When Your Mess Becomes Your Message

“Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” (Jeremiah 17:14 NIV)

For twenty years, my brother was absent from our family because of drug addiction. Countless times, we thought he was dead; according to drug abuse statistics, he should have been. However, my brother is living proof that God is in the restoration business. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you’ve done, or what has been done to you. God is willing and able to turn any tragedy into triumph.

After entering many treatment programs with hopes of success and end results of failure, my brother finally found the answer: Jesus. It wasn’t until he met the Lord that he experienced lasting healing and life change. Suddenly, all things became new.

My brother didn’t have the strength, willpower, or ability to free himself from bondage, but that changed when he surrendered his life to Christ. The same is true for us. No matter what the bondage is—drugs, lust, gluttony, pride, anger, or fear—until we renounce our sickness and surrender to Christ, we will never experience freedom. On the other hand, when we are willing to give King Jesus our mess, He turns it into our message. And that’s exactly what happened to my brother. Not a day goes by that my brother doesn’t look for opportunities to brag on God and share His message of hope.

Such an opportunity arose one evening when my sister, brother, and I met together for dinner at a local restaurant. Our server was twenty-six-year-old Tiffany. Right away, we noticed two things about Tiffany. She had a natural gift for putting people at ease, and she was very pregnant. While we enjoyed her kind service, we had no idea that God would soon call us to serve her.

It started when my sister refused to allow my brother to pay for her dinner. While my sister loves to give to others, she’s not so good at receiving. I, on the other hand, understood that it gave my brother great pleasure to pick up the check. The Lord knows I didn’t want to deny him his blessing!

Poor Tiffany found herself caught in the middle. Eager to win her over to his side, my brother said to Tiffany, “You see, I was a drug addict for years. During that time, my sisters did a lot for me. Now, I just want to bless them.”

Tiffany’s eyes widened. “You were a drug addict?” she inquired. “I would have never guessed.”

“Yes, I was,” my brother replied. “But Jesus changed all that.” Then he told Tiffany his life-changing story.

“I went from being lost to being found; from being homeless to being a homeowner; from being an employee to owning my own business; from being bound by drugs to being set free in Christ.”

Tears filled Tiffany’s eyes as we shared God’s love with her. That’s not all. Later that week, we confirmed God’s love to her by presenting her with a gift for her baby.

When you and I—like my brother—allow God to turn our mess into our message, He not only changes our lives, but He changes the lives of others too.

Dear Lord, Your mercy astounds me. Give me opportunities to speak of Your hope so others may know Your goodness and salvation. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Remember
No matter what your bondage, surrendering it to Christ is the pathway to freedom.

Reflect
What steps do you need to take today to move from bondage to freedom? Reflect with gratitude on how God has turned your mess into a message that can encourage or bring life change to others. — Micca Campbell (Proverbs 31 Ministries).

 

If you were God

Just imagine for a moment that are God; yes the almighty creator of all things. Don’t worry it’s not a blasphemy, you are only imagining. Wow! What do you think?

If you were God, would you allow sunshine to rise on both your friends and your enemies, have plants extract essential parts of “your sun” to make food for those who do want you and those who don’t. Would you let the rain fall for both those who revere you and those who think you are nothing?  Just for a moment again, think if you were God.

God made a beautiful earth for us, with trees to provide us food and raw materials; yet we eat with complain, insatiable and never grateful. Seas of water God gave us, providing enough to drink and live by, yet we do not think great of His love. Air we breathe for free and yet many do not think He has done anything worthy of praise. What would you do to man if you were God?

God created His world, Created man and told him how to live on the earth. The creature choose not to do as instructed by the creator, the product choose not the do what the producer produced him for. The product of God had malfunctioned; man was no longer what God had created from the beginning. What would you have done if you were God?

Imagine a father whose kids disobey his instruction or a lecturer whose students did the wrong thing. Or even you when your friends offend you; the taxi driver said something you didn’t like; the car splashed mud on you.

Do you remember your response in all of this case; do you remember how often you changed friends, kept malice, fought and quarrel. We just can’t seem to keep up with each other’s mistakes and short comings. Now imagine you were God. What would you done to all those who offend you , how many times we killed people in our hearts, wished they were dead, used harsh abusive words on people. How many times have you rained causes on people? If you were God, all those you had called names would have been what you called them and those you wished dead would have been dead by now. That likely may include some of the closest persons to you.

The point really is this: how God almighty is so different from us, that if we were God the world would not last, because we would exterminate each other for very small offences. However, God is not like that. He is full of love and compassion.

Man offended God yet He seeks after us as though we didn’t do anything wrong. He sent His Son, the Lord Jesus to redeem man from his pain caused by his own disobedience. God does not give up on people; He has faith in the ability of the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus to save you, no matter who you are, where you are and what you have done or even doing right now.

Romans 5:7&8 Says this: “for scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. (KJV version)

Yes, if we were God, we may not receive one that has wrong us, sinned against us, but not God! In spite of your faults and frailties, His love for you is unending. To receive God’s love, you have to receive Jesus. He said “for God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son so that anyone who believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)TLB version.

 When you receive Jesus, you receive the love God, as you walk in Christ Jesus; you walk in the Love of God and enjoy the great benefits. I am so glad man is not God, and that includes you. So nobody, not even you should condemn you, for God condemned Jesus on the cross on your behalf. Now arise, it’s your day of salvation, take what God has prepared for you. MS

Say this short prayer and it’s all yours:

 Dear God, I believe in the death and resurrection of your son Jesus Christ, and I confess Jesus Christ as the Lord of my life. I receive the remission of my sin and eternal life into my spirit, thank you Lord for saving me. I am born-again; I am a child of God. Amen.

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The world is not sure where they are headed. I said “they” like I am not part of it. Well in sense yes I am not.

The Lord Jesus in John 15:19, said, “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you”.

I am not of this world’s origin, the Christian’s life is from a different source- God, and that made possible because of our faith in the finished redemptive work of Jesus Christ our Lord.

John 4: 4-6 Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them:…. They are of the world: therefore speak they of the world,…. We are of God: he that knoweth God heareth us;….

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