Thursday, January 28, 2010
New & Free
"Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry,
but that your sorrow led to repentance...
For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation,
not to be regretted;
but the sorrow of the world produces death."
2 Corinthians 7:9-10
"And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you,
for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”
Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities,
that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
2 Corinthians 12:9
* What stands in the way to hinder God's redemptive work in you?
* Does your repentance and the laying of your sins at His feet have lasting value, power, and influence?
* Has your attitude changed--about you, your worth, your perfection in Christ, your forgiveness?
* Has your heart changed--is it healed, mended and whole?
* Has your mind changed so you believe God's mercy and love is really yours?
* Do you act and think as if you are free in Christ?
* Do you have any lingering shame?
Those are tough questions for anybody, let alone post-abortive, wounded women seeking healing for their hearts and renewing of their minds. If those questions came at you like high-speed fast balls, please stop and ask God to lead you through them. Ask Him to reveal to you the places where you need His righteous guidance.
Sisters, this is the Truth:
You are new in Christ.
You are free in Christ.
"There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death."
"Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin,
but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord."
"For sin shall not have dominion over you,
for you are not under law but under grace."
"Be diligent to present yourself approved to God,
a worker who does not need to be ashamed."
2 Timothy 2:15
"Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free,
and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage."
"And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."
Repent of your sins and be restored to God.
Wow, that certainly sounds like a simple enough equation. But because our minds and our hearts oftentimes come heavily muddled, yolked, wounded, and confused, it is far from an easy task. Despite how it may look right now, know this, it is an achievable feat. I did it, but I did not do it alone. You can do it. But you can not do it alone.
You need someone to pray with you, stand by you, and encourage you. Reach out. There are people around you. Really, there are. And know that we are here too. But most of all, pray and ask God for help. He will strengthen you through the Holy Spirit. He will lead you to the foot of the cross to once and forevermore exchange your heavy burdens for His righteous freedom. Just ask.
He has what you need to be new and free.
Let us humbly pray:
Father God, we come before You this day. We are seeking You. We need You to take us by the hand and lead us by the heart so our minds will be renewed in You. We want to be free of the sins that bind us so tight and press upon our very souls. Lord, help us to stand in Your liberty, free of shame. Help us to be new creatures, new women, in You. Let us accept Your grace, mercy, forgiveness and love. Let us accept those things deep into our marrow so that the very cells of our beings believe it to be true. Oh Lord, we seek You with humility because we need You in order to lay these burdens down. In Jesus' name, Amen.