“Empowering the abused woman to recover with God's truth"
1. Open each session with prayer; asking God to open your understanding as to the areas in your life which needs to be healed and give you understanding of each session. The goal of each session is to help you to heal everywhere you need to be healed so you can become whole.
2. Discussion (30 min):
“Importance of Forgiveness” ‐ Part II
According to the dictionary, the word "self," includes many modifiers:
When Satan entered the world through Adam, another nature became added to our original nature: the sin nature. Self now had a hyphen after it, and became the target of unloving spirits.
o Armor of Self‐Bitterness – Part 3B‐1: The principality of bitterness, as I have stated, is protected by unforgiveness, resentment, retaliation, anger, hatred, violence, and murder. The principality of self‐bitterness or unloving spirits is protected and reinforced by all of Satan's demons but it’s major weapons are self‐pity, self‐abuse (see definition under “Definition of ‘Self’), self‐rejection, self‐ hatred, competition, self‐pride, self‐enthronement, and false piety.
Results of Self‐Bitterness
Satan uses self‐bitterness against us. Here, instead of being bitter toward others, we are bitter toward ourselves. Self‐bitterness produces an inability to forgive ourselves.
1. Unforgiveness of ourselves leads to self‐resentment. It says, "I can never do anything right. The harder I try the worse things get. I never have been any good, never will be any good. I'm just a nobody. I don't like the way I look. Daddy was right. I'll never amount to anything." Self‐talk like this is destructive!
2. Self‐resentment leads to self‐retaliation. This will cause us to react strongly and negatively to someone who accuses us. Our negativity results in their rejection of us, which is what we expected in the first place.
3. In self‐anger, we will find perfectionism, self‐accusation, and self‐ condemnation. When these three come together, they will trigger anger like a flash fire. If we are not careful, this anger will spill over onto somebody else. The evil fruit of this demonic attack is to include others as victims, not just us.
4. Self‐hatred ‐ we don't get to self‐hatred without self‐bitterness accusing us. Self‐ hatred is the result of a process of working through self‐unforgiveness, self‐ resentment, self‐retaliation and self‐anger, each stage being more dangerous than its predecessor. Self‐hatred results from something that simmers and festers below the surface, often for days, weeks, months or years.
5. The next stage is self‐violence. Self‐anger spills over into committing some type of hurtful act against oneself; such as cutting or mutilating oneself out of extreme shame or guilt. The ultimate expression of self‐violence is, of course, suicide. DO NOT ENTERTAIN THESE THOUGHTS! To defeat self‐murder, we have to break the bond of the unloving spirit and eliminate self‐bitterness by choosing to forgive yourself and use the Word to pull down strongholds in your mind. “I come against this spirit with the blood of Jesus and command it to go where Jesus sends it. Father in the name of Jesus, deliver Your people from these spirits and cover their minds with the blood of Jesus, in Jesus’ Name, Amen!”
6. Self‐murder is an anti‐Christ mentality that comes from the armor of an unloving spirit. When you experience such thoughts, turn them around, saying, "I do belong here." "God made me. I'm precious to Him." I do belong here! We must repent for believing the lies of the devil, in the name of Jesus command his lying spirit to go, command the spirit of death to go, and then ask the Holy Spirit to heal and make us whole.
Explain God’s Truth – Part 3C
God assigns each one of us a function in the His family. Our desire should be to function as God created us, not as the devil has recreated us. To be whole and mature, we need to stand beside each other. Occasionally we might need to carry another person's burden, but our main purpose is to fulfill the function God assigned to us at our creation.
When Jesus offered us His salvation, He paid the ultimate price. He did this because He loves us. NOW is the time to accept God's truth.
Choose TODAY to believe the Lord's promises. Do you really want to be well? Are tired of the mess the tormentors bring into your life? You must love yourself as God loves you. You must quit listening to the lies of the devil! Satan’s lies emanate from an anti‐Christ spirit; they contradict what the Bible says. Repeat with me: "I am part of the body of Christ. I am important, I am special, I am valuable." Repeat it a few times. It is what God says about each of us. Each of us is incredibly important to God.
When we believe all of the unloving spirits that scream in our heads, we are saying that God is a liar! I certainly don't want to stand before God and say, "Well, Lord, I know I'm fearfully and wonderfully made. I know I'm the apple of your eye (Psalms 17:8). I know you love me with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3) but I never did believe it.
What is the answer to unforgiveness? Forgiveness! We must learn to forgive others and ourselves. Thus begins the unraveling of the stronghold of bitterness.
4. Pray Against Self‐Bitterness: Use Self‐Bitterness Affidavit & Prayer from Session 6 (enclosed in this Session too).
5. If you have any questions, email me at email@example.com.
6. Close each session in prayer; asking God to continue to reveal the areas in you which needs to healed and the things you need to deal with.
Congratulations Everyone! You all have completed the "Importance of Forgiveness" Recovery Program! I pray it has been a blessing to you all; you all can go through it as many times as you like - it will always be on this web site. For completing the Program, you all will receive a "Certificate of Completion."
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God's Blessings to you all and your families! Have a blessed week!
Dr. Dorothy E. Hooks
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