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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“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:

Daily Inspiration, Nov 10th

I find it sad to see that many sermons and daily devotionals aim to keep people in obedience by instilling them with a sense of “FOG”: Fear, Obligation and Guilt.

In fact, it is not guilt, but shame. Guilt is actually a healthy emotion that helps us to identify when we’ve hurt others or acted irresponsibly etc, enabling us to reevaluate and modify our behaviour.

We know that one of the functions of the Holy Spirit is to convict us of sin, and this is always done in a practical and healthful way. We are shown something specific we’ve done or omitted to do, so we can repent of it, turn away from the destructive behaviour, and receive forgiveness and peace.

On the other hand, if we are suffering from a general sense of unease and disquiet, feeling that we’re just not living up to God’s expectations or anybody else’s, it’s more likely that this is NOT the prompting of the Holy Spirit. In Romans 8:6 we read that “the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”, whereas the mind which has been heavily influenced by toxic, controlling religion will be governed by fear, anxiety and shame.

#TimelessWisdom

#Perspective

To be very honest with you all, I didn’t used to understand what “get out of your comfort zone” meant… I think I’d been uncomfortable in social situations for so long that I was longing for some kind of comfort zone 🤣🤣

However, now I feel more rooted and grounded in Christ’s love for me, I am starting to get what it means to move beyond my own personal comfort zone… I finally feel ready to go out and LOVE others in potentially uncomfortable social situations 😀😀☀️☀️☀️