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Old Wounds

There is no wound so deep that God cannot heal.

There is no wound so deep that God cannot heal.

I read the following Bible Study passage by Max Lucado in the “NCV The Devotional Bible: Experiencing the Heart of Jesus”. I felt a strong desire to share with my brothers and sisters. I pray it blesses you as much as it has me.

Do you have a hole in your heart?

Perhaps the wound is old…and you’re angry. Or perhaps the wound is fresh…and you’re hurt.

Part of you is broken and the other part is bitter. Part of you wants to cry, and part of you wants to fight. The tears you cry are hot because they come from your heart, and there is a fire burning in your heart. It’s the fire of anger. It’s blazing. It’s consuming. Its flames leap up under a steaming pot of revenge.

And you are left with a decision: “Do I put the fire out or heat it up? Do I get over it or get even? Do I release it or resent it? Do I let my hurts heal, or do I let hurt turn to hate?”

Are you allowing your hurts to turn into hates? If so, ask yourself: Is it working? Has your hatred done you any good? Has your resentment brought you any relief, any peace? Has it granted you any joy?

Allow the hole in your heart to heal.

Take Away Thought:  Only God is just. In order to have peace we must leave justice to Him. He will not only give us peace but He will heal the wounds left by the offenses.

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3 ESV

Dear hearts He did it for me, He will most certainly do it for you! Blessings, Love and Peace in Our Lord Jesus Christ. ~~ Ma Chris

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Those Damned Stone Throwers

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It’s an old adage that says when you live in a glass house don’t throw stones. We know Jesus didn’t use that terminology with the scribes and Pharisees but he did say this to them: “He that is without sin among you let him first cast a stone at her.” John 8:7

Dear hearts, if we as the people of God sincerely receive the teachings of Jesus Christ and follow the example He set before us in His holy word and apply it to our everyday lives then the Fruit of the Spirit, the very nature of our living God, will be manifested among men making us the bright and shining light in a sin-darkened world. If on the other hand we choose to not apply his word we risk taking on the spirit of the scribes and Pharisees and becoming self-righteous, hypocritical and judgmental – children of the devil, and foreigners to God.

According to the law of the time the adulterous woman Jesus was referring to in the opening scripture should have been stoned to death but Jesus showed her mercy and forgiveness not judgment and condemnation. Our Lord’s words still speak to the scribes and Pharisees found in today’s churches. Let there not be such a spirit among us else we too be convicted by our own sinful conscious just as they were.

Oh it’s easy to gossip about the sins of others but what about the sins we have committed since we’ve been saved? Isn’t it amazing how easy it is for us to find fault in others but it seems to be difficult to find the fault within ourselves? I wonder why! It’s puzzling because the only ones who will be held accountable for our sins in the day of God’s righteous Judgment is us!

Jesus Christ, the Hope of Glory is the only just judge.

"Neither do I condemn you..."

“Neither do I condemn you…”

Jesus is the only sinless one that ever lived on earth. This is why he was able to tell the adulterous woman “Neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more.” John 8:11

Only Jesus could say those precious words to the accused woman without condemning himself! Glory to God!

Does this mean that we are to take sin lightly? Of course not. Jesus has never condoned sin for anyone but He does grant forgiveness of sin for everyone. Our blessed Savior is rich in mercy, compassionate toward all and His love is ever lasting, not because we deserve it but because that’s just who He is.

So let’s examine ourselves before we judge others and acknowledge our own faults before we set out to find fault in others. And let us think before we speak negatively about those who have fallen into sin. Our Heavenly Father knows all things, the seen and unseen of all his blessed children, still He shows mercy and grace toward us.

Should we not do the same?

If we were still living under the law instead of grace I’d be dead! Oh yes I would. Matthew 7:1-5 says:

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you. And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’; and look, a plank is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

May the word of God saturate our hearts with the agape love of Jesus Christ that we may earnestly pray for those who are weak in the faith, considering ourselves, that we too need God’s forgiveness in our lives and the prayers of our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Let’s never forget that God sent His Son into the world not to condemn but to set us free from our sins. We must follow his example, we can do no less. I encourage all the blood washed in Christ Jesus to not be found guilty of being named among those damned stone throwers.

May the blessings of God continue to be upon each of us.

Breaking Free From Low Self-Esteem

Breaking Free From Strongholds
Dear hearts today’s post is about the power of low self-esteem in the life of a Christian or the redeemed and how to overcome it. Many Christians are not aware that we can be saved and still be influenced by such a powerful force.

Low self-esteem is a spirit that attacks the mind by taking control of, and distorting our perception of ourselves and the world around us.  The amount of influence this spirit has over the mind of a believer is a gradual process; it doesn’t occur over night but rather over a period of years. It often begins its attack in a believer’s childhood. By the time that individual reaches adulthood he or she is firmly under its control and his/her view of God and the world around them is distorted.

Our Heavenly Father does not suffer from low self-esteem nor should his children. Low self-esteem is not one of the fruits of the Spirit! In order for us to have a Christ-like mind we must have a positive attitude when it comes to how we think about ourselves.

Satan, who is the Father of Lies, knows that if he can cause us to have a poor perception of ourselves it will make it easier for him to feed us more lies.

Two of the biggest lies he has in his arsenal is:  the lie that God doesn’t love us and that God hasn’t forgiven us for our sins!

He will even cause us to see ourselves as worthless, unimportant, alone and unlovable, leaving us in a state of sadness and despair.

When we see God in an incorrect way it gives Satan the ammunition he needs to build up more strongholds against us in order to keep our thoughts in captivity. This will cause us to think and see Him in a way that is contrary to how God intends for believers to think.

Dear hearts it is vital that we understand and recognize the stronghold of low self-esteem so that we can overcome it and so that it will not be a hindrance to our spiritual growth.

In order for us to know who we are it is essential for us to know who we are in Christ Jesus.

As long as we base our identity on how we think or feel about ourselves, or how other people view us, we’ll never see or accept God’s vision of us. After we are filled with his Holy Spirit he sees us through the blood of Jesus Christ. We are no longer the same person.

We are royalty! We are the first heirs of the Heavenly Kingdom. We are the Children of a Great King. To that we can say, “Hallelujah”! Praise our God!

Dear Hearts, our Heavenly Father loves us with such a great love and there’s no stronghold that is so powerful that he cannot pull it down! Even low self-esteem with all of its strongholds can’t stand against the power of all powers, the Lord Jesus Christ.

My blessed brothers and sisters in Christ I encourage you today, let’s stop looking at the wrong image in the mirror of life, that mirror that Satan has shoved in our faces for years as children and as adults. It only builds up strongholds – it’s time to tear them down, let’s start today!

Let’s look into the mirror that God has been holding up for us all these years. Let’s stop being afraid of the image that awaits us. When we dare to look at that image in God’s mirror we’ll see the identity that we have taken on through the shed blood of Jesus Christ and the in-filling of the Holy Spirit. Yes that’s right; we’ll see His image looking back at us. The very image of God!

Rebecca and I read the following scripture daily, it’s posted on the mirrors in our home and so that every time we look in a mirror we are reminded of how God sees us. Our eyes may play tricks on us but God’s word always reveals utter truth!

Psalm 139:13-18 (NIV)

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts,God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand—when I awake, I am still with you.

So you see, the thoughts that God has toward us now did not begin after we were converted! God is awesome! He knew us before we were conceived in the womb, loved us in our imperfect state and already knew his purpose for each of our lives. He has not and will not allow the enemy to destroy us!

When I suffered from the spirit of low self-esteem the thought of suicide crossed my mind. If God had not kept me from the will of the enemy I would not be writing this post nor would I’ve been saved.

Satan may have tried to make an attempt on my life through suicidal thoughts but God blocked him! Our Righteous Lord stood between me and death. Suicide demons have to step back in the presence of the Most Holy! Oh praise God for who He is!

Just think it’s because of our Gracious God that I’m alive today, I have two beautiful daughters, and I am blessed beyond measure. He brought me out of sin and favored me by adopting me into his royal family, to live in his kingdom for eternity.

Is there anyone who can top this blessing plan?

I know no other! In face of such a God as this, strongholds don’t stand a chance!

Remember, there is power in the name of Jesus and dear hearts – he breaks every chain, every chain!