Healing Our Scars

Selective Focus Photography of Pink and Yellow Tulips Flowers

 

As children, we have no idea how to handle negative words and behavior from our caregivers and other people. We tend to believe what they say to us and about us. Even our siblings and friends wound us. These people are hurting, so they cause hurt in others.

 

Old wounds prevent us from walking in health in our body, soul and spirit. We develop fear, insecurities and health issues that hound us all the days of our life; some of which are subconscious, but affect us just the same. We live in a downward spiral.

 

Only God has the power to completely heal these injuries. Our physical scars have a tendency to cause pain of various degrees, and some will even adhere to places in our body in which they do not belong. Scars in our soul – our thoughts and emotions – do the same thing.

 

The sanctification process of God’s Holy Spirit includes healing these deep-seated impairments, and removing their impact on other areas of our life. God uses these devastating experiences in our testimony of His grace and comfort in our life in order to set others free.

 

Scars also prove our need to depend on God, and they increase our compassion for others, and our intimacy with our Heavenly Father. Jesus suffered in life in every capacity that we all suffer. He is now our advocate, pleading our case and lifting us up in our afflictions.

 

That is why it is so important for us to lay down the bondage of burdens, which we accepted all of our life, and to take Jesus’ yoke upon our shoulders instead. His yoke is easy and light (Matthew 11:28-30), because He is harnessed with us, and we are following His lead throughout life.

 

Prayer:

Father God, teach us that yoking up with Jesus removes the power of our emotional scars to cause us pain, focuses our obedience on Your direction of our life, and increases our faith in Your faithfulness. Help us to break free of bondage to fear, and to step into the realm of freedom in Christ; so that we can walk in Your Spirit each moment of our day. Our life flows so much easier that way, and we encounter diving appointments more frequently.

 

Remind us that we cannot protect our self from the pain of life; but in living for You, we can walk in freedom, and rejoice in our light and momentary affliction (2 Corinthians 4:17-18). You are our righteous judge, and we trust only in You. Thank You for Jesus’ atoning sacrifice that paid for our sins through His blood, thank You for Your mercy and patience, and thank You for Your justice and justification of those who believe in You (Romans 3:25-26).

 

Thought for the Day:

Negative experiences drive us deeper under the shadow of God’s wings (Psalm 91), improve our friendship with God (John 1:15), open our eyes to the miracles He performs for us each day of our life (Philippians 4:19), prove to us the validity of His promises (2 Corinthians 1:20-22), teach us to rejoice evermore (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18), and encourage us to run to the shelter of our church family for prayer and comfort.

A Team Effort

View of Ocean during Golden Hour

 

Moses’ father-in-law was a very perceptive man. He realized that Moses was burning his candle from both ends and would soon burn out. Therefore, he came up with a plan to suggest to Moses that would prevent a breakdown from happening (Exodus 18:18-27).

 
We often take too much upon our shoulders as well. We get exhausted and weary from too much responsibility, stress and self-imposed pressure. I often say, “I am only one person, I cannot do more than one thing at a time.”

 

Unlike Moses, we find it hard to ask for help. We do not want to afflict anyone else with our burdens. We insist on independence, so we do not have to rely on anyone else to get the job done; that way we will not be disappointed.

 

Negative emotions start to erode our peace, joy and focus. We drown in frustration, resentment, impatience and anger, which weigh us down even more. There is no shame in asking for help; in fact, that is why God has His Body.

 

When we work together as a Body, we share the wisdom God has given to each one of us, and we receive the blessing of giving of our self and helping others to feel useful and needed too. We accomplish God’s will together.

 

With each one of us doing our part, we walk in harmony and peace through every circumstance. Christ is the head of His Body, and He liberally gives each of us His peace that passes all human understanding.

 

As we delight in the Lord and commit our ways to His direction and care, He promises to direct our steps (Proverbs 3:5-6). We enjoy our union with Him and crave His presence and the fullness of His Spirit in our life each moment of the day.

 

Prayer:

Father God, the devil has a way of filling our heart and mind with his negative thoughts and feelings, and sometimes they even get blown out of proportion by wounds from our past or current events or fear of the future. Remind us that Jesus in us empowers us to desire and to accomplish Your will for us.

 

We feel such an eagerness to bless You with all of our thoughts, words and deeds. We learned from experience that You are worthy of our trust because of Your faithfulness to us in every circumstance. You gave us a passport to Heaven through the blood of Jesus, and we can never thank You enough.

 

Thought for the Day:

No one is an island, and an effective performance is not accomplished as productively by one person’s labor, as it is through a team effort.

 

 

Salt and Light

Photography of Leaves on Ground

Most of us do not dabble in satanic rituals, Ouija boards, séances, sorcery, witchcraft, fortune telling, horoscopes, Wicca, tarot cards, voodoo dolls, casting spells, using mystical powers, etc. because these open the door of our life to Satan.

 

Well, anyone who chooses to be sympathetic toward the issues and political correctness of our society also becomes an enemy of God (James 4:4). If we believe Satan’s lies about acceptance and inclusiveness, God considers our thoughts as foolish and futile (1 Corinthians 3:19-20).

 

We actually prevent our self from becoming a sad statistic in the roaring lion’s boneyard (1 Peter 1:8), by walking in the Spirit and not fulfilling the curiosity of our mind or the lusts of our flesh (Galatians 5:15-25).

 

We keep our mind clear and alert, as we resist Satan (1 Peter 5:8). We may have to stand alone in our circle of friends, co-workers and family, but God gives us His faith and courage to do so (Luke 14:26).

 

We also have the Body of Christ for our fellowship and support. God equips His Saints to overcome Satan’s influence in our life by using weapons of spiritual warfare that are mighty in pulling down his strongholds (2 Corinthians 10:4).

 

As we submit to God, and resist the devil, Satan runs from us (James 4:7). We also resist the urge to trust in our human understanding; and instead, we trust only in the Lord with our whole heart (Proverbs 3:5-6).

 

God helps us to be sure of what we hope for, even though we cannot see it without faith (Hebrews 11:1). We walk away from the multitude of influences in the world, which attempt to draw us away from God, and we seek to please the One who sacrificed His life for us.

 

We walk carefully and diligently, through the mine field of this world, toward freedom in Christ (Ephesians 5:15). Jesus is the Light of the World, and when we follow His ways, we walk in light instead of darkness.

 

Prayer:

Father God, help us to stand strong against the lies of the devil, and to walk in Your wisdom and truth instead. Give us Your discernment to believe Your Word, and to faithfully trump, with Your truth, the cards which Satan tries to deal out to us. We do not want to call good evil and evil good (Isaiah 5:20).

 

Instead, we want to walk solely in Your truth throughout our lifetime, following Your precepts and living up to Your standards of holiness by the power of Your Spirit who abides within us. Help us to stand up to the world’s philosophy and deceitful deception, and to be a light set on a hill, and salt which preserves righteousness in the world (Matthew 5:13-14).

 

Thought for the Day:

God’s Spirit sanctifies us and transforms us by renewing our thoughts with the mind of Christ (Romans 12:2), which enables us to see things from His point of view, and to base our beliefs on His Word rather than on social issues.

 

God’s Presence all through the Day

Tree With Brunch and Green Leaves during Sunset

 

When God moves into our life, He calls us to do everything for His glory – even issues as mundane as what we eat and drink (1 Corinthians 10:31). God’s presence in us encourages us to simplify our modern schedule and to slow down.

 

As we walk in the Spirit, rather than in the flesh, and we consult Him before we do anything, we accomplish God’s plans instead of our own (Galatians 5:15-25). We walk in obedience, rather than in our humanistic timetable, and we enjoy unprecedented success.

 

We encounter God-moments of ministry, joy that defies description and that is full of God’s glory, and peace like a river that flows through our body, soul and spirit and out into the world around us. We bask in God’s presence within us all day long.

 

Anxiety and worry fade, because we are living by faith in the Son of God who loves us and gave Himself as our ransom for our sins (Galatians 2:20). Life’s challenges, trials and pitfalls are simply little bumps in the road that God levels out for us (Psalm 27:11; Isaiah 26:7).

 

God’s Trinity within us bridges the deep chasms of chaos, and provides for us in every circumstance, no matter how challenging they appear. Our part is to simplify our routine, and to consult Him before we do anything, in order to gain His perspective and plans for each moment (Proverbs 3:5-6).

 

This allows us to discover how easy it is to detach from the cares of this life. We no longer feel any concern about the brand of our clothing or car, the number of shoes in our closet, the amount of tools in our garage, or the amount of toys in our possession, etc.

 

We delight in the presence of God as we chat with Him throughout the day, and we erupt into praise for His wondrous works on our behalf. Praying without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17) provides us with the assurance that we are making a difference in our world, one step at a time.

 

Prayer:

Father God, remind us that when we use the negative emotions currently present in our soul as a roadmap, we can uncover the cares of this world that are holding us back from walking in Your will. They also reveal to us the neglect we discover in our own life, because Your plans for us are thwarted by our busyness, fears and insecurities.

 

Help us to relinquish the trappings of this life that we accumulate, because they act as chains around our feet. They hinder our walk with You by their sheer weight and the restrictions they present. We want to frolic in the freedom of Your Spirit each moment of our day, and to accomplish for Your Kingdom the works that You ordained for us to do before we were even born (Ephesians 2:10).

 

Thought for the Day:

The Holy Spirit is a great organizer, and He wants to clean up the clutter in our life and to streamline our concerns, in order to allow us to accomplish the works for which God created us to accomplish throughout our lifetime; we love the Lord with all of our heart, and we hold nothing back from the scrutiny of His Spirit.

– Psalm 139:16

 

 

Grateful Praise

Scenic View Of Mountain

 

Praising God is for our benefit as much as for God’s. Praise keeps us in a good mood, promotes positive thoughts and health, and lifts us from the pit of depression and degradation. Many people watch as we praise Him during our trials, and their thanksgiving also overflows for God’s glory (2 Corinthians 4:15; Psalm 35:18).

 

Our Father qualified us through the blood of Jesus to share in His inheritance with all the righteous people in His Kingdom of Light; therefore, we can give joyful thanks to God, even in our negative circumstances (Colossians 1:12).

 

As we daily consider His Word, consult His will each moment of the day, and leave all of our cares in His competent hands, we are rooted and grounded in Him, and our faith is strengthened as we overflow with gratitude (Colossians 2:7; Proverbs 3:5-6).

 

As members of Jesus’ Body, when we devote our self to watchful prayer and continual thankfulness, this causes the peace of Christ to control our heart (Colossians 3:15, 4:2). We inherit His Kingdom, which cannot be shaken, and we enthusiastically worship Him in reverence and with awe (Hebrews 12:28).

 

Even when we do not feel happy, or currently do not see anything to thank God for, we can offer up the sacrifice of praise to Him, by openly professing His righteousness, His mighty works, and the power of His name (Hebrews 13:15; Psalm 9:1, 54:6).

 

We have no need to feel any shame over our past, or anxiety about our current or future events, as long as we gratefully lift them to God in prayer (Philippians 4:6). Every living creature will give Him, who sits on the throne and who lives forever, all honor and glory and thanks (Revelation 4:9).

 

His beloved children continually sing grateful praises to our Most High Lord, and we make music to Him on instruments and with our lips (Psalm 7:17, 147:7), because He is good to us, and His love for us endures through every generation (Psalm 106:1).

 

Prayer:

Father God, thank You for all that you did, do and will do for us all of the days of our life. As sheep of Your pasture, we constantly praise You with our whole heart, because we hope in Your glorious name throughout every generation (Psalm 52:9, 79:13, 86:12). Thank You for Your provision for us of every good and perfect blessing (James 1:17).

 

You provide us with gifts from above; and we thank You, as our Father of heavenly lights, for not changing like shifting shadows (James 1:17; ); You are the same, yesterday, today and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Since we were bought by the price of the blood of the Lamb, we ask You to teach us to honor You with our whole spirit, soul and body (1 Corinthians 6:20).

 

Thought for the Day:

The Lord God is our strength, wisdom, strong tower and shield; and our heart trusts only in Him, which causes our heart to leap with joy and a new song to break forth from our lips; we give praise to His name, and we glorify Him with a thankful life. – Psalm 28:7, 69:30

 

Godly Lessons Learned

Pink Petaled Flowering Plant

 

My former husband accused me of tearing down my house with my own hands, and of sapping his strength. In the unstable financial, emotional and sometimes physical environment, which he provided for me and my three children, fear and insecurity often overwhelmed me.

 

I over-reacted when something disturbed the well-planned harmony, which I built around me in order to insulate myself from a world that sometimes really, really scared me. Over the years, I learned a secret, which changed me as a person.

 

This enabled me to become a wise woman who builds up her husband and home, and is her husband’s crown and joy (Proverbs 12:4, 14:1). God taught me how to trust HIM, instead of people or circumstances, especially when I am afraid.

 

I learned to get all the facts of any situation, and to pray before reacting. This way I can give a lucid response with a loving attitude as I honestly express my feelings, as well as to respond to challenges with kindness and faith (Proverbs 31:26).

 

Through my experiences, God also taught me the reality of Christ abiding within us (Colossians 1:27). As we grasp this fact, we can actually relinquish all of our anxiety, fear, insecurity, stress and striving as we flourish in His peace and joy.

 

We take all of our concerns to God in prayer, and we thank Him for a positive outcome in His timing, way and will (Philippians 4:6). Then, the peace of God envelops our soul, guards our heart and mind, frees our body, and encourages our spirit (Philippians 4:7).

 

Prayer:

Father God, You are our Rock, Fortress, Shield, Horn of Salvation, Stronghold, and Deliverer. We take refuge in You and call to You, and You save us from the terrors in this world, which often threaten to strangle the life right out of us (Psalm 18:2-6). We learn to trust in You alone.

 

You taught me that sometimes, we need to “go along in order to get along;” but at other times, I need to give others the freedom to make their own decisions; and then if their preferences affect my life adversely, I can seek You to make my own choices, which are in line with Your plans for my life.

 

Thought for the Day:

Jesus is our Lilly in all of the valleys of life, and our bright and morning star; when life flies at us with blinding speed, we can duck behind the Rock of our Salvation.

– Song of Solomon 2:1, Revelation 22:16, Psalm 62:6

 

 

 

When Bad Things Happen

Flowers in Vase on Chair

Many people view trauma as God’s punishment (Hebrews 12:4-5). The truth is that, due to Jesus’ sacrifice, there is no penalty left for sin (Hebrews 10:26). Retribution is not necessary when we break God’s precepts (Hebrews 10:18), because Jesus’ blood already covers our sin (Hebrews 8:12).

 

Or we say trials are proof that God does not care. He allows bad things to happen to good people in order to deepen our intimacy with Him. Trials are just part of life on this sin-cursed globe, but we can have courage through them, because Jesus in us already overcame them (John 16:33).

 

God intervenes in life to redirect our path, to rescue us from miserable circumstances, to bless us beyond our wildest imagination, to build endurance into our character, to allow patience to perfect us (James 1:2-4), and to teach us gratitude.

 

God’s antidote for disaster is for us to sing praises to His name for what He is going to do, even when we do not see any possibilities (Hebrews 11:1-2). We rest in His love every morning, and praise Him for His faithfulness every night (Psalm 92:1-4).

 

God’s Word provides us with examples from other lives, as well as promises to us that God is trustworthy. Spending daily time in the scripture strengthens our faith and builds our trust in God alone. Fear and control are demolished on the Rock of Christ in us (Colossians 1:27-28).

 

The key to faith in trials is for us to hide in the cleft of the rock (Jeremiah 49:7-22), to snuggle deeper under His wings, to trust God in the unseen (2 Corinthians 4:18), and to focus on God’s eternal plan in it all (Psalm 91:1-4). We concentrate on what we do have and think positively about the future (Philippians 4:8-9).

 

Prayer:

Father God, You call us to come to You when we are weary and burdened, so that You can give us Your rest and comfort. We lay down our yoke, and join Jesus in Yours, because it is easy and light with Jesus helping us to carry it (Matthew 11:28-30). Then, we can sleep in peace and safety, regardless of the issues in life that we face (Psalm 4:8).

 

In quiet trust, we confess our willfulness to You that often causes our predicament, and You give us Your strength (Isaiah 30:15). Even when problems make no human sense at all, we are not anxious about anything, because we live in gratitude to You for Your provision through every trial, as we trust You for the outcome.

 

Thought for the Day:

God’s peace inundates every cell of our being, calms our troubled soul, and restores to us the joy of our salvation, as it guards our heart and mind in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7; Psalm 23