LOVE WON. Love came down to die in order that you may live. Love pursues. Love plucks you out of the nasty pit that you dug for yourself. Love cleans you up and sets you high upon the Rock. Love doesn’t leave you filthy and dirty. Love doesn’t leave you in the muck and mire to continue to stink. Love doesn’t leave you in your bondage to sin. “Therefore if any man be in Christ he is a NEW CREATION: old things are past away; behold, ALL THINGS are become NEW”. 1 Cor 5:17 Love takes away ALL shame and ALL guilt. Love NEVER leaves you in the same way He found you, NEVER EVER. Love sets you free! ” Whom the Son sets FREE is FREE INDEED!” Love transforms you into a new vessel, molded and shaped for the Master’s purpose. Love CANNOT lie. Love restores your life. Love casts out fear. “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear had torments.” Love heals. Love delivers. Love calls you out into the waters. Love asks you to go deeper. Love requires trust. Love seeks to change your heart and mind. Love seeks to be followed to the end. Love cares more about your character than your comfort. Love doesn’t require much, just ALL your heart, ALL your soul and ALL your mind. Love asks that you take up your crucifixion cross and die daily. You see, LOVE isn’t an inner feeling, LOVE is active and alive. LOVE WON over 2000 years ago and still WINS today. LOVE NEVER FAILS.
SHAME IS UNDIAGNOSED CANCER THAT EATS AND EATS AT YOU UNTIL YOU ARE CONSUMED. Is guilt and shame from your past eating you up? Are you carrying around that heavy load tirelessly and needlessly? Let me tell you a story. I was molested the first time when I was age nine by a 25 year old drunken man. From there, my life spiraled out of control. I didn’t realize that I had been carrying around shame from that until my own daughter was 9. We were driving somewhere singing and the Lord spoke to me, “Crystal, look at your daughter. She is young and innocent and she is 9.” I wasn’t getting it. He continued, “that’s how old you were when you were molested.” And I broke down crying. I didn’t even realize it until that very moment that I thought it was my fault. I had been carrying that shame for about 30 years. Now, right at this same time was our first women’s retreat. I had bought a white stone for every lady because the Lord had given me this scripture,”To him that overcomes, will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knows except he that receives it.” Rev 2:17 That year God gave me the name “Purity”. This name spoke DIRECTLY to the guilt and shame I had carried around for so long. “Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” Psalms 51:7 So I ask you, what “cancer” are you carrying around? Maybe you are secure in what GOD has CALLED you, but if you still struggle with your past identity, let Him WASH YOU WHITER THAN SNOW. Are you letting your past have ANY control over you? Come seek grace at the altar of His cleansing forgiveness. Let Him ERASE all the guilt and shame- He longs to give you a NEW NAME. And next time that old devil tries to throw those lies back in your face, tell him “You have me confused with someone else. Go back to hell you liar!”