Monday, March 7, 2011

Redemption - From the Inside Out

Redemption, in our lives, comes when we allow God to use the past to create a future. But, there can be a big hindrance in that process. US. We can literally stand in the way of the future that God is trying to bring about. Another hindrance. Control. We can't control the future. {at least not the one that God has designed} That can be downright scary.

When we come from a broken past, sometimes we want to just hide it all away. Then we wonder why there are gaps in our lives. You know, those empty places that we try so hard to fill up. We try to fill them with food, with unhealthy relationships, with compulsive over-spending, with worldliness, with BUSYness, with addictions of every kind, with our children ... even good "causes"!

At times we come away wondering why we still feel empty, frustrated and miserable.

God is all about redemption, but we have to give him the WHOLE deal to work with. He's fully capable of taking the mess we've made in our lives and transforming it into something greater than we can even comprehend. In order for that to really happen though, we can't have suitcases of our stuff packed away with dead bolt locks on them.

So many times we sit around completely FRUSTRATED and angry and bitter wondering why God allowed things into our lives. And that whole "God only allows what we can handle???". Big fat nonsense. Some of you know what I'm talkin' about, because you have lived through it. You know good and well that God has allowed so much more in your life than you could ever even ATTEMPT to make it through. The REAL deal is that He never has us go through it ALONE. That's the promise, my friend. That's something SOLID you can cling to. THAT is TRUTH.

Deuteronomy 31:8

"The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you

nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

Do you have a life needing redeemed? Do you have places in your heart no one else knows about? Are you plagued by fears and failures?

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

Do you know that kind of love? Maybe you've never experienced that kind of love before.

I truly believe that as we understand more WHO we are IN CHRIST, we will have so much more to give to others. When we understand what Christ did for US? .... how can we not choose grace and forgiveness to those around us?

Experiencing redemption means letting GO. It means not living like a victim. It means understanding that Jesus didn't just die for YOU, but for EVERYONE. Even ones that have caused you pain. Especially ones that have caused you pain.

Psalm 107 is a great place to go to learn about redemption. It breaks my heart that so many have never seen or heard about redemption, because they've instead had so many examples of condemnation around them!! There is NOTHING that can separate you from the Love of God.

I encourage you to TRUST HIM with your story, my friend. He's the author. And He's not done writing. We can't fully praise Him when we only allow Him into every part of our lives. This song speaks so much to me, "From the Inside Out".

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