What is your struggle?
What is the story that you’re too fearful to tell?
And a better question, Why?
I find it so interesting how God can set a person free of something, only for them to hide such a freedom for fear of judgement of the sin, basically holding on to the shackles that the Lord broke off. This has been so true of my life up until now. So here’s a topic that the church can be a little more gender neutral on:
Something most Christians don’t realize is that this can be a very real struggle for women as well. I struggled with it off and on for 4 or 5 years and that was hell because the whole time I feared being judged. But anyways, never have I experienced such freedom than to look someone in the eye and give them hope in their struggle. So I’m done with shame. It is no longer mine to deal with, but God’s. I think one of the main downfalls of the church is our inability to let people struggle and extend grace upon grace to them. To be honest, I’m still paying the consequences of a decision I made when I was a naive 11 year old. I have to be careful about the movies I watch, the songs I listen to, constantly guarding my heart and taking captive my thoughts. At first glance, it can seem like a “holier than thou” stance against the evils of this world. But no, I am simply a sinner who has experienced the amazing grace and mercy of Christ and my soul isn’t worth any kind of corruption.
Basically, I just want to encourage those that feel the church isn’t a safe place to be real. It may not be. People aren’t safe. They hurt you, they judge you, they use the past against you. But if the Holy Spirit prompts, then speak. If you’re going to tell the truth, then tell the whole truth. If you’re going to let someone in, let them see the bruises and scars too. Just as there are consequences to sin, you have to deal with the fallout of being totally real. You can lose a leadership position, lose friends, go against those that tell you to stay hidden in the shadows. Yet, even with all this, the world needs Christians to be real. Christians need Christians to be real. You are not damaged beyond repair of the redemptive work of Christ. You are literally the key to someone’s freedom…even if it’s simply your own.
1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
8 Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Remember, God set us free simply for the sake of freedom. We are not made to live in chains. Stand firm in the Lord and Be Set Free.
-A World Changer