From Hurt to Healing (Part 3)

Monday, November 19, 2012

And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.” (Luke 24:50)


Once upon a time there was a woman who had a bad reputation. She had been married five times and was living in sin with a man who wasn't even her husband.

Isn’t it amazing how people will try to call you out and tell your story before you can even get the chance to say you’ve been delivered from your past?

Because of her low social status as a woman and a Samaritan, she goes to the well during the hottest part of the day to avoid the flapping tongues of her townspeople.

Though it was known that Jews didn’t travel much on Samaritan roads, Jesus did anyway. He approaches the well, and the woman, and asks for a drink of water. She is amazed, not realizing that His request will turn into a life-changing, worth-renewing experience for her!

Jesus had His attention on the woman. He’s listening, answering questions, and asking to drink from her jug (John 4:7-12). In that day, women were looked at as commodities. They were possessions that could be used up, thrown away, or killed. Men did not even speak to women, because women were considered to be non-people. Men walked past them, over them, and looked through them.

Have you ever felt like you were not worth looking at, not worth the attention, not worth the respect to speak to?

Do you think the Samaritan woman felt worthy as she was speaking to Jesus? Everyone in town knew of her sin; she was ashamed of her sin, but He didn’t condemn her, He forgave her. She repents and goes back to testify about Jesus! She tells of His living water that brought everlasting freedom from her past. Her testimony led many people to Christ that day (John 4:1-42).

Do you fit into this narrative? Do people know ALL about you and are ready to criticize and bring up your past at the drop of a dime? Will people (or yourself) not let you live your strongholds down? Jesus is not like us. He knows our lives well, yet doesn’t have to rehearse our pasts every time we talk to Him.

Women, sisters, friends, you are forgiven! You are not a commodity; you have worth in the sight of God who loves you. He doesn’t care what you’ve done; He just hopes that you’ll turn back to Him like the Samaritan woman. He is not concerned with the hurts and stings of your past…the king is enthralled by your beauty; honor him, for he is your lord” (Psalm 45:11).

When was the last time you were told you were beautiful? Not because you had on nice clothes or were rocking a new hairstyle, but because someone genuinely saw the beauty of Christ shining through you? Has anyone ever blessed you, because they see good shimmering in your life? In Luke 24:50, Jesus “lifted up His hands and blessed them.”

After Jesus rose from the dead He revealed Himself to chosen witnesses. The apostles (after seeing Him reveal His wounds, and after being told to release their wrongs) were seeing the Savior ascend into heaven, never to physically be seen again. They kept their eyes fixed on Him and did not look away. They had to be nudged to bring their attention back to earth (Acts 1:10-11).

Sometimes, we are pushed to look at our problems down here [in our pasts] versus keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.

However, Jesus didn’t just leave them hanging; He lifted up His hands and blessed them before He left, giving them a reason to Renew their Worth.

You may be suffering from low-self esteem, due to hurt and abuse. You may be suffering from feeling ugly because all the men you found yourself with treated you ugly and you just accepted it because you were looking for intimacy in the ignorant and love in all the wrong places. You may be suffering because you don’t measure up to the sister in your Bible class who looks like she has it all together, but what you don’t see is she’s looking at you thinking the same thing.

Jesus’ last act of kindness after dying on the cross was to bless His people. Hasn’t He already done enough, now to turn around and bless us! Blessed here is (yoo-log-eh’-o) and it means “to speak well of, to bless (as in to thank or give approval, to prosper) and to praise.” What does God need to honestly thank and praise us for? Why would God bless us, even when we consistently, deliberately, predictably do Him wrong? It’s because of HIS LOVE for us.

When God blesses us He does not merely befriend us and send us on our way; but by a simple act of His OWN WILL and HAND-SELECTING, He loves us completely and enthusiastically!

Not only did Christ die for you, but He also turned around and rose from death to praise you, bless you, thank you, give you His approval, and speak well of you. Wow. Did you miss your shout? That alone should make you feel a renewed sense of worth!

This should be the sole focus of our praise to Him each week. Not to walk into the Church Fashion Show to give out the Best Praise and Best Dressed Awards. No, we worship collectively to tell God “Lord, We THANK YOU! We PRAISE YOU, We HONOR YOU! YOU ARE WORTHY! God, you did all this for us? Our sins made us unworthy, but our Savior reinstated and renewed our worth!”

It doesn’t matter what happened then, you are here now! HE loved you then, just as He loves you now, and He will love you forever. You are worthy.

So, are you lifting up your hands to bless one another or to shake your fist in defiance? Jesus, your Savior and elder brother, lifted UP his hands, and BLESSED others. He did not leave this earth disappointed, HE left “in love.” He left a blessing.

Did you hear that…your Savior’s last words were a blessing? A blessing that has been passed down to God’s children in spirit. In blessing them it’s as if He has blessed us and put His Father’s name upon us.

So girlfriend, sister-girl, mama, big mama – whatever category of woman you fit in – you should live and walk blessed! You are worthy, too loved by God to be stressed! You are worthy because GOD SAID it and that settles it. Don’t allow people to bring up your past that God has delivered you from. You don’t live there anymore! It’s no wonder those disciples were fixated on Jesus; He renewed their worth through His LOVE!

Lesson Reflection

1) Have you ever felt unworthy or undeserving of love? What do you think caused that feeling?

2) What new thoughts will speak to your renewed worth starting now? What scriptures declare your worth in Christ?

3) Do you have an understanding of how Jesus sees you? Renew means to change into something new and different, something better. Pray this week for your worth to be realized and renewed. Write down what changes you notice.

Thank you:

For each of you that has taken this journey with us, we thank you and are praying for you. We’re praying for your strength and faith to increase as you dig deep into your heart to get to a place of healing in your life! Feel free to share your comments on "Renew Worth" below. We'd love to hear from you! Also, share with others and encourage them to grow with us. If you are new to S.W.A.P. Ministries, you will find the previous lessons of the From Hurt to Healing series below.

Part 1 - Reveal Wounds
Part 2 – Release Wrongs

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  1. I love this lesson...this lesson has such a huge impact on me...people are always going to talk but it how you respond to them talking about you. I always tell people I don't live in my past, I'm presently looking forward to my future. God has delivered me from my past.

    1. Amen Debra! Deliverance is a mighty blessing from God especially to remind us of the worth we have in Him. He sees us as overcomers and delivered, so no one should be able to keep us in our pasts! Stay renewed sister!


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