Have you ever been a victim?
A victim of hate?
Because our world is broken by sin, many of us will become a victim of something at some point in our lives. I cannot possibly take every situation into consideration in one blog post, but I wanted to provide general encouragement to anyone who finds themselves victimized by the actions of someone else.
I acknowledge your pain and am here to remind you that you don’t have to stay there. Because of Jesus, you don’t have to live in perpetual emotional strife.
Satan can use your emotions to trap you in a victim mentality. You may believe and act upon the emotions you’ve accrued through your experiences—emotions like anger, shame, guilt, defeat, or bitterness. You may believe these emotions will always be there and you’ll always struggle with them, that you can never be free. This cycle of thinking can steal your joy and steer you away from the rich promises and blessings of God.
So how do you overcome it?
The way to turn the tide is to saturate your mind with God’s Word. There are countless Bible verses about being victorious. I have three of them to share with you. Any time you begin to feel crushed by the pain of what happened to you, read these verses to yourself and ask God to help you believe truth.
In Christ, you are a victor not a victim!
Romans 8:37–39 declares:
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
No matter what you are facing, you can conquer any negative feelings with God. Because of Jesus, we aren’t just conquerors, we are more than conquerors. Nothing can separate you from God or the good gifts He has for you if you’re willing to accept them.
First Corinthians 15:57 announces:
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
You can have victory over your feelings. Anytime you begin to feel despair, anxiety, etc., grab ahold of that thought and hold it up the to the truth that God has given you the victory (2 Corinthians 10:5 calls that process taking “every thought captive”). Address the feeling, and then counter it with the truth of God’s Word.
When you feel anxious, tell yourself, I am not a victim. I am more than a conqueror, and I have victory through Jesus Christ, over and over again until you start to believe it.
Emotions are a powerful thing, but the Word of God is more powerful. Declare God’s Word to yourself.
Psalm 20:1–9 is one of my absolute favorite psalms. It declares the goodness of God and that He will fight for us so that we can have victory. I want you to read it out loud to yourself and ask the Lord to help you believe what it is saying.
May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble!
May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
May he send you help from the sanctuary
and give you support from Zion!
May he remember all your offerings
and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices!
May he grant you your heart’s desire
and fulfill all your plans!
May we shout for joy over your salvation,
and in the name of our God set up our banners!
May the LORD fulfill all your petitions!
Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed;
he will answer him from his holy heaven
with the saving might of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
They collapse and fall,
but we rise and stand upright.
O LORD, save the king!
May he answer us when we call.
Live in Victory!
Jesus gave us the power to have victory over sin. In every situation, we can have great hope because He is our champion. Even in the aftermath of tragedy and disappointment, we can believe His truth and start living a victorious life!
Your victory may not come as fast as you want or exactly how you want, but Jesus is already working all things to your good (Rom. 8:28). You do not have to live with a victim mentality. You do not have to stay in the valley of despair. You are more than a conqueror in Christ!
If you have gained victory over this mindset, are struggling, or have other verses to share, let us know below!
Note: We realize this post just skims the surface by giving general advice to a difficult subject. At LYWB.com, we recognize that the pain and hurt readers feel can run deep, and while the suggestions the author gives are helpful and true according to God’s Word, our readers might need some more specific advice. So we’ve compiled a list of resources to help victims of abuse seek the truth and God’s grace in healing:
The Impact of Sexual Abuse and How God’s Grace Heals Transforms Lives
How Can I Trust God’s Goodness When He Allowed Me to Be Abused?
Trusting God to Heal the Scars of Sexual Abuse
Rid of My Disgrace: Hope and Healing for Victims of Sexual Assault
I’ve Been Abused, Am I Still Pure?
Transformed by the Truth: Jacque’s Story
How to Move On When You’ve Been Betrayed
Forgiving the Wounds of a Friend