Trojan Horse Lie: I'm a Victim

Are we victims of our circumstances? This 1-Minute devotion addresses the way this un-biblical belief is damaging Christians and culture.

The Trojan Horse series covers false teachings which have entered the church to undermine sound doctrine.

Nowhere in Scripture does God excuse a man's sins because of his life circumstances. 

But we do it all the time because Satan has convinced us we're victims, not sinners. 

We blame our sins on insecurity, poor self-esteem, bad parenting, mistreatment, lack of opportunity, or difficult circumstances. 

But God gave us a biblical example that blows our victim mentality out of the water. 

It's the story of young Joseph (Genesis 37-50):
Raised in a family of incest, murder, multiple wives, and jealous half-brothers. Sold into slavery. Thrown into prison by a lying adulterous woman. Separated from his home and forced to live as a stranger in a pagan culture. 

He could have wallowed in self-pity, disabled with fear and rejection. But he chose to do the right thing—forgive his offenders, trust God for his circumstances, and make the best of his life. And that's what we must start doing too. 

No one is a victim when they're in Christ.*
*Please understand this within the context of sin. Victims of crime or abuse are not responsible for the crimes committed against them. But the sins committed against them don't excuse their sinful choices in life.

To do a Bite Size Study on this devotion, click HERE. (It just takes 5 minutes.)

To read the others in the Trojan Horse Series:
Trojan Horse Enemies in the Church
Trojan Horse Lie: Loving Self First
Trojan Horse Lie: Happiness

See also: Self-Defense and Anatomy of an Insincere Repentance
And be aware of the popular Freudian psychology that is wronging labeled "Christian" - The Boundaries Movement which has put an attractive spin on the victim mentality.

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Are we victims of our circumstances? This 1-Minute devotion addresses the way this un-biblical belief is damaging Christians and culture.

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  1. I definitely needed to read this! Thanks!

  2. Thank. I needed to hear this today. I've been letting my circumstances control my spiritual life.

    1. Dear Michelle,
      It blesses me to know this was helpful and timely for you.
      Gail : )

  3. Great post again! Thanks Gail!

  4. Absolute truth! Love this post!

  5. Drop those truth bombs!! Great message! Too many victims not enough victors!

  6. I have been guilty of this, Thank you Gail

  7. Wonderfully encouraging! Thanks for spreading hope, Gail!