Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Do we believe?
I don't even know where to start this post. My heart is heavy for so many reasons and I have spent a few days trying to sort out just exactly what has me so burdened. It all boils down to our inability to let the past stay in the past. This is a favorite tool in Satan's tool box. In fact, he could keep most of us in bondage with this one tool alone. I have been slapped in the face with this from both sides this week. First, by someone who has accepted Christ's Salvation and moved on to a much better life, only to be shunned by the church because she wears her testimony in ink. Second, by someone who I had NO idea was in complete bondage- who cried out to me that she is held captive by her past.
Why do we not believe God's Word? The old has passed away, the new has come!
So, if you are a church member, please welcome all in with open arms and let God work in their lives as HE sees fit. Don't try and "fix" them so that they fit into your idea of what a church member looks like. If we all had our pre-Christ lives out in the open for all to see, we would all be very much the same. Remember that. My goodness, it is only by the GRACE of God that I am not in a gutter somewhere myself. The same goes for you. Jesus is in the saving business. Do we believe in the power of His blood or not?
Finally, if you are held captive by your past, please consider this...it is bad enough that it happened, but it is a complete travesty that Satan is keeping you in bondage to it. Take your eyes off of your past and off of yourself and look to Jesus. Take your eyes off of the person who hurt you and look to Jesus. Take that beaten, battered, bruised, and otherwise wounded heart that you are protecting so fiercely and offer it to Christ, for He is TRULY the lover of your soul. He is trustworthy. Every time Satan whispers his lies in your ear, look to Christ who is restoring you. Search God's word for His promises of restoration. HE will deliver you and HE will restore you.
Joel 2:25 says that the Lord will restore to you the years that the locusts have eaten.
Exodus 14:14 says that the Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.
Revelation 21:5 says that the Lord seated on His throne says "Behold, I am making all things new"
Don't judge me by my past. I don't live there anymore.
And neither do you.