Isaiah 41:13 “For I the LORD your GOD will hold your right hand, saying to you, Fear not; I will help you.”
From Self Harm to Unscarred!
Saved from self harm are our souls by The ONE WHO created this ground for our feet.
Saved from the endless decline…
which Guilt leads, till our shame — trading places — retreats.
Redeemed by the Blood of the LAMB…
so freed are our arms lifting praise unto Heaven!
Redeemed! Yes, forever I am….
and sin’s scarring, once maring
my life, shall surrender!
Then CHRIST will reveal HIS own those nail-scarred hands bringing Healing’s resurgence!
Then CHRIST will unveil HIS home and absent of marks, we shall join HIM — unburdened!
As HIServant serving here while looking forward to our new spirituals bodies and unblemished skin,
Devotional: Ephesians 4:32 “ Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as GOD in CHRIST forgave you.”
Before heading down this path, this verse in Ephesians is paramount, most important, vital even…to the approach we take. We all sin and have fallen short. You struggle with one group of sins and I struggle with others.
Sometimes we struggle collectively with an overlapping challenge. As such, who can find fault…except GOD? Who can rescue us other than HIM? Therefore who should be compassionate along with GOD? Everyone!
We are all equals in HIS sight; saved by Grace alone! So what matters is that we NEVER forget these truths…and we come along side those struggling in areas we either don’t struggle in or have already been delivered from…as such, overcomers because of HIS power and Mercy!
1 Corinthians 3:16 “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?
This verse might “sound” sarcastic or snippy but we all need regular reminders of this wondrous truth. HE not only made us but chose to dwell IN us. That’s amazing beyond our greatest comprehensions. HE never leaves nor forsakes HIS chosen vessels…which we are! Praise GOD! HE has marked us for the hour of Redemption by which the HOLY SPIRIT has sealed us!
Ephesians 4:30 “Neither be grieving the HOLY SPIRIT of GOD, for you have been sealed in HIM for the day of redemption.” Two points. First, sealed IN HIM through the moment of HIS Redemption OF us. Hallelujah! No one can take us out of HIS nail-scarred hands! That’s HIS WORD, HIS promise and HE’s forever faithful!
Second point. Does self-harm grieve the Holy SPIRIT? Yes. That’s the simple answer. Yet many wonderful Christians still struggle with it given satan’s demonic attacks against the Body of CHRIST. Maybe alcoholism is the sword he attacks with or a contemptuous and contentious spirit always finding fault with others. Or maybe it’s burning or cutting oneself.
Just remember HE’s the AUTHOR and FINISHER of our faith. Though it gets messy in between when we fail, HE is right there. The quicker we confess and forgive ourselves, The faster we return to utter reliance on and endless acceptance by…JESUS CHRIST!
Romans 8:6 “For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.”
If we look at our physical frames through the Past’s calloused furrows and dark stains, we see only the scars. We “see” only the embedded reminders in our lives and on our skin…that failure happened several times. That we grieved the HOLY SPIRIT once again. But again, that’s if we just look at what the past, which even just one second ago has become. THE PAST.
But GOD! What great, grand and glorious news HE brings! Our future is brightened with HIS presence. This knowledge is beyond comprehending and our hope is guaranteed!
Ephesians 1:13-14 “And in HIM you were sealed with the promised HOLY SPIRIT, having heard and believed the WORD of Truth, the gospel of your salvation. The SPIRIT is the pledge of our inheritance until the redemption of those who are GOD’s possession, to the praise of HIS glory.” That’s the best guarantee of all!
1 Corinthians 6:20 “For you were bought with a price. So glorify GOD in your body.”
We were bought with a payment which EXCEEDS measurement. Our sins were fully paid for by HIS blood which EXCEEDS all value. Think on these things when the devil’s pressure drives your mind towards thoughts of self-harm.
Press back with the WORD of GOD on your tongue at ready, always prepared to fire back HIS powerful verses. Though we slip and fall, though we harm others and ourselves, we all can rise again and cling all the closer to HIM through devoted, daily study of HIS WORD.
Because! Our LORD is forever blameless, HIS crimson sacrifice – endlessly changeless, and HIS cleansing of all that we are and shall be…greatest!
Amen and amen!