A Plea for Damaged Christians

Isaiah 61:1-4 
 ”The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” And they shall rebuild the old ruins, They shall raise up the former desolations, And they shall repair the ruined cities, The desolations of many generations.

BY DARYLGSTEWART

We are not all the same and even if we were nearly identical at one point in time, we change at different rates and differences are apparent. This can be more pronounced if one of the objects compared is damaged.

This is what happened to humanity when Lucifer brought temptation and ultimately damage to God’s creatures, mankind.  A damaged object cannot perform to the level it could when whole, so damage is tragic. Some damage, it seems, just cannot be fixed. We cannot be used as efficiently by The Holy Spirit as long as we remain “damaged”.

The Good News is that God has a plan for us, i.e. to make us whole. So if God has a plan, why does he need me?  It is  because we are important parts in the plan to bring others into wholeness.   In the passage above, the full meaning of the “Good News” is revealed.  If we only present part of it, i.e. salvation, as excellent as that might be, it is only part of the story.

Jesus quoted from this passage in Isaiah when He read in the temple and said “This day is this fulfilled…”   He was saying that the “Good news” impacted some things in our everyday life, not just eternal life.  There is now hope for captives, downtrodden, captives, all the marginables in our world, for Jesus has come to give them deliverance.  I believe that this work is passed along to us in The Great Commission, i.e. to do Christ’s work after He is gone.  In this way, we truly bear one another’s burdens.

So how can we help heal the damaged?

Some were born damaged– It’s a fact that some are born less than equally endowed, be it intelligence, physical attributes, mental acuity, etc.  For too long, the advantaged have lorded it over the less fortunate and used it as a weapon to keep their advantaged perch over others.  Jesus says that we should give them beauty for ashes, lift them up, carry their heavy load.  In this way, we make their burden lighter and bring hope to their world.

Some were damaged by others– It is a sad fact that violence has a large part in our world.  Man’s inhumanity to man is a common theme in our daily living.  These are really tragic souls, because they remember what it was like to not be damaged.  They can be tormented by what might have been!  But Jesus says, never mind, I have come to restore those captive to evil deeds and deliverance is at hand.  Then He appoints us to bear their burden for them, as He bore that great burden of sin for us.  He gives us strength through the Holy Spirit to accomplish this, because without Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5).  It also stands to reason that if we are damaging others, we need to stop!  In those cases, we are fighting against God, who is their mighty savior.

Some choose to be damaged or damaged themselves– There are many ways we can inflict damage on ourselves, usually unintentionally.  But does that mean God will not forgive our sinful acts and heal us?  Does the notion of self-inflicted damage mean that we are excused from helping bear the burden ?  I think not, but these are the people that Jesus came to deliver: downtrodden, hopeless, mourners, those with heavy spirits, all sorts of dysfunctional people, born that way, made that way by self or others, it makes no difference.  Jesus has “Good News” for you.  And it does not start and stop with a promise of a better life in the hereafter.  It is contemporary…and you can have it now.

We have not always done a good job of seeking out the marginal and giving them a helping hand.  We must do a better job of loving one another and caring for one another.  We have all been selfish.

We all need to seek God when we feel damaged or dysfunctional.  Furthermore, let us not judge one another, but rather help one another with their burdens. “Do this unto the least of these.”  The abundance of our God assures that there will be enough for everyone, so we need not fret about giving to others.

 My Prayer for you today is:

God, help me to be more aware of the needs of others and to be attentive to them.  Thank you for doing the same for us, now help us to be faithful to others and to your will.  Amen!

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HARDSHIPS MAKE YOU BECOME WHO YOU ARE MEANT TO BE. IT EITHER BRINGS THE LIGHT WITHIN YOU TO THE OUTSIDE OR THE DARKNESS.

Through hardships we are transformed into becoming what GOD wants us to be. Rejoice in the good times and in the hard times, for GOD’s deeds are perfect. Be the good soil and let the seed of the Kingdom of GOD grow regardless.

Mark 4:14-20

14 The farmer sows the word. 15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. 16 Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. 17 But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. 18 Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word;19 but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. 20 Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop—some thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times what was sown.”

Remember that no one and NOTHING can separate GOD from us, but ourselves.

Romans 8:35, 37-39 

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The trials are getting harder. But not shrink for the LORD is with you, nothing shall defeat you

POwerful message inspired by the Lord, our saviour and Father. The  one that is with us from the beginning until the end . Be nourished!!!

 

1 Peter 1:5-9

who through faith are shielded by God‘s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.  In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.  These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.  Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy,  for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

 

ALL you need is LOVE!

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away.

Nothing can separate you from GOD but yourself

Romans 8:38-39

38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

The only one who can separate you from God is yourself.  YOU should “Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.” (psalm 34:8) . 

GOD Bless…

Isaiah 55

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buyand eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. 2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good,and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. 3 Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, my faithful love promised to David. 4See, I have made him a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander of the peoples. 5Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations that do not know you will hasten to you, because of the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor.” 6 Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD. 9 “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. 12 You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thornbush will grow the pine tree, and instead of briers the myrtlewill grow. This will be for the LORD’s renown, for an everlasting sign, which will not be destroyed.”