Topic: Abused? [Open Heavens for Teens 8 August 2020]
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Memorise: “For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease”. Job 14:7
Bible Reading: 2 Jeremiah 29:11
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Bible Reading In One Year: Psalms 82-84; Romans 8:19-39
Have you been sexually abused by anyone? There is hope for you. I know that often times when you think about it, you feel worthless. The devil has probably even brought the thoughts of suicide to you many times. You also wish you could have your revenge. I know that you also blame yourself for everything. You need to be liberated from all these feelings that have held you captive for too long.
First, know that you are not alone. God is with you. Then, stop blaming yourself. Believe me, it is not your fault that you got abused. So you have to forgive yourself. You also have to talk to someone. Forget about the threat that abuser issued, you are not going to die, a lot of persons that were abused told someone and they didn’t die, rather the got help. If you have guardian and counseling unit in your school, go there and talk to someone or any fellow you trust. You also have to stay away from the abuser if the person is a close relative. You should not also see this as an opportunity to fornicate with any other person. You can stay pure till you get married. Most importantly, never seek revenge, rather, forgive your abuser. Not forgiving him or her means he/she still has control over you. Your future is beautiful, so let go and let God heal you.
Speak to Christian counsellors if you have experienced an abused. Also, pray for God’s help for any teenager facing abuse or that has been abused.
Hymn: When We Walk With The Lord
1. When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His Word,
What a glory He sheds on our way,
While we do His good will,
He abides with us still,
And with all who will trust and obey.
Trust and obey,
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus,
But to trust and obey.
2. Not a shadow can rise,
Not a cloud in the skies,
But His smile quickly drives it away,
Not a doubt or a fear,
Not a sigh or a tear,
Can abide while we trust and obey.
3. Not a burden we bear,
Not a sorrow we share,
But our toil He doth richly repay,
Not a grief nor a loss,
Not a frown nor a cross,
But is blest if we trust and obey.
4. But we never can prove
The delights of His love,
Until all on the altar we lay,
For the favour He shows,
And the joy He bestows,
Are for them who will trust and obey.
5. Then in fellowship sweet
We will sit at His feet,
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way,
What He says we will do,
Where He sends, we will go,
Never fear, only trust and obey.
Daily Devotional for Teen’s guide was written by Pastor E.A. Adeboye, the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, one of the largest evangelical church in the world and also the President of Christ the Redeemer’s Ministries.