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Are You Wounded?

Have you ever been hurt, wounded, marred, made to feel low and second-class, victimized, criticized about your looks, your weight, your manner of speaking, despised, abused, suffered, laughed at, talked about, lied about, rejected? Maybe you haven’t experience all of those feelings but I am sure that you have experienced some of them at one time.

I know I have been on the receiving end of many of those wounds and hurts but I have also thoughtlessly caused them. None of us are perfect, we make mistakes and some of us have made more than others. We say hurtful things because we have been hurt. We wound because we have been wounded.

Lately, I have been asking the Lord why certain things have happened in my life and why I seem at a standstill. I feel like I am at a crossroads but don’t know where to go or what to do.

Some scriptures come to mind about Jesus found in Isaiah 52 and 53.

“He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering and familiar with pain…” (Isa 5:3)

“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” (Isa 5:5)

In Isaiah 52:14 “Just as there were many who were appalled at him—his appearance was so disfigured beyond that of any human being and his form marred beyond human likeness—“

So here we see Jesus wounded, rejected, despised, physically hurt, and crushed. People were horrified at him. He was marred, an object of horror.

Marred is an interesting word. It can mean: disfigured, damaged, spoiled, scarred, impaired, hindered, wasted, flawed, injured, defaced, deformed, distorted.

Do you identify with any of this at least emotionally, in your heart? Jeremiah, Micah, and Job speak of their wounds being incurable and they are. Many of us have been wounded, hurt, marred, and scarred from childhood throughout adulthood. These wounds cannot be healed except through the power of the Holy Spirit doing a redemptive work in our lives. These wounds have taken root in our hearts and we must deal with them.

Often we ask, “Why me??? I have just tried to do good, I didn’t deserve this!” Right now, God is wanting to do a great work in your life! He wants to do a deep, maturing, spiritual work in you!

Look at Isaiah 53:10 and what a revelation this word is:

 “Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer…”

God willed the Lord Jesus to suffer. Why? Verse 12 says,

“….because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered among the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many and made intercession for the transgressors.”

Jesus took our sin. Isaiah 53:11 says,

“By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many as He will bear their iniquities.”

Francis Frangipane in his study, The Gift of Woundedness, says “As Christ forgave His enemies, Heaven’s power rent the temple veil in two.”

Praise God! You wonder why things have happened to you? God wants you to be Christlike. He is leading you there. He wants to do a wonderful deep work in your character. One time I was going through something terrible, being treated mean. I went to my pastor and she said something I didn’t like at first but knew it was great wisdom. She said that God wanted to do a work of love in my heart. That I should pray for those treating me unjustly and forgive them! I did not want to do that, I wanted to lash out and somehow get them back. But that is not Christlike. The Lord let me see the carnality in my heart and the selfishness.

When you pray and sincerely forgive those who have hurt you and wounded you, there are great things happening in heaven. The Father is well-pleased with you. You gain new perspective in your life. Those incurable wounds are being rooted out and healed by the power of the Holy Spirit. A supernatural work in happening in your life and character.

Paul said in Hebrews 5:8

“Even though Jesus was God’ Son, he learned obedience from the things that he suffered.”

Dear brothers and sisters, through the things that we have suffered, let the Fruit of the Holy Spirit be manifest in our lives: love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness! Intercess, pray, forgive those that have hurt you in the past. Go forward, becoming Christlike, obedient to the Father’s Will and enjoy abundant life.

Paul says in Philippians 3:10:

“That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death.”

What sweet fellowship with our Father and Savior, our Lord Jesus Christ if we embrace those things that have happened, forgive, learn obedience, let our hearts be always soft while yearning for more of the Lord. We would truly see clearly and know the path the Lord has for us. Not only for us but we would see a great move in others as we pray for them. What is our calling and goal it life? To be popular, well-liked, well-thought of, a nice person? NO! It should be to be like Jesus! To manifest his nature in our lives! To grow in grace & knowledge of Him! Although we see Jesus persecuted and hated by some, He was loved (and is loved) by so many! He inspired people, healed them, helped the hopeless. He not only was loved but He loved us so much that he laid down His life for us. Let us strive to be like our Savior!!! If we suffer, let us turn around and let the work move our hearts toward Him!

A prayer from Francis Frangipane, The Power of One Christlike Life:

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Astray?

1 Peter 2:25 says, “For you were like sheep going astray, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.” (NIV)

The word astray can mean anywhere from led into  error and sin, to be deceived or as severe as to fall away from truth and become a heretic.

Astray can also mean to wander or roam about. Sometimes we as Christians don’t fall from truth, we don’t fall into sin and error but we do roam or wander. We get away from the express calling of God on our lives. Many times it seems right at the time to follow a certain path, to perhaps get caught up into the work of our ministry and stop following the heart of God.

We humans are so very fallible, like sheep we lose sight of what God had intends for us. I read a well-known minister’s statement about his ministry and the myriad changes in it. His ministry had grown large and prosperous. He was doing good works and reaching a lot of people. He wasn’t in sin or error but had lost sight of where God intended for him to go. God stopped him one day and said you have strayed from what I have called you to do. So God took him back to His original mandate for this minister’s life. God didn’t condemn this minister, He directed him. That minister just grew in in love, grace and Christlikeness through the obedience to God’s will and purpose for his life.

If you feel like you have failed, strayed, lost sight of God’s express will for you, ask God to help you get back on the right path. Our God is compassionate and loving. Jesus knows our wants, wishes, desires and the many dangers to our souls. He is our Shepherd, He feeds us, guards us, directs  and is there even when we might take the wrong fork in life for awhile. He lovingly tends to our hurts, scratches, wounds, binds us up and carries us when we are weak.

How to return to the Lord and His express purpose for your life?

Paul says in 2 Corinthians 3:18, “We all, with open face beholding as a glass the glory of the Lord”.

Behold the Lord’s glory! Enter into devoted, focused worship of the Lord. It means fixing your gaze on the Lord. David Wilkerson said, “It means deciding, I won’t move from this position. Before I do anything else, before I try to accomplish a single thing, I must be in God’s presence.” Yearn and long to be in the presence of God. Lay on your bed or walk around your home, just spend time opening your heart to God. Many times all you need to say is, “God, I need you!!!”

The Lord will direct you, comfort you, lead you, give you insight. He is your Shepherd and the Bishop of your soul! God loves you!!!

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