Truth Tuesday

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” (Isaiah 53:5, NKJV)

WOUNDED SELF(IE)

Even though the anecdote, says “don’t” we do… We judge a book by its cover.

And by book, we mean ourselves and each other. Sometimes before a person can get a word in, we’ve already sized her up: She looks rich. She looks like a freak. She looks like a geek. She looks mean. She’s a nobody.

We formulate these preconceived notions honestly because we may feel something lacking in us. We may have an unhealed pain that’s nagging for attention; and the only way we know how to get that attention is to act out. We act out from a place of hurt.

We’ve all done it. We gawk at and glamorize artificial and unattainable, photo-shopped beauty and yet scrutinize our own bodies and others’ for not measuring up.

We claim we’re in stride with the master, but we’re merely walking wounded women.

When we don't achieve the looks we see on the screen or in the magazines, we become wounded. We wound ourselves for not appearing flawless. We wound ourselves for having an extra cookie. We wound ourselves for giving in to temptation. We wound ourselves for not having the cutest clothes or the perfect husband. We are constantly under attack…wounding ourselves; yet covering up with the perfect selfie.

1) To break through vanity, we must stop speaking from our wounded selves.

If we were to take a selfiEvaluation of our lives, we’ll find that we often speak from our dark places and from your scars. We call ourselves fat, lazy, dumb before others get a chance to. We blame ourselves for failure in our families. We curse ourselves for mistakes we’ve made. We tell others to take it easy on themselves, but we beat ourselves up; daily.

Ladies, we want to encourage you to not be so enamored by your stories of pain that you neglect to share your stories of triumph. It’s okay that you’ve been delivered! Don’t be ashamed if God blessed you to be in a different place than your family or friends, or if you’ve moved to a new level in your career. It's okay to share your healing even if others are still hurting!

2) To break through vanity, we must actually look at ourSELVES.

Some women are afraid to look in mirrors, because it will reveal the true self. But for the rest of us; we’re used to it, checking ourselves out, plucking stray hairs; making sure everything is in place, as it should be.

But God sees a different self. Not the wounded girl, but His wonderful creation. Once we take a look into the mirror of God’s Word, we'll start readjusting our speech from the Wounded Self to the Healed Self. We'll replace our tall tales of gloom with love stories of grace. We'll tuck away our scarred mentality and replace it with a sacrificial heart.

3) To break through vanity we must let Jesus’ wounds heal us.

If your wounds didn’t heal all mankind, they shouldn’t be on display. We are not saying to downplay any hurt that ever happened to you; because we know God didn't overlook that evil. But we believe that in Christ, we are set free from the bondage of wounds. We believe in speaking from a place of healing and victory.

Every person who asks how you’re doing isn’t expecting to hear a sob story; some people want to see and hear that you are doing well. They don’t want to see you stricken in the pain of divorce, abortion, bitterness, loneliness, regrets, or alcoholism. They want to know that you may have had rough days, but you are okay. You may have been beat down, but you're an overcomer! People want to see you healed!

Jesus Christ took on the wounds that you’re trying to bear, sister. Your wounds stay open, painful, and even get infected when we keep picking at them. So let's cut back on dwelling on them. Bandage the wounds with the salve of God’s grace and let His healing work begin! Wilt thou be made whole?

This Truth Tuesday, remember: You're COVERed by Grace; no need to judge that book! 



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3 comments

  1. Thanks for the encouragement SISTERS,WELL received and needed by all.

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  2. Beautiful! I needed that. As my Grandma always told me I was my own worst enemy & how true. I always keep repeating to myself & out loud "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." ~ Phillippians 4:13.

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  3. Thank you Juanita & Susan! We are so thankful that this message was able to reach you in a place of need! May you continue to rely on God for your strength as you release who you are to Him so you can become who He created you to be!

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