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Are You Damaged Goods?

 

(Luke 4:18-19) “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; he has anointed me to tell the good news to the poor. He has sent me to announce release to the prisoners and recovery of sight to the blind, to set oppressed people free, and to announce the year of the Lord’s favor.”

 

 

Everyone has been hurt in the past and everyone carries baggage from their prior suffering. This is just life. However, there are some that suffered such a tragedy that it completely changed their lives, never allowing them to truly enjoy God’s blessings. This might have been the sudden loss of a loved one, a failure in business, the unfaithfulness of a partner, physical abuse, or even a falling out from a ministry. But don’t lose hope, as Christ came precisely for those of us that are damaged goods.

Unfortunately, most of us end up blaming God when we suffer instead of the devil, who is the one who wants us to be so damaged that we are no good to ourselves or anyone else. Many end up taking decisions that will damage them further, like drugs, promiscuity, toxic relationships, overeating, or dressing and acting a certain way in order to be openly obnoxious or difficult.

In some extreme cases, they end up believing that they don’t deserve to be loved, to enjoy life, or to have things go their way, but that maybe they did something wrong to have suffered the way they have and that God does not love them.  The problem is that most of the time these individuals end up not allowing anyone around them pursue joy and feel loved, thus forcing them, as well,  to live a bitter life. 

In the Bible, we have the tragic story of Tamar, King David’s daughter, who was raped by one of her own stepbrothers. Yes, very tragic. She ended up hiding from public view for the rest of her life due to this shame, never getting married, and not living the life of a princess.

But this does not have to be your case, as Christ has the power to bind up the wounds of the brokenhearted. Your new life can begin when you let go of your past and embrace the present. The enemy wants to destroy you because of your past, but God wants to restore you to His original glory upon you.

As believers, we have been empowered through the same Holy Spirit to do all the things that Christ did. Start by using that power to work on your life. Start by receiving the good news that God loves you. Get out of that prison you have built because of what others have done and receive today the spiritual vision that will allow you to live again. 

 

 

Give Christ all your darkest secrets and your deepest hurts, and leave them there.

 

 


Prayers

• Heavenly Father, The waters of Marah were made sweet by You O! Lord. You are He who sent the bread of the angels as food in abundance. You are He who broke the wall of Jericho.
• Thank You, Father, for sending Christ to be our Saviour.
• Thank You, that no matter what we have suffered, you can completely change our life into joy.
• Forgive us for not running to You with our pain and suffering and for seeking worldly solutions.
• Forgive us for the pain we have caused others because of our tragic past.
• We receive today your healing, your freedom from our prison, and the sight to our spiritual eyes.
• We surrender all our hidden past and pain at the feet of Christ and receive today the new life You have for us.
• Use us, Lord, to set others free as well from their past and to share the good news that there is hope in Your name.

• We ask in Jesus’ Mighty name. Amen

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