Thursday, February 12, 2009

It's Really NOT Your Fault - Get FREE!

Why me? We often find ourselves asking God this very question. God has a word of encouragement for those who have questioned Him concerning the unfortunate things that have happened in your life. Perhaps you were abused or molested. Maybe your parents were not the greatest. In fact, they may not have even been present. Maybe you grew up in a poor household or were born with some type of disease. Whatever the case, you ask God, “Why me?” “What did I do to deserve such a plight?”

Last Sunday, God spoke to me very clearly about this very thing. At the onset of John 9, we see Jesus dealing with the same genre of questions in reference to a blind man.

1And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.
2And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
3Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.

Because the man had an infirmity, the disciples’ first thought was that his condition must be punishment for some wrongdoing. Quite the contrary! Jesus explains in verse 3 that his infirmity had one person – that the works of God would be manifest in him.

In 1 Corinthians 10:13, Paul gives an assurance to the church at Corinth. That assurance is that God will not allow us to deal with more than what we can bear. So, consider this:

If God allowed you to deal with it, it’s only because He strengthened you enough to get through it! In addition to that, it’s not your fault because IT’S NOT ABOUT YOU!!! I know that is blunt, but it is indeed true for many who are carrying guilt for things they could not have controlled. It was never about you. You were being used of God to bring Him glory, that He would be made manifest in you! Hallelujah!!!

Have you ever considered that the abuser was only being used so God could shape your testimony? What if the poverty was just an instrument for God to awe those who see you in your prosperity? People of God, we are called to be a sacrifice. You have yielded your life to God for His use. Even before you were able to make the conscious decision for holiness, He used you for His glory. That’s a privilege. It’s no reason to feel down, but a reason to rejoice. It’s not cause for feeling guilty, but cause for being honored.

You are greater than what you’ve gone through. That’s why God allowed YOU to go through it. Your past would have crushed someone else, but God equipped YOU to adapt and overcome. YOU are more than a conqueror! Selah.

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