration, Nov 11th

I simply love it when I discover that psychology and psychotherapy sometimes end up repeating the same or similar messages to the ones Jesus shared. This is because they are timeless truths, such as the power of grace, compassion and forgiveness.

The quote below is by Viktor Frankl, Holocaust survivor and author of “Man’s Search for Meaning”:

I just had to share this quote from a book I’m now reading called “Understanding and Loving a Person with Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD)”, by Stephen Arterburn and Patricia Kuhlman. There are a lot of parallels between narcissistic abuse and cult control, which is why I’m investigating the topic:

“I would imagine that if you’ve been involved with a narcissist for very long, you might have been told that your ideas aren’t worth much or to keep them to yourself. But most of all, the NPD often manages the lives of those around him by controlling with fear [This is the same in highly controlling religious groups].

When you’re afraid, it’s difficult to try anything new, reach out to others, ask for help outside your circumstances, or risk being vulnerable yourself, fearing you won’t be believed or taken seriously.

Hear me say right now that you must “step out of the boat”. Jesus didn’t call Peter to walk on water because He wanted him to be afraid and sink. Jesus called him and told Peter to keep his eyes on the Lord. The same is true here.

You need to take actions that the narcissist [or indoctrinated cult member] will not like, accept or even support. He might rail against you to stop. Had Peter never risked taking that first step of faith, he might never have fulfilled God’s purpose for his life.”

#Perspective:

Jesus tells us: