09 December 2013

when you feel less-than

There is this one lie that exists in certain circles that makes my blood boil.  I get angsty and want to blurt and holler and cry all at once. 

Likely, because I thought that lie was true for awhile too.

I saw a familiar hurt last week as I listened to a discreet story.  The one about past sin that haunts.  Do you know it?

This lie lodges in - somewhere between confession and freedom - this lie that some sins are worse than others.  Some sins render you worthless, useless, broken for kingdom work -- that somehow you will always be less-than because of it.

If you've never heard this lie, and never believed it to be true; then you are probably shaking your head in disbelief.  Shocked that people fall for this junk.

If you are like me, you've battled this lie and by the power of the Holy Spirit you've won; but you haven't forgotten how heavy the weight of it is. 

Or if you are acquainted with that lie right now, if today it is lingering in your heart, then you might be thinking, "but you don't know what I've done."

It's true.  I don't.  I have no idea what you have done.

But I do know what God has done.

He won.

Sister, there is not one thing on this whole earth that you can do that He can't redeem.  Not. One. Thing.

There is not one sin that cancels out your potential for God's kingdom work.  Not. One. Sin.

The accuser would rather you remain feeling less-than.  Believing this lie that although you are forgiven you are broken, saved but sidelined.  But that is just not true.  The best way to battle a lie is with Truth.

"It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1 NASB

The accuser wants to keep you cowering low.  But, sister, hear me.  You are free.  When you walk in your freedom the glory of God will shine through.  The accuser would hate for that to happen.  If you feel condemned, it is not from God.

"Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."  Romans 8:1 NASB

Deny the accuser a place in your thoughts.  Call him a liar and kick him out.  You have sisters cheering you on through tears, because we've been where you are.  Our deepest prayer is that you will know :: You are free. You are whole. You are redeemed.

"Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past.  Behold, I will do something new, now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it?  I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, rivers in the desert." Isaiah 43:18-19 NASB

When He forgives, He does so in a way that our minds can barely comprehend. 

"For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.  As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him." Psalm 103:11-13 NASB

You are not less than.  You are a child of God. 

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