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Anne Graham Lotz: 'Wounded By God's People'

Author and speaker Anne Graham Lotz discusses strategies to overcome the offenses in life that can derail our spiritual growth. Read Transcript


TERRY: ALL OF US HAVE BEEN

WOUNDED, HURT OR NEGLIGENTED BY

OTHER PEOPLE.

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN WOUNDED BY

GOD'S PEOPLE, PEOPLE IN THE

CHURCH?

EVEN BILLY GRAHAM'S DAUGHTER

FEELS YOUR PAIN.

TAKE A LOOK.

ANNE GRAHAM LOTZ HAS BEEN

PROCLAIMING GOD'S WORD AROUND

THE WORLD FOR 30 YEARS.

HER BELOVED FATHER BILLY GRAHAM

HAS PREACHED TO MORE PEOPLE THAN

ANYONE IN HISTORY.

LIKE HER DAD, ANNE IS ALSO A

BEST SELLING AUTHOR "JUST GIVE

ME JESUS"

DRAW PEOPLE BY THE THOUSANDS IN

HER BOOK "WOUNDED BY GOD'S

PEOPLE"

ANNE SHARES AND OFFERS ADVISE OF

HEALING WOUNDS OF A BROKEN

HEART.

TERRY: WELCOME BACK TO "THE

700 CLUB" ANNE GRAHAM LOTZ.

SO GOOD TO BE HERE.

THANK YOU.

[APPLAUSE]

TERRY: PEOPLE WOULD EXPECT

YOU WOULD BE TREATED LIKE

ROYALTY AND NEVER A PROBLEM

ESPECIALLY IN THE CHURCH,

"WOUNDED BY GOD'S PEOPLE"

IS BEING HURT IN THE CHURCH BY

THE PEOPLE OF GOD.

THAT HAS HAPPENED TO YOU.

NOT JUST PEOPLE IN THE CHURCH

BUT BELIEVERS.

THE REASONS THOSE HURT THE MOST,

YOU HAVE TRUSTED AND FEEL SAFE

AND REJECT YOU OR BETRAY OR

SLANDER OR LIE TO YOU, IT HURTS

MORE.

WE HAVE HAD SEVERAL EXPERIENCES

LIKE THAT AFTER EACH ONE MY

HUSBAND AND I LEFT.

FOR A YEAR WE DIDN'T GO TO

CHURCH, THAT IS TWICE IN OUR

LIVES WHAT A CALL A BELIEVER IN

EXILE.

TERRY: TALK ABOUT THAT, THAT

IS NOT AN UNCOMMON HAPPENING

THAT SOMEONE IS WOUNDED IN

CHURCH AND SO DEEPLY HURT.

THEY DON'T FEEL SAFE GOING

ANYWHERE.

IT IS AMAZING.

I THINK GEORGE BARNA CAME OUT

WITH RESEARCH, MAJORITY OF

PEOPLE NOT IN CHURCH BECAUSE

THEY WERE HURT BY SOMEBODY IN A

CHURCH.

MANY BELIEVERS IN EXILE.

WHEN THAT HAPPENED TO US, IT

DIDN'T DAMAGE MY FAITH, IT MADE

ME FEEL CLOSER TO GOD.

JESUS UNDERSTANDS THAT KIND OF

PAIN.

HE WAS REJECTED.

IT CAUSED ME TO LOVE THE LORD

MORE AND MADE ME WANTS TO KNOW

GOD FOR WHO HE IS, NOT AS PEOPLE

REFLECT HIM.

SOMETIMES THE CHURCH GIVES A

TARNISHED REFLECTION OF HIM.

I WANTED TO MAKE HIM KNOWN,

TERRY, IN A WAY THAT WOULD DRAW

PEOPLE TO HIM, NOT DRIVE THEM

AWAY.

TERRY: THEY SAY THE THINGS

THAT DON'T HURT US MAKE US

BITTER OR BETTER.

WOUNDED PEOPLE ARE WONDER

WOUNDERS.

IT IS LIKE DRINKING THE

POISON HOPING THE OTHER PERSON

DIES.

IT WOUNDS YOUR SPIRIT AND YOUR

SPIRITS ARE SHRIVELLED.

TELL GOD YOU ARE HURT.

IT IS A CHOICE TO FORGIVE THE

PERSON AND RECEIVE GOD AND REACH

OUT TO THE PERSON.

DO SOMETHING TO BLESS THEM.

YOUR SPIRIT RISES ABOVE IT.

WHAT I HAVE HAD TO GUARD, WHEN I

AM WOUNDED, NATURAL REACTION IS

TO HURT BACK.

TERRY: THIS REACTION.

[LAUGHTER].

IT BEGINS A CYCLE OF PAIN I

TRACE IN THE BOOK IN HAGGAR'S

LIFE.

SHE HAD ABRAHAM'S BABY.

THERE IS A SERIES OF WOUNDING.

SHE BECAME A WOUNDERS.

AND SARAH THE SAME, IT GOES

NOWHERE.

WE HAVE TO BREAK THAT CYCLE.

TERRY: HERE YOU ARE, PEOPLE

HAVE SUCH HIGH EXPECTATIONS OF

YOU, ANNE.

I KNOW YOU HAVE EXPERIENCED THE

PAIN OF BEING JUDGED BY PEOPLE,

CRITICIZED BY PEOPLE, YOU HAD A

SON WHO WENT THROUGH A DIVORCE,

TALK ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED AND HOW

YOU HANDLED THAT?

YOU HANDLE IT BY GOING TO THE

LORD.

I LOVE THE PSALMS, DAVID CRIES

OUT AND HE WAS WOUNDED BY PEOPLE

OF FAITH, ALSO.

BIBLE IS A WONDERFUL SOURCE OF

COMFORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT AND

SOMETIMES CONVICTION.

AT ONE POINT, SOMEONE WOUNDED ME

SO DEVASTATINGLY, IT WAS CRUEL

AND I WAS STUNNED.

I COULDN'T GET OVER IT.

AS I BEGAN TO PRAY, WHY IS IT

SOMETHING THAT I DID THAT

PROVOKED IT.

GOD REVEALED AN ATTITUDE IN MY

LIFE I HAD USED AS I DEALT WITH

HER THAT BUILT IN HER OVER TIME

UNTIL SHE EXPLODED IN THIS

WOUNDING WAY.

I HAD TO TELL GOD I WAS SORRY

FOR MY ATTITUDE, TELL HER I WAS

SORRY.

THERE WAS A FORMAL

RECONCILIATION.

THERE IS NOT A WARM

RELATIONSHIP.

I PRAY THAT WILL COME IN TIME.

SOMETIMES THINGS TAKE TIME.

TERRY: IT IS HAVING THAT

ATTITUDE OF SEARCH ME.

DAVID SAID IN PSALM 139.

HE WANTED GOD TO SEARCH HIS

HEART.

TERRY: IT TOOK YOU FOUR

YEARS TO WRITE THIS BOOK.

EVEN IN THE WRITING OF THE BOOK

YOU WENT THROUGH A HURTFUL

SITUATION, IS THERE ONE TIME YOU

WERE WOUNDED THAT REALLY STANDS

OUT?

THE SITUATION YOU JUST

MENTIONED?

WHAT STANDS OUT AS THE HARDEST

THING YOU HAD TO DEAL WITH?

I SORT OF PUT THEM IN THE

PAST, TERRY.

THEY DON'T STAND OUT TO ME

BECAUSE THEY ARE UNDER THE

BLOOD.

TERRY: AMEN.

WHEN WE WERE REJECTED BY A

CHURCH, I THOUGHT WE WOULD DIE

THERE.

MY CHILDREN WERE BAPTIZED.

WHEN THEY VOTED TO REMOVE MY

HUSBAND AND REJECTED US TO THE

SOUND OF APPLAUSE WAS AMAZING.

WALKING TO THE PARKING LOT, I

WANTED TO KNOW GOD AS HE WAS AND

NOT LIKE THE CHURCH REFLECTED

HIM AND IN A WAY OTHER PEOPLE

WOULD LOVE HIM.

GOD CAN ALLOW WOUNDS BECAUSE

THEY CAN BRING A BLESSING.

IF YOU'LL BRING IT TO GOD.

HE MOVED US INTO ANOTHER CHURCH

OR REDIRECTED MY MINISTRY.

SOMETIMES THE WOUNDING AND MY

RESPONSE IS WHAT HE USES TO

DIRECT ME.

THE CROSS IS A GOOD EXAMPLE,

ISN'T IT?

JESUS WAS WOUNDED IN AN ULTIMATE

WAY.

LOOK AT THE GLORY AND

RESURRECTION.

TERRY: THAT IS THE TAKE AWAY

OF "WOUNDED BY GOD'S PEOPLE"

WE CAN KNOW HIM WELL.

A DEAR FRIEND SAID AFTER THE

RESURRECTION, JESUS WAS SHOWING

THEM WOUNDS CAN HEAL QUICKLY.

IT IS A JOURNEY.

IT IS A PROCESS.

TERRY: HAVE TO ASK YOU

QUICKLY, IS YOUR DAD DOING WELL?

HE IS.

HE'LL BE 95 NOVEMBER 7TH.

HE HAS THE BIG MY HOPE PROJECT

GOING.

IT IS GOING TO BE THRILLING.

TERRY: TELL HIM WE LOVE HIM.

I WILL.

TERRY: GREAT TO HAVE YOU

HEAR.

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