Have you ever felt like you are an outcast, or wonder what the hell is going on with you? Have your friends ever looked at you and tell you “you got issues.” If either of the above rings close to home then you are in great company. Let me help you out, we all got issues. Yes, all of us struggle with something that qualifies as “issues.” Whether rich or poor, we all have issues. So, go ahead take a deep breath and relax, because in spite of all your issues you are still valuable in the eyes of God. You might ask how can a messed-up person like me be valuable? Simple, it is not what you do or don’t qualifies you, but the mere fact that you were created in the image and likeness of God.
David, one of the most messed up man ever to live God said of him; he is a man after my own heart. David an anointed man of God and king, was a murderer, fornicator and a hothead. God declared that the sword would never depart from his house because of his murderous acts. His life was so filled with blood and war that when he desired to build a house for the Lord, God told him no because his life was of too much blood. Yet this was the same man God declared “He is a man after my own heart.” David was so messed up that he couldn’t even deal with his own family issues. When Absalom his son killed his own brothers for raping his sister, instead of dealing with him, David ignored him. He avoided talking to Absalom because he had his own daddy issues. David was rejected by his father, Jessie. Samuel the prophet was sent by God to Jessie house to anoint one of his sons as the next king of Israel. He thought David to be so insignificant that he didn’t see it necessary to include him in the presentation for Samuel to anoint the king. Let’s talk about issues. His brothers hated him and thought he was pompous. They treated him badly when he came to inquire of their well-being during the time Goliath came against the army of Israel. King Saul even became jealous of him after he defeated Goliath and fought against the Philistines, the people began to chant “Saul has slain his thousands and David ten his thousands.” David had a lot of issues to deal with.
God transformed the life of a notorious murderer and persecutor of the early church to preach the gospel to the gentiles. Talk about being messed up, a man with issues, Saul (Apostle Paul) killed Christian because he thought he was doing God a favor. He believed he was doing something right. He was a religious zealot. It seemed as if his head was screwed on wrong. Nonetheless, what seemed hopeless to man, God used for His glory.
Once again, if you think you got issues you are in you are in great company and the perfect candidate for God’s glory! God uses every situation in our life to mold us. He uses our scars, flaws, faults, insecurities, and failures to process, equip and empower us to live for Him. He is the God who preserved David for kingship, transformed Saul for apostleship, and prepared Joseph to rule over the land of Egypt before the famine to save his people. There is no issue in your life too small or great for God to use. Where you are feeling rejected, angry, bitter, ashamed, beaten or trodden by life God has the power to bring out the value in you.
We can see the evidence of God’s mighty power at work throughout the Scriptures, but you may say that’s good but what can God do for me? The good news is God, is no respecter of person. He never changes, He is the same God yesterday, today and forever more. The might works He did in the lives of His people throughout the Scriptures He can and will do for you if you only believe. Jesus said, anything you ask the Father in My name, you will receive if you believe. God will take your life and transform it if you allow Him. He will take your ashes and give you beauty. Transform your mourning into dancing, He will cause your sun to shine again. If you believe all things are possible with God He will teach you to do the impossible because you are still valuable in His eyes.
God is calling you to a better place. A place of freedom, a place of security and assurance in Him. He wants to show you who He created you to be in this life. Will you let Him bring out your worth today?
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, Because the Lord has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn, 3 To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.”
Hurt and offense can cause you to miss out on the things that God has in store for you. They can cause you to miss opportunities in life for growth. A hurting and offended heart closes down and shut out everything and everyone as a safety mechanism. It shuts others out to protect itself from more hurt, yet at the same time isolates the person. Sometimes resulting in separation from God.
Though it is imperative for one to guard his/her heart you must be careful not to shut out those around you who were designed to help you on your life’s journey. Bear in mind that there are some people who can only go thus far with you. In other words, some people are in your life for a season. You must know what role they play and not carry them into the next season of your life. Taking people further than they need to go with you can result in you or the individual becoming frustrated, angry, and resentful. If someone is out of place in your life, it will cause more harm than good. Learn to let people go when it is time. Don’t allow hurt and offense to keep you captive.
Don’t stop producing or dreaming because you have been hurt. God has a way of using what you have experienced to develop you. He will use those experiences to build your character. He promises to take the bad experiences of your life and turn them around for your good. Don’t dwell on the wrong people have done to you, it will only distract you from what is important in life. You will find yourself circling the same mountain day after day, year after year and can’t make a headway into anything meaningful.
A powerful lesson to learn, what you focus on the most will bear fruit in your life. If you choose to focus on the hurt and offense you will keep reproducing a life-cycle of hurt and pain. However, if you choose to let go of the hurt and offense; dare to dream and trust again you will experience the life God has designed for you. Your healing will not occur overnight, nonetheless if you are determined to move forward each step you take daily will bring you into wholeness.
One person who truly embodies the meaning of letting go, is Brian Banks. Banks was an aspiring American footballer who had his eyes set on the NFL (National Football League). That all changed one afternoon. Banks spent the afternoon with a girl he also had his eyes on. The next day she accused Banks of rape, at age 17 he was charged of rape and kidnapping. Though he was innocent of the charges brought against him he was wrongfully incarcerated and sentenced to ten years in prison. While in prison Brian learned a valuable lesson. He said; “I may not be able to control what is going on in my life, but I am in control over how I allow it to affect me and what I choose to do in response moving forward.” Because of this mind set after being exonerated in 2012, one year later Brian Banks was able to fulfill his life’s dream as a NFL player. If Banks had allowed the hurt and pain he felt to captivate his mind those ten years he spent in prison, though he was exonerated, he would have been a captive of his past.
Releasing hurt and offense frees you to live and dream again.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"I may not be able to control what is going on in my life, but I am in control over how I allow it to affect me and what I choose to do in response moving forward." – Brian Banks
Ask God to help you release the hurt you are holding on to so you can move forward with your life and dream again.
SCRIPTURE OF THE DAY
“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” Says the Lord of hosts. Zechariah 4:6
Natalee Henry- Minister, Motivational Speaker, Publisher, Author, Founder and C.E.O. of Season Destiny, a ministry designed to "empower you to make right decisions in life." Her goal is to “empower you to make the right decisions in life” through the teaching of the Word of God. Her mission is to Educate, Motivate, and Transform lives for the Kingdom of God.