Excerpt from From Pain to Power: Overcoming Sexual Trauma & Reclaiming Your True Identity
Pages 6 & 7 from the Chapter, “Your Personal Invitation”
Ask God to open your eyes and heart so you can start seeing yourself as God sees you. Scripture provides sweet truths that identify how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit care for you, what they see when they look at you, and who you are as an adopted coheir to the throne with Christ. Ponder these truths from Scripture, and meditate on them until you are convinced they describe you as God sees you.
Because I, [ insert your name here ], am in Christ, I am secure.
- I am a child of God (see John 1:12).
- I am free forever from condemnation (see Romans 8:1).
- I am assured that in all things God will work for my good (see Romans 8:28, 29).
- I am free from any condemning charges against me (see Romans 8: 33).
- I cannot be separated from the love of Christ (see Romans 8:35).
- I have been established, anointed, and sealed by God (see 2 Corinthians 1:21, 22).
- I have been the Holy Spirit as a pledge guaranteeing my inheritance to come (see Ephesians 1:13, 14).
- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (see Philippians 4:13).
- I have been rescued from the dominion of darkness and brought into the kingdom of Christ (see Colossians 1:13).
- I am hidden with Christ in God (see Colossians 3:3).
- I have not been given a spirit of timidity but of power, love and self-discipline (see 2 Timothy 1:7).
- I am born of God, and the evil one cannot touch me (see 1 John 5:18).
Because I [ insert your name here ] am in Christ, I am significant.
- I am the salt of the earth (see Matthew 5:13).
- I am the light of the world (see Matthew 5:14).
- I am God’s child (see John 1:12).
- I have been chosen to bear fruit that will last (see John 15:16).
- I am Christ’s personal witness (see Acts 1:8).
- I am God’s temple (see 1 Corinthians 3:16).
- I am a part of Christ’s body (see 1 Corinthians 12:27).
- I am a minister of reconciliation for God (see 2 Corinthians 5:18).
- I am God’s fellow worker (see 2 Corinthians 6:1).
- I am a saint (see Ephesians 1:1).
- I have been raised up and am now seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (see Ephesians 2:6).
- I am a citizen of heaven (see Philippians 3:20).
Because I [ insert your name here ] am in Christ, I am accepted.
- I am Christ’s friend (see John 15:15).
- I have been justified (see Romans 5:1).
- I am united to the Lord, and I am one with in spirit (see I Corinthians 6:17).
- I have been bought with a price and belong to God (se 1 Corinthians 6:20).
- I am a member of Christ’s body (see 1 Corinthians 12:27).
- I have become righteous (see 2 Corinthians 5:21).
- I have been adopted as God’s child (see Ephesians 1:5).
- I have direct access to the Father through the Spirit (see Ephesians 2:18).
- Since I am God’s daughter and because God sent the Spirit of his Son into my heart, I can call out, “Abba, Father.” I am no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since I am his child, God has made me also an heir (see Galatians 4:6,7).
- I am invited to approach God with freedom and confidence (see Ephesians 3:12).
- I have been redeemed and am forgiven of all my sins (see Colossians 1:14).
- I am complete in Christ (see Colossians 2:10).
God placed his Spirit into your life not to give you restraints and fear, but to give you power, love, and a sound mind (see 2 Timothy 1:7). Like a loving parent, the Triune God wants you to integrate his power, love and sound mind into your body. God shares power.
May the Lord bring miracles of insight, strength, protection, and promise to you. Let the victorious Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, meet you here.
1. Say to him out loud: “Meet me here. Show me you are here. Show me you know me. Show me as soon as possible. Give me the senses to detect you. Amen.”
2. Repeat these verses while you’re in a meeting, a car pool, a class, studying, working out, cooking, walking to your car, driving, showering, before you go to sleep. Your body has a relationship with what you say, even if you don’t believe it. Just like your hormones release as you eat, exercise, sleep and so forth, your body will release strength into your body just by agreeing and saying it aloud. Science proves this. Scripture backs this.
Mary Ellen Mann is a licensed clinical social worker in private practice in Denver (visit www.manncounselinggroup.com). After attending a Christian college, she did her graduate work at Columbia University. Recently she co-founded Last Battle, LLC and helped develop the first interactive website for survivors of sexual violation, www.lastbattle.org, to help survivors, family and friends of survivors, Christian leaders, and professionals who care about this population. Her book, From Pain to Power will be on the market September 22, 2015. Mary Ellen lives in Denver with her husband and their two sons.