So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. Romans 8:1-2 NLT
Raise your hand if you have every been picked on in your lifetime. I can pretty much see by the show of hands that we have all been there before. Lies and rumors and hurtful names can cut at you worse than actually being stabbed with a sharpened knife. Kids tease and parents ridicule. We get told we are not good enough or that we will not amount to anything. We are bombarded with comments about our weight and overall appearance. These are truly Satan’s attacks on our lives, especially since most of it occurs when we are very young and once the rejection sets in we begin to believe it to be true because it is all we know.
I was teased a lot in elementary school and it really destroyed me as a person until I got to high school. I was called names and teased for my clothes. My parents were not financially blessed but they did their best. My mom shopped at Goodwill when it wasn’t cool, it was considered a place where you went when you were poor. The other piece to the destruction to my self image was my dad at times would call me chubby and it quickly became who I was and I struggled in junior high to get rid of that feeling. I ended up staying skinny but it wasn’t because I had healthy eating habits. I still struggle sometimes today about my appearance but because I have learned to see myself as Jesus does, the pain is not there.
Just like a tree that has been pecked at over and over by the woodpecker, our souls begin to get holes in them. The more we get teased, the more holes we accumulate and then pretty soon part of us begins to die and sometimes no matter how much someone tries to pour life back into us it just seeps out the holes. We just no longer know how to receive anything good about ourselves, we have accepted all of those crazy lies and we have no idea how to stop the pain. Just like in my blog the other day, we have to expose the roots and start forgiving those who have hurt us.
For me, it took forgiving a lot of people in my life and finally accepting myself for how God saw me. I had to read His promises for my life to fill in the holes from the enemy and it was the only way for life to begin again in my soul. If we dwell so much on what others say about us we will never see what God made us for. We will never be able to experience love and acceptance.
Today, choose to forgive those who have put holes in your soul. Begin today to see yourself as God does. Let those who truly love you, pour into your soul and help you heal. Allow God to show you how He sees you. Give yourself another chance to be a living member of society knowing where you stand with God. You are a Son or Daughter of the Most High and He delights in everything about you!
Hosea 4: 6 (KJV) My people perish from a lack of knowledge.
Ever wonder why we do not have time to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives? Why are we too busy to do the two things God asked us to do: Love one another as He loves and spread the Gospel? I feel like two things are to blame for this, one being Satan busy distracting us and the other, our lack of knowledge in the Word. Now I am not attacking anyone at all because I am not fully proficient in the Word myself and perhaps it is time for me to step up my game.
God instructs us not to become conformed to this world but to grow in the renewing of our minds by the reading of His Word. Sometimes in day to day living we get too busy to even pop open the Bible to read a verse or two. As for myself I get excited about a devotional only to find myself a week later “too busy” to keep up with it. I also like to use the excuse of being in revival meeting four times a week and that’s where I get the Word.
Another aspect of being too busy for knowledge is that we get caught up in the news media and television. We get so interested in what is going on all around us, we forget to focus on the very thing that God has right in front of us. Yes some of us are gifted to help those who need rescuing from disasters and those who need specialized care in certain circumstances. He does not design all of us with the same giftings, if He had we would be so busy helping the disaster victims that we would have a world full of depressed and broken hearted people with no one to help them.
Do you see the picture I am trying to paint? People all around us are saying we are in the end times and the world is at it’s worst, but what are we doing to save the world? What will save the people of this world is Jesus and if we just do the two things we were instructed to do, everything else will just fit like puzzle pieces and God will protect those who are under His wing of protection.
I myself need to dig a little deeper into God’s Word so that I may be filled with the knowledge that will allow me to life my life to the fullest. When we read His Word we hide it in our hearts and it will stay there for eternity. When we read the Bible we are filled with hope and we learn to discern what are giftings really are. Yes this world is a crazy place but when we have the peace that passes all understanding, we are able to push through and accomplish the tasks God sets out for our lives. Choose today to seek His knowledge and begin to life a life of freedom in Jesus.
- For we are not fighting against flesh and blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.
Mind over matter seems like a lie just now, shouldn’t it be what matters takes over our minds? How else are we going to be in the Presence of God? If we let all the thoughts of today meander in while we are worshiping we will never touch God! If Jesus is all that matters then He should take over your mind.
This thought ran across my mind as I was recently riding in the car listening to a worship song. I snapped out of the zone I was in and quickly wrote this thought process down which was then followed by a mini-sermon preached to my husband. My spirit was just on fire for a moment as I marveled at this revelation. It was as if someone took over me for a moment just to get this into my spirit. Seriously if we are aspiring to be more and more like Jesus, shouldn’t we be letting Him take over our minds so that we can think like He does and act they way He would?
I posted that exact quote above on Facebook that very day and I was astonished to discover that no one liked it. Not one of my 1,800 friends liked that status, which caused me to further reflect on it’s weight in my perspective. I talked to a few friends. Did a little research and I still came up with the same feeling, if all that matters is Jesus then He should have control of our minds. The Bible even says to hold all thoughts captive and turn them over to Jesus.
I know it’s hard to change, believe me I went kicking and screaming to the altar several times. I did not want to change all the ugly things I had hidden away. I wanted to just keep walking forward pretending that everything was just A-okay. Change hurts. You have to face past hurts and woundedness. You might have to forgive a few people along the way, including yourself. Who wants to go through all of that? I do! Pick me!
I no longer wanted to stay where I was in life so I chose to make Jesus the center of it all and my life had completely changed in just three short years. I was relocated, reloved and finally happy for the first time in years. I learned how to be compassionate and accepting of others. I was changed from the inside out but only because I put what mattered the most over my mind, Jesus.
Are you in a place right now that you know is not where you really desire to be? Perhaps you have taken some wrong turns or made the wrong choices in life, well, you are not stuck. There is a simple solution to it all: Jesus. Maybe today is the day you yell out to God and He grabs your hand and pulls you from the pit. The mind is a powerful thing and once you let Jesus take it over, the sky is the limit!!!