The Broken Wing (4 Aug 2017)
It is quite probable that someone reading this, is fighting an inner battle with a ghost of the past. The skeleton is one of yesterday's closets is beginning to rattle louder and louder. Putting adhesive tape around the closet and moving the dresser in front of the door does litlle to muffle the clattering bones. Tou wonder, possibly, "Who knows? You think, probably, "I've had, I can't win..party's over."
The anchor that tumbled off your boat dragging and snagging on the bottom. Guilt and anxiety have come abroad, pointing out the great dark hulks of shipwreck below. They busy themselves drilling worry-holes in your hull and you are beginning to sink. Down in the hole, you can hear them chant and old lie aas they work: " The bird with the broken pinion never soared as high again.
Allow me to present a case in opposition to these destructive an inaccurate accusers. It may be true that you've done or experienced things which would have embarrass you if they become public knowledge. You may have committed a terrible and tragic sin that was never traced back to you. You may have a criminal record or a moral charge or a domestic conflict that, to this present, is private information. You may be wrestling with a past that has been fractured and wounded by a mental emotional break down. Futile attempts to commit suicide may add to the previous scar tissue and increase your fear of being label "sick or nervous>" It is possible that you live with memories, covered now by the sands of time of an illicit relationship or a financial failure or a terrible habit or a divorce or a scandalous involvement. You feel that any one pf these things might mar or cripple your reputation if the dirty details ever spilled on the table of gluttonous gossipers.
But wait a minute. Before you surrender your case as hopeless, consider the liberating evidence offered in your, Bible. Take an honest look at men and women whom God has used in spite of their past! Abraham, founder of Israel and tagge "the friend of God,: was once an idol worship. Joseph had a prison record but later became the Prime Minister of Egypt. Moses was a murderer, buy later become the one who delivered his nation from the slavery of the Egyptians. Jephthah was an illegitimate child who ran around with a tough bunch of hood, before he was chosen by God to become the His personal representative. Rahab was a harlot on the street of Jericho, but later was used in such a mighty way That God enlisted her among the members of his hall of fame in Hebrew 11.
Still unconvinced? There's more. Eli and Samuel were both poor.inconsistent fathers, but proved to be strong men in God's hand regardless. Jonah and John Mark were missionaries who ran away from hardships like cowards but were ever so profitable later on. Peter open;y denied Jesus and cursed Him, only to return and become God's choicest spokesman among the early years of the infant Church. Paul was so hard and vicios in his eraly life that the disciples and apostle refused to believe he's actually become a Christian, But you know how Greatly God used him. We could go on and on.The files of heaven are filled with stories of redeemed, refitted renegades and rebels.
How magnificent is grace! How magnificent is guilt! How sweet are the promises! How sour is the past. How precious and broad is god's love! How petty and narrow are men's limitations! How refreshing is the Lord! How rigid is the legalist!
There is not a single saint who sits in single church free from a few things she or he is ashamed of- that thyy did in the past, no not one of us! The one who thinks otherwise is worse than all the rest of us combined. Mark it-when God forgives, He forgets. He not only willing but pleased to use any vessel, just as long as it is clean today. It may be cracked or chipped, it may be worn or it may have never been used before. You can count on this. The past ended one second ago. Form this point ownard you can be cleaned, filled with the Holy Ghost, and used in may different ways for His honor, God 's glory grace says, Throw guilt and anxiety away, overboard, draw up the anchor, trim the sails, man the rudder, a strong gale is coming
Filling up the train to Glory! (3 Aug 2016)
I'm really not interested in hearing how special God thinks I am," Charles said protested. "People who focus on themselves end up totally selfish. I can't see how thinking about me helps to glorify God and show the world how great he is."
God wants you to see yourself like he sees you: lovable, valuable, and useful to him and others. But why? Is it to make you feel warm and fuzzy? Could he possibly want to feed your selfish side? No and no. God wants you totally convinced that your are loved and valuable because he has a far deeper purpose for fixing your faulty self-image-but it's because he has a work for you to do.
You might not realize this incredible fact about yourself; You are God's gift to the world. If that wasn't true, you'd just be taking space. God could have zoomed you straight to heaven the moment you trusted Christ. The fact that he chooses to have you hang around on earth even after you belong to him proves that you have a distinct purpose for being here.
So what is the purpose for your life? It is to go to heaven and take as many with you as you can. That makes you know that Christ has made you alive and set you free so you can help others be set free. (neat huh?)
I hope you have a burning desire to be part of god's plan of redemption. When you get the picture that God created everyone in his image and sent Christ to die for everyone, you want to share his love with them. And when you realize that you too are lovable, valuable, and competent, suddenly you give your heart jammed with the love of Jesus.
You may say, "if the whole reason I'm here is to lead people to Jesus, then I' a rotten failure. Hardly anyone-no one-has come to Christ from my telling them about him." That might be true. But it's also likely to be true that a bunch of people are on their way to trusting Christ because of who you are in Christ and how you love them.
If as a Christian you see yourself as God's valuable child, your are communicating something of the gospel to others. As you live out your faith-and learn to speak up for Christ when the opportunities arise-you will likely see even more people come to Christ.