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  • Writer's pictureTammy Toney-Butler

Are you in Psychological Prison?

How many of us are constantly bombarded by negative think? A voice in your head that is never-ending and drains you with each hurtful word uttered. You're not worthy of love, not good enough, not thin enough, or smart enough, and the list goes on and on.

So many of us are held prisoner by past hurts and lies spoken over us—each word acting as a bar that reinforces our prison cell. How can we ever break free? The weight of it all is exhausting. It's hard to breathe, hard to sleep, hard to get out of bed. Hopeless, defeated, lost to the cycle of psychological abuse inflicted on us by others. Words, hurtful words serving as nails in our spiritual coffins. You see, we have not lived in years, only existed, pasted on fake smiles, fake selves as we wander through another day of desperate despair. Do you see us, we are everywhere? Do you care? Do you brush past us in a supermarket, a mall, a school, or a hospital? Why are we invisible? Those things people say about us must be true; our shame is so great. Does anyone see us? Would they miss us if we were gone? How did we get here? This place of hopeless exhaustion and spiritual death? Oh, that's right, it started when we were children, and our innocence was stolen. God does not see us either; how could he? We are dirty, unworthy, messy, unlovable.

Have you ever felt this way? So many have and do feel this way. Christ can be your refuge, your comforter, your helper in times of trouble. Call out and invite Him into your mess; I promise you will never be the same!

God will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help. Psalm 72:12 (NIV).

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 (NIV).

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 (NIV).

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