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I am recovering from mental illness caused by childhood sexual abuse. It's with God's guidance and support that I am recovering and I want to spend my time serving Him but I don't know where to start.
Thank you so much for your very encouraging enquiry.
I praise and thank God with you for the great and gracious work He has been doing in your life. No doubt, you also with His help have fought many battles and have been found to be an overcomer in Him. Congratulations! This is a great testimony and an encouragement to us all.
No doubt, the uniqueness of your journey and the battles you have won have equipped you for some very specific tasks. May I suggest that it might be those who have accompanied you on your journey and your healing that are most suited to be your advisers and your future prayer supporters. It is important that we meet, talk and learn with others, so that we know the way of Christ and the way we should walk.
In Mark 5:1-20, Jesus meets a man possessed by a multitude of demons. When the man had been freed from the demons, he longed to follow Christ. The Lord, however, told him to go home and to tell his family and his friends the great things which God has done for Him (Mark 5:19). We can imagine the disappointment from the man: he wanted to follow Jesus and Jesus said no. However, this would lead to great wonder and joy for him as his testimony at home later led to ten cities being prepared for the coming of Jesus!
In summary, God can use you. Spend time speaking with other Christians, read His word and pray to Him. Be patient but know that he will do a great wonder in you.
For the body does not consist of one member but of many. If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and on those parts of the body that we think less honourable we bestow the greater honour, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honour to the part that lacked it, that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honoured, all rejoice together.
Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? But earnestly desire the higher gifts.
And I will show you a still more excellent way (1 Corinthians 12:14-31)
Here are some more Bible Verses for your further consideration:
- Mark 5:1-12 & Mark 7:31
- Romans 8:33-39
- 1 Corinthians 15:57,58
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*Taken From The New King James Version of the Holy Bible unless stated otherwise
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