Freedom To Be As He Designed Us To Be

The path of healing from emotional pain is all grace. There is not one thing we can do to facilitate it, except remain humble. Years ago I heard a pastor’s personal working definition of grace. He said, “It is the power to be all that God has called you to be and do.”

That ‘power’ is grace that is released through our relationship with the Lord. John 15:5 says that apart from Him we can do nothing. That ‘nothing’ is in effect in every aspect of our lives.

The worst thing we can do is to seek healing in our own strength. Self-help books are futile. Following the Holy Spirit is essential. He is our way through. 1 John 2:27 says, “But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.”

The key to our healing is abiding. As I read through my Bible, the Holy Spirit often highlights a phrase that cuts into my flesh. It always speaks to where I am in the present. That is the power of His word. Our Surgeon uses His word like a scalpel that pierces and exposes the hidden.

Let me give you an example. In my present homework assignment, I am to look for God’s character in the list of verses. There is one for every day during my two week time. Yesterday the Holy Spirit highlighted something I’ve never considered before.

You can read it for yourself. Hebrews 12:1-3. These are very familiar verses as I have them memorized. Here is Jesus’ character revealed, “…despising the shame…” He bore all sins for all mankind on His body. When we are sinned against, we often take that defiling shame upon ourselves.

Shame causes us to want to hide from it, so we bury it by ignoring it. Someone has brought shame upon you through their sin against you. Here is your course of action: you can forgive them, renounce it (disown it as yours) and affirm the truth. Jesus bore that shame and despised it for you. Tomorrow we will do a deeper dive.

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