There is someone who hates you and wants to steal your soul.
What? Too much?
You might as well know.
Whether you are so sure you have it all that you’ve quit looking. Or lost without hope in suffering.
Someone hates you, envies you, wants to cheat God out of your eternal soul. You hear the whispers? The lies? Embedded so deep you think they are part of you:
–Some HAPPY LIES that loving parents pass on–Have nice things! Be good-looking! Ain’t this money/house/fame wunnerful? Demand respect! It all about YOU!
–Some SAD LIES toxic parents pass on, yelling how you are bad or worthless or a liar or…things you NEVER wanted to be, hope you AREN’T…but your brain stores anyway.
But wait. There is someone who LOVES you and wants you to live with them forever.
Someone who knows all your dirty little secrets, knows what your heart really needs. Instead of the empty promises of money, food, sex, drugs, whatever you cling to.
–I love you! You are my child forever! Look up, say what I say: Holy! Beloved! Chosen in Love! Good! NOT bad! You are safe, you are loved, you are not alone. The tears were a gift, the Bad Thing not for nothing. I will turn it ALL to good!
BUT YOU HAVE TO CHOOSE.
You don’t have to change, try harder, clean up, or anything you don’t think you can do to measure up, deserve it, win that love.
But you DO have to CHOOSE.
Go to the light.
Or stay in the dark.
Maybe you prefer the darkness…so familiar. But can you deny the hunger, the longing, that teasing hope that there is more to life? The nagging fear you are going to live forever with regret that you missed it?
The one who hates you lies to keep you in the dark. Without wings. Wounded or puffed up. Crippled in your soul.
The one who loves you tells you the Truth…but only if you choose to hear it.
If there was an easier way we would have found it by now, huh? We’ve tried everything we could get our hands on to be happy, haven’t we?
Life made you crazy. Bad Things happened. Kept you frozen ever since. Evil tells you stories you believe, maybe even pass on. Shames you for looking up, whispers to stay in the dark. .
WHAT can overcome all THAT?!
The perfect Misfit, the One who knew you all along. Jesus. Murdered for preaching love and forgiveness!! The world sure wasn’t having any of Him either. We are in good company. Better to believe who He says we are than the labels the liars in the world tape to our backs.
We are NOT what happened to us. NOT the words the devil whispers, or fallen people call out loud. No. Not mistakes. Not ruined forever. GOD loves us! Knows our name! Wants us for HIS family!
And, wherever you are, however you are…you are not alone. God LOVES you. His people here and above love you. Hold hands with THEM instead of the demons who beset you.
There’s a reason you never trusted God before. You thought He was like everybody else. Waiting to tell you what you did wrong. Or worse.
There’s a reason you never looked into the basement of your own soul. Afraid to turn the corner for the smell that wafted up the dark steps down. You didn’t want to face what you knew you couldn’t fix. You knew there was no one to love you, keep you safe, hold your hand, while facing the carnage there. There never was!
That is the simple beauty and power of the gospel: we find out who we REALLY are by discovering who the creator of the universe says we are. Him we might believe. His love never shames us.
No, we didn’t deserve the Bad Thing that happened to us.
Neither do we deserve the grace that transforms it all.
The suffering. The grace. The glory.
That is the holy journey.
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12)
How great is the love God has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it does not know Him (1 John 3:1).
We can never be separated from God’s love (Romans 8:39)
We become God’s children (Galatians 3:26)