Actions speak louder than words. Many of us say we are saved (and we are) but we live like we’re not. We live under a blanket of condemnation and shame. It comes from the enemy, the words and opinions of others and it comes from our own mistakes. Watch the testimony from Big Daddy Weave about how he was living out his faith …
His entire life, he’d stamped the word “failure” over himself. He opened a door to the enemy to come in and hold that over him. Mike made an “agreement” that we talk so much about in Manschool. He listened to the wrong voice. He lost 84 pounds in a year but didn’t hit his goal of 90 pounds and so, immediately, shame and “failure” set in upon him. The weight piled back on.
And then, one day at his lowest point, he asked God, “Why can’t I love myself?” The Holy Spirit came upon his heart and said, “Mike, you need to let me tell you what I think about you for once.” And God loved him there in that moment. That encounter was the inspiration for the song “Redeemed”.
Derrick reminded us this morning that our brokenness is not the end of our story. God desires to heal us and make us whole. It is a process of sanctification. The offer of restoration is freely given to all who believe and profess Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Psalm 32 (see the earlier post) reminds us that He “took away the guilt/shame of our sin”.
Salvation is the path to wholeness. You ARE saved. Live like it! Humble yourself to the magnitude of the GRACE extended to you upon the Cross! Because He so loved you … He gave it all.
Wholeness comes. Rejoice! It starts with the immediate. The moment you surrendered and invited Jesus into your heart, the process of wholeness started in your life. But, you were not whole in that moment. Keith reminded us that the minute you say “I do”, you are a husband. But… you have no clue what truly being a husband is all about. That comes over your lifetime. The same is true with wholeness. It starts with salvation. In that moment, God sees us as whole through Jesus but He also starts the process of making us whole. So, it is immediate and then it comes over time. We don’t get fully there in this life. In eternity, the construction will be complete and we’ll be fully restored, fully whole.
Ask Him. Ask Father what He thinks about you. Take the question of who you are to the ONE who created you. He thinks you’re amazing. It’s time to start believing Him.