10 Oct Break the Cycle
If you are like me, I am sure that you have often wondered what you are doing on earth and how long you would continue on this path of aimless wandering. You know deep inside you that you have more to offer and more to get from this life; and sometimes you are frustrated because of it. All you need is a glimpse of your future! I want you to understand the reason why you have been going through the things you have been going through in your life; its because the enemy has gotten a glimpse of your purpose. And, decided to devise a plot to destroy your life before you were born. This plot many times has come through generationally.
For instance, your mother may have been abused as a child. It is proven that child abuse can have damaging effects not only on the children who suffer it, but also on communities, and family members that must address the aftermath of abuse. Children who experience child abuse and neglect are 59% more likely to be arrested as a juvenile, 28% more likely to be arrested as an adult, and 30% more likely to commit violence crime (National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-being).
Maybe, your father never knew his father. Statistically, a child in a single-parent household is far more likely to experience violence, commit suicide, continue a cycle of poverty, become drug dependent, commit a crime or perform below his peers in education. Men who grew up without a positive male influence in the home are more likely to neglect their own children, and so the cycle continues.
This is not a coincidence or some strange freak of nature. The enemy is literally after your family inheritance. And, he is doing everything that he can to subdue you, and cause you to become weary in well doing. But you have been saying to yourself: I can’t go on. But I know personally that you can, because I have. And it’s because I have held on to the promises of a loving and protective Father that has promised to fight for me and for you, but you must hold your peace and remain at rest. (Exodus 14:14) He has a purpose for everything that we encounter in this life. He never does or allows anything without having a definite reason for it. His actions are well calculated and born out of love. His word never goes forth out of His mouth and returns to Him void, without accomplishing what He set it out to do. It will surely prosper in the very thing for which He sent it. (Isaiah 55:11). And since God made you, He has a purpose for making you. Today, enter into prayer and cry out to God for a picture of your future. It is the solution to your uncertainty in life. Only our Father can tell you the truth about your tomorrow because He made you and He is the Alpha and Omega. Call on Him. He is certain to hear you.
I pray the release from condemnation over my life. Father, I pray to no longer be a victim of sexual, emotional and verbal abuse. I pray for healing. I pray for deep comfort. I pray that you will restore what has been stolen and broken. What seems hopelessly shattered in me I believe by faith you can redeem me. I stand in the gap for the many souls who have been defiled in sexual abuse, show yourself to be loving and able – to give them back life, an life abundant.
Yes, there is great pain in this world. There is injustice. There is evil. But I turn to you and cry out for help and healing. I sometimes wonder why such horrible abuse happens. But I turn from “why?” and ask instead, “how?” How will your perfect goodness and love find glory in the shadow of wickedness. Father, you are good, loving and all powerful. I know that you can bring restoration from the vile and evil doings of those called to protect and care for me. I ask you for grace and healing. I pray for you to tenderly and with overwhelming and powerful love, to restore me back to life. Today I asked to be freed from suffering and that no weapons formed against you shall prosper. Satan I serve you notice your powers are unless inefficient and inoperative in my life. That which was meant to hurt, harm, and destroy me, will serve for a greater purpose and glory. Father, in Your Son Jesus name I decree it; I declare. Amen.
Contributed by: Sharessa Bass
Sharessa currently works for Wells Fargo Bank and is the CEO of The Real Me Foundation. She is a devoted mother of 5, originally from Whiteville NC and is one of 7 siblings. She is a faithful covenant member of The Sanctuary, and is passionate about sharing her faith in a very real way. If this devotional has fed your soul, please share with your friends and family. Click the social share button or leave a comment in the box below for Sharessa.