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Wounds Stick Around

Nobody is getting out of this life unscathed. We are all going to have some bumps, bruises, and scars along the way. That is the natural order of living in a fallen world with the curse of sin. The bible instructs us to confess our sins one to another that we may be healed, but what happens if we disregard this piece of advice?

Tough Enough?

Take you a couple of good sharp knives and jam them in thighs, now punch out a few windows, and lastly for good measure run a couple of fish hooks through your cheeks. Not those little baby fish hooks either, the big mamma jamma’s. Now I want you to just carry on about your day as usual. Isn’t that what many of us do in life? We suffer all these emotional wounds and then we act as though nothing is wrong. There are a number of reasons for not showing any emotion, but none of them are very good.

Some folks let their pride stop them. If I show any emotions or acknowledge that this situation or person hurt my feelings I’m going to seem weak. In other situations people bottle their emotions up because they are trying to be strong for other family members….wives, children, husbands, siblings, etc., Fear of confrontation can be another reason that people don’t acknowledge their wounds. The reaction of the person doing the wounding is presumed to be worse than the continuing on of the situation.

Are You Wounded?

Regardless of your reason for holding everything inside the result is the same; you are a wounded person. Many of us never learned how to process or deal with these wounds and over time they compact and you are no longer the person you started out. You are something else now. A set of scars with a person underneath.

Everyone uses a different type of coping mechanism to achieve the same end; emotional numbness. The goal is to not feel a particular pain, but in pursuit of that goal you end up not feeling anything. My favorite band the Avett Brothers (thanks Cody Goldsmith) gave the analogy of being like the old tin man. That is about the best I can think of.

Healing in Christ and Community

Nobody gets well on their own. Christ paid a high price for us to live free. To be healed and fully capable of sharing love, of laughing, of weeping with those who weep. I used to think men didn’t cry, and over the years I’ve learned¬† scared men don’t cry. It only makes sense to weep when you are wounded, letting the Lord bubble that poison up and out of you from your core.

I have the honor of having an amazing wife and good men in a small group at church to work through my own pains. I’m not a finished work, but the Lord is giving me back my emotions. Everything is simply deeper in Him and more alive….to put it simply, the mundane in life has suddenly become much more abundant.

I worked through a small group program with some men from my church that helped the process a lot and we had to journal our 10 worst moments in our life and what we felt when we thought about them. That really helped me to get the ball rolling on dealing with some things and maybe it could help you to if you gave it a try.

If anyone reading this ever needs somebody to talk to just leave me a comment and I’ll get back to you.

 

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Greater Works

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. (John 14:12)

What a great promise by the Lord Jesus Christ. He states here that those who believe on Him shall do the works He does and greater also. Let that sink in for a minute. Those that believe in Him will work greater works.

So what works did Jesus do? Oh you no, nothing that outrageous; heal the sick, give sight to the blind, hearing to the deaf, the mute spoke, the lame walked, cast out demons. Now those were the works of Jesus, and He said those who would believe in Him would do greater works than these.

Now Luke 10:17 tells us of some of the 72 disciples he sent out to prepare the towns he was about to go to. They came back joyously reporting that even the demons submitted to them in His name. The Lord told them not to rejoice in this, but in the fact that their names were written in heaven.

Things are stirring in West Virginia, God is moving. I don’t think anybody with Facebook could not have seen the revival taking place in the southern part of our state. I know churches in our local area and surrounding counties are experiencing powerful encounters with the Lord. We¬† shouldn’t count it strange when we see these things that Jesus said would happen, they should be the expected occurrence in the presence of a Holy God.

That brings me to my point I want to make, why did Jesus tell them not to rejoice in the fact that the demons were subject to them in His name? He knew that it was only because of their names being written in heaven that they were subject. Only by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit (and a healthy dose, see the Sons of Sciva) and His power moving through them would these works be accomplished.

We need to be moving and pressing deeper into this presence, this relationship. The culture is changing, the world is falling to pieces, but we can have hope, and peace, and works greater than these through relationship with our Lord. It doesn’t matter where you’re at in your life or what you’ve done; repent and be washed and welcomed in His blood. Nothing sweeter will you find, promise. Don’t trust my words though, pick up a bible and find out what He said for yourself.