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Jesus’ Wounds Were Meant to Heal Yours

1 Peter 2:24 says, “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

Woundedness is part of life. We get hurt both by others and by the circumstances of life. Often times you can’t see woundedness, it is hidden deep within. Yet, woundedness is at the heart of how we view ourselves, how we view others and is a springboard for the choices/decisions that we make.

If our woundedness is not to become the end of us, it is necessary to bring it out of the hidden parts of our hearts and into the light, submitting it to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

Jesus “took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:4-5

Woundedness

Because Jesus experienced the greatest woundedness, He understands yours.

The sin, sickness and sadness of the whole world were placed upon Him. Can you even imagine the weight of what He carried? He took it all and that’s what killed Him. Sure the physical act of being nailed to the cross played a part in His death, but it was our sins that “pierced and crushed” Him.

Why would we hold on to our sin, sickness or sadness when Jesus already took it away from us? He carried it so we don’t have to. He became wounded so that we could walk in freedom.

Do you find yourself in a season of struggling with sin, sickness or sadness of some sort?

Can you let go and place it back on Jesus?

Will you allow Him to set you free and bring you healing?

Your healing has already been purchased.

Will you grasp on to it and apply it to the area of your need by bringing it to Jesus, laying it at His feet (leaving it there) and asking Him to apply His healing to your hurt?

Will you accept the peace He died to give you?

Your healing has already happened. Notice it is past tense, “by His wounds, you have been healed”.

It’s already done, now take that healing and apply it to your deepest wound by bringing your hurt to Jesus and receiving His unconditional love that results in:

  • Grace
  • Mercy
  • Goodness
  • Kindness
  • Faithfulness
  • Peace
  • Forgiveness

Jesus is so good and faithful. It is His job to forgive time and time again. That’s what the cross is all about. Let Jesus’ woundedness be your healing, it’s part of the free gift of salvation.

Your Friend in Ministry,

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FREEDOM!

Happy Independence Day! How are you choosing to celebrate? A BBQ with family and friends? Packing up the kids and watching a parade? Or just lounging around because you have the “freedom” to do so? (*smile*)

As I sit here writing this, my daughter is with some family friends at a cabin for the weekend and I just sent my guys off to go crawdad fishin’ with some friends for a couple of hours. So I have the “freedom” to do whatever I want for the morning. Last night as I was thinking about what I would do, the concept of “freedom” kept rolling around in my mind. Although I consider myself patriotic and am so grateful for the “freedoms” we enjoy as Americans; whenever I think of “freedom” I can’t help but think of the “freedom” we have because of Christ…

“Freedom” is an antonym for the word “slavery”. You and I might not be able to relate to physical slavery, but I sure can relate to being a slave to certain things. How about you?

  • A slave to sin.
  • A slave to sickness.
  • A slave to fear.
  • A slave to addiction.
  • A slave to worry.
  • A slave to anxiety.

The moment Adam and Eve disobeyed God, slavery entered the world. Mankind has been subject to slavery ever since.

That’s why I love the promise of Galatians 5:1, one of my favorite verses of the Bible:

“It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” The moment you accepted Christ, the figurative yoke of sin that was harnessed around your soul was shattered and you were released from it. Yet, notice Paul’s warning . . . “Stand firm and do not let yourself be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”

Because slavery is part of sin entering the world, it is easy to get caught back up in it. The original recipients of the book of Galatians were becoming enslaved to following old, religious laws. Even though God had given those original laws, the cross of Christ enacted a whole new way of doing things. Therefore, we are under the law no more, but under grace. Because slavery is a condition of our sin-sick society, our flesh desires to be enslaved to something, even if it is something good. Yet the message of the New Testament, in its entirety is “freedom” from slavery.

Why are we called to be free? Galatians 5:13 gives us the answer . . . “You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather, serve one another in love.”  Christ made us free, so we could be like Him, to love and serve others.

Isn’t it interesting that one of the main jobs of a slave is to serve others? Christ freed us from bondage so that we could serve, not because we have to, but because we want to, out of a heart of love and compassion. Just like Jesus.

How will you celebrate your “freedom” today?

  • To serve yourself?
  • To indulge in your flesh?
  • To love and serve others?

You have the freedom to choose. And the good news is, God will still love you the same no matter what you choose. His love for you doesn’t waver based on the choices you make. But to live a full, rich, rewarding, blessed life, let’s be people who choose to be like Jesus. Let’s walk about in “freedom” today as we love and serve whoever God places in our path.

It is for “freedom” that Christ has set us free!

Your Friend in Ministry,

Name3

 

On Comparison

Last week, I was visiting with a friend about the similarities she is seeing between herself and her mother. She said the older she gets, the more she is like her mom. This reminded me of one of my own mom’s favorite quotes, “Mirror, mirror on the wall… I am my mother after all.” Can you relate? As I began to think about that funny quote, I remembered the origin of it.

Snow White was one of the first Disney movies ever made and one of the first I recall seeing. In it, the wicked step-mother was so consumed by her own beauty that she regularly asked the magical mirror to validate her as the “fairest” in all the land. “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” Things are smooth sailing, day after day, until the mirror reports there is another fair maiden, none other than her step daughter, Snow White. This brings fear to the heart of the wicked step mother and she does some very bad things in order to once again be the “fairest of them all”. Interestingly enough, the way she acted was neither beautiful nor fair.

Consciously or sub-consciously, we’re all a little like the wicked step-mother. We compare ourselves with others – our looks, our talents, our smarts, our abilities, our children, our ministries, and on and on the list goes. When we feel superior to others in any of the above, it makes us feel good. When we feel inferior, it makes us feel terrible, doesn’t it?

At its basic level, comparison is caused by pride. A simple definition of pride is thinking about yourself too much. Consider the following quote by C.S. Lewis: “It’s the comparison that makes you proud; the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone.”

Comparison and pride go hand in hand. It makes sense then that if you want to walk in humility rather than pride, you need to stop comparing yourself to others. I have struggled with comparison in the past and I know firsthand how it grips your heart and paralyzes you from becoming the person God designed you to be. As I look back upon how I gained freedom in this area, here are some suggestions that may help you as well.

  • Take a break from social media. I was one of the first people I knew to have a FB page. I realized, however, that I was comparing my day to day life with the highlights of others. Because this was an area of immaturity in my life (and consumed WAY too much time) I decided to get rid of FB. Now that I have freedom in this area, there may come a time when I start FB up again.
  • Thank the Lord for others gifts and abilities. Don’t be threatened by them, be grateful for the excellence in other’s lives. God made us all so unique and He wants us to work together to reach the world for Him! It is an amazing & beautiful thing when people work together, offering what God has given them, to see lives changed for God’s kingdom!
  • Realize you don’t have to be THE BEST at everything. God is simply calling you to do YOUR BEST for Him. Once I got this truth deep in my heart, I was able to walk in true freedom.
  • Meditate upon or memorize this verse about comparison – “We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” 2 Cor. 10:12

Comparison will get you nowhere, but stuck in fear in bondage. Stop comparing. Be secure and confident in who God has made you to be. You are His valued workmanship. He didn’t make a mistake. As you continue to walk with Him, He will smooth off your rough edges and mold you into a beautiful vessel through which He can do some amazing work! I believe the best in you and for you.

Your Friend in Ministry,

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