“I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness” (Jeremiah 31:3).
In her book, When Wallflowers Dance, Angela Thomas writes, “Redemption is God bringing good out of bad, leading us to wholeness, and the experience of God’s amazing power. Redemption means that out of our greatest pain can come our most profound personal mission in life.”
I believe there are Christians who are forgiven, and are still lying on a bed of affliction; always returning to the point of their failure. Although they have been forgiven and released by God through the authority of Jesus, they continually struggle with freedom; questioning, ”Has God truly forgiven me?” The reality is: He has forgiven them. Still others struggle with picking up the pieces of their broken lives. Caught up in their failures; they remain captive to their past; returning to a point in time where they failed God. Although the world will say, “You made your bed; now lie in it.” But Jesus says, “Your sins are forgiven. Take up your bed and walk!”
Then, your heart will sing, Hallelujah! “I am redeemed, You set me free so I’ll shake off these heavy chains, wipe away every stain, now I’m not who I used to be. I am redeemed, I’m redeemed” (lyrics by Big Daddy Weave).
A while back, I was listening to a message, Cross of Jesus, by Dr. Jack Hayford. Dr. Hayford encouraged his congregation with these words: “Whatever has shaped your life until this moment doesn’t have any claim on where He wants to take you from here on. Whatever has been problematic or disappointing the Lord calls us to come to terms with this: It’s dead! That’s what the cross was all about – the nailing not only all our sins, but also of everything that restricts us from stepping into tomorrow.”
Through confession and invitation, Jesus will bring health, healing, and restoration to your soul. When you look to Jesus and call on Him, He will take what the enemy tried to use to destroy your faith and give you a stronger faith so you can proclaim the mercy, grace, and faithfulness of our God to others! God will allow experiences to turn into testimonies that bring hope and encouragement to others.
My prayer today is that you will be encouraged to “put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption” (Psalm 130:7).