Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Don't Laugh

Micah 7:8
New Century Version
Enemy, don’t laugh at me.
    I have fallen, but I will get up again.
I sit in the shadow of trouble now,
    but the Lord will be a light for me.
I literally just directed somebody else's attention to this scripture as an encouragement, and immediately I felt my own spirit jump up in recognition.  Recently, I have been discouraged with myself over some things, and I am the best at knocking myself around.
I fall down.  I mess up.  I do and say things that I wish I could take back.  Why?  Because I'm human.  Sometimes my legs are shaky and my feet stumble. 
I always think of the "enemy" as Satan, and while yes, he certainly is, sometimes I am my own worst enemy.  I beat myself up, I "laugh" at myself because of what I see as my own folly. 
Enemy........Self - don't laugh - get up!  The light of the Lord shines on, His light is never dimmed, the shadows disappear in His love. 

Friday, July 10, 2015

Wash, Rinse, Repeat

Isaiah 53:5
The Voice
But he was hurt because of us; he suffered so.
    Our wrongdoing wounded and crushed him.
He endured the breaking that made us whole.
    The injuries he suffered became our healing.

When one has a physical wound one has to take care of it, medicate it, and sometimes baby it.  Our emotional, mental, and spiritual wounds are no different.  When we come to God with it, the initial examination diagnoses - and just like with a physical wound, we feel some relief just knowing what is wrong.  But, also just like a physical wound, then the healing process begins.  This can be painful as usually the damage has to be undone before the solution is applied. 

Jesus provided the initial washing of all of our wounds on the cross.  His sacrifice already has healed our wounds.  In the process of healing us individually, we need to let that washing repeat, for however long it takes, until the healing is complete in us.  It doesn't do much good to go to the doctor and find out what is wrong, and then not go back for the treatment. 

Get a check up with God.  Let Him diagnose you.  Then go back for another dose of His cleansing blood.  Rinse your wound with your tears....and go to Him again and let Him continue to wash your wound.  His supply is unending, and He will take as long as you need Him to.  Wash, rinse, repeat.