Hello Ladies! Today I wanted to write about this topic because it is one of the messages that we discussed during Teatime on Saturday mornings @ 9:30 est. I know everyone is not able to log on Zoom during that time, so I am bringing the messages to you all in this blog. So, let’s go ahead and get into it!
Imagine you are the owner of this car! When you first got the car off the lot, it was shiny and had that new car smell. Your excitement could not be explained at the time. So, you took the car out for many spins until the time progress in to ten years.
After ten years, your car ended up looking like this. This car has been through many things. The color is lost. There are so many dents on the car that you had no choice but to let it sit. In your eyes, the value in the car is gone.
One day a mechanic came by your house and offered you 10,000 dollars for the car. At the time you did not understand why the mechanic bought the car for 10,000 dollars until he completed the transformation to the car. Look at this transformation!
The mechanic knew something you did not know! The mechanic knew that the car was worth the 10,000 dollars. He had the skills to fix the car.
So, let’s think about this story. There was a car that was brand new and the value of the car was worth the price you paid for it. This is interesting to me because it makes me think of the day we were born. When we were born, we were new to this world and had not been tainted by the cares of this world. We were unmoved by what was going on in the world.
As time goes by, we experience things that changes our outlook on life. this could be good or bad. The bad things that we suffer changes how we see ourselves because scars are left behind. Scars makes us feel ashamed of the things that we had to suffer. Scars makes us feel worthless or lost. Sometimes, our scars can remind us of the very thing that we wish that we could forget.
There are so many things that could cause us to have scars. Check out the list below if you are interested.
· Being talked about can make you feel ashamed of who God created you to be and hurt.
· Broken relationships can cause you to feel alone, broken, deserted, and cause you to question everything you do or did. Being
· Being taken advantage of can cause you to feel worthless, violated, confused, depressed, angry, alone, and broken.
· Loss of loved ones can make you feel alone, loss, confused, angry, helpless, depressed, deserted, and fearful.
· Trials and tribulations can make you question the love that God has for you.
Scars can affect the way we live our life if they are not totally surrendered over to God. These things could make us loose the very essence that God has given us. Losing the essence that God has given us affects the way we carry ourselves in our relationship with God, relationships with people, health, faith, and work. The devil wants to use our scars as distractions, when God wants to use them for our good.
God does not want us to hide from our scars. Our scars identify who we are. The things we had to suffer helped grow us. They helped us find God. Not only do our scars make us stronger, but they also encourage others by letting them know that they can make it through too.
Let’s change the way we are thinking. Let’s not allow our scars create strongholds in our mind. If you have been feeling anything less than what you should, let’s do something about it! It takes time to create bad habits, so it will take time to create new ones. Let us fight and surrender our issues to God. Let us walk in our healing by showing off those same scars/stains that try to bind us.
Where do we begin?
· By loving God and receiving the love that He has already given us
· By loving ourselves→ allow God to show us how to love ourselves with the scars/stains
· Accepting that the scars/stains are not there to cover us but to help identify us → the new powerful us!
o With every scar/stain, comes more wisdom, more strength, more testimonies, more blessings, and more power, and growth in your relationship with God.
We must know that we are worth the fight for change! We are worth the suffering! We are worth our love! We are worth Gods love! Our scars are beautiful!
John 20: 24-29
24 Now Thomas (also known as Didymus[a]), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!”
But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”
26 A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!”
29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.
Psalms 139: 13-18
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
17 How precious to me are your thoughts, [a] God! How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you.
Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
1 John 4:18
Where God’s love is, there is no fear, because God’s perfect love takes away fear. It is punishment that makes a person fear. So love is not made perfect in the person who has fear.
1 Corinthians 13:7
Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always continues strong.
Choose an area to work on this week. Try to change a bad habit. Show yourself you are worth it by denying your flesh. Think of any area that has been in dormant due to a stronghold that has taken root in your mind. This could be your relationship with God, relationship with people, your health, appearance, anything God called you to do, or just anything that you feel led to work on. Come up with a plan! Just do the plan!