Damage Eraser

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So I am doing my daily hair care routine yesterday and I glance at the bottle of shampoo and the words “Damage Eraser” just leap off the bottle and start dancing around in my brain. That voice…you know the condescending inner chatterbox…started it’s agitation: “You really believe that you can erase the damage?” My brain thought. My heart felt. My soul ached. I wasn’t just thinking about split ends. I am a damaged person. I have bumps and bruises, scars and wounds that are not all visible. I admit I am a flawed human being with issues. I am a sinner. I don’t deserve to be loved by God. I don’t deserve anything. And yet…there’s GRACE. It met me there in the shower. A reminder that I WAS damaged. I WAS certainly flawed. But I am NEW. I am FLAWLESS. I have a damage eraser that does work. His name is Jesus. In His mercy, God filled my heart with a song. Please read the lyrics of Flawless by Mercy Me and remember that the cross makes you flawless!

There’s got to be more 
Than going back and forth 
From doing right to doing wrong 
‘Cause we were taught that’s who we are 
Come on get in line right behind me 
You along with everybody 
Thinking there’s worth in what you do 

Prechorus: Then Like a hero who takes the stage when 
We’re on the edge of our seats saying it’s too late 
Well let me introduce you to amazing grace 

Chorus: No matter the bumps 
No matter the bruises 
No matter the scars 
Still the truth is 
The cross has made 
The cross has made you flawless 
No matter the hurt 
Or how deep the wound is 
No matter the pain 
Still the truth is 
The cross has made 
The cross has made you flawless 

Could it possibly be 
That we simply can’t believe 
That this unconditional 
Kind of love would be enough 
To take a filthy wretch like this 
And wrap him up in righteousness 
But that’s exactly what He did 

Chorus

Take a breath smile and say 
Right here right now I’m ok 
Because the cross was enough 

Prechorus

Chorus

No matter what they say 
Or what you think you are 
The day you called His name 
He made you flawless
He made you flawless

No matter the bumps 
No matter the bruises 
No matter the scars 
Still the truth is 
The cross has made 
The cross has made you flawless

That is the beauty of “grace grace God’s grace”. Thank you, Jesus.

Breaking Silence

I have been grappling with some crazy issues. My heart and soul have been through some aches and pains…stretching and growing and I have tried. I have tried to keep the faith going despite the hardship. Other Christians have it much worse than this. But, I just never thought things would come to this. And why not? Issue after issue…seeing a church unravel is so disheartening especially when you were a part of the repair process from earlier wounds. Especially when your serving the Lord meant sacrifice to build up and now it is torn down. In a few months time and change of pastoral leadership, the spiral out of control…the lies and deception…I feel some way about this stuff. I know I don’t have many followers and I may lose some of what I do have but I am taking a stand. I am intolerant of tolerance. Everyone else can’t have their “feelings” hurt but the Christian’s opinion? Ya, that doesn’t matter. NEWS FLASH: truth doesn’t change. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. So the Bible says sin is sin. Why are we now condoning it and trying to perform same sex marriages in the church? God is not going to bless this. I have seen with my own two eyes a growing, vital church body be struck down because someone’s agenda was not in line with God’s will. It is only going to get worse and how do we stand against false teachers and preachers who want to do their own thing…who lie to us and deceive? Satan is the father of lies so who are we trying to represent to the world? Then I say to these “fellow Christians”, where do you find the Biblical okay for same sex marriage and let’s even throw in where is the Biblical okay for women to be pastors? There is no Biblical okay for these things so they can’t show me. I am in awe that my voice as a leader was ignored and that society’s ill effect took over the church I attended for years. I no longer belong. I never thought I’d find myself not belonging with believers but what do they believe…a wishy washy, pick and choose what you want to believe faith or the hard core truth of what is written??? Yes, I believe you love people but not the sin. It is not our job to condone or condemn a particular sin. We should not embrace sin. We should be turning away from it. Running toward Jesus, our Savior whom we all desperately need. He said, “Go and sin no more”. The religious institutions are appalling with their man made ideas and acceptance of society’s standards. God set a higher plumb line. What are we going to do about it? I will tell you what we should be doing…pray and know the Bible. Read it for yourself and search out God’s Word on these topics and more. Know what you are up against and be a light in the darkness.