One common thread I have noticed is that we all are broken and in need of healing. Healing that only God can provide.
This past week I was brought back to feeling broken by anothers pain and suffering that occured due to choices in their past. This discussion again reminded me of the impact of our actions and sins from the past and how they can still affect us even today year and years after the fact.
The pains and things that have been left in the past still hit us from time to time and our enemy the devil tries to use these struggles, sins and bad decisions to affect us today. To destroy beautiful marriages, friendships, lives and carrers. A song from a band that I heard in high school that used 2 corinthians 4 as a bases of the lyrics keeps playing in my head (even though I haven’t heard it in years). Focus on these key verses for a minte:
2 Corinthians 4
Treasures in Jars of Clay
1Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God……But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. 8We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 9persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. 10We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body. 12So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.
I know that I should take more time to study this passage especially verses 8-10. But Right now this passage is speaking loudly to met about the battle that is going on around us. The Devil is seeking to destroy those of us who are seeking to live a life devoted to God. He seeks to use things from our past to destroy us. To keep us from growing closer to God. From having an amazing marriage.
So my challenge to you. When you look into the mirror don’t see the broken mirror of your past, but know that the mirror is made new. That you are a new creation in Christ and that mirror is made new, no more cracks. Know that God loves you as His child. Put on the the full Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18). Live on and in the Word, seek to know God. Do not allow the Devil a foothold in your live, actions, thoughts or deeds!