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Where the Healing Begins

posted 18 Jan 2012, 10:29 by Peter Booth   [ updated 18 Jan 2012, 10:36 ]
"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, 
so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 
casting all your anxieties on him, because He cares for you." 
1Peter 5:6-7

I cannot emphasise just how much I think this is a great video. Don't just watch this once; there are great truths captured in this video which we should sit up and listen to. After watching the video, take some time to reflect on what it is saying, and pray over those things. 

We are broken, we are wretched, we are dirty, and yet despite that Christ came, despite that Christ died, and despite that Christ took all of that shame, all of that guilt, all of that dirt, and all of that sin upon himself, that we could be healed and KNOW HIM. We build up these walls around us of doing good and of reputation, and we talk about being open with one another in church, confessing sins and encouraging one another. Yet it is those of us who have been in church the longest that can find this the most difficult, as we're worried that we may be exposed for who we really are. We're worried that people will see the dirt in our lives - that they will see through the façade. Because of this doubt cripples us and wars rage in our soul about who we are. We don't want to loose face amongst our friends. 

"When you let your walls fall to the ground... this is where the healing begins... When you come to where you're broken within, the Light meets the dark. Sparks will fly as grace collides with the darkest side of us."

"God will allow pain, God will allow frustration, God will allow the dark night of the soul, because sometimes that's the only way to get the infection out. To leave it there, will kill you."

But God has not abandoned us. He will restore and heal us, shape us and fix us. We are not alone in the fight. Praise God for his abounding grace to us. Facing ourselves and who we are is one of the hardest and most painful things to do, but God has not abandoned us - he is carrying us. 

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another,
and the blood of Jesus his son cleanses us from all sin. 
If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to 
cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
1John 1:7-9 

Sermon segments by Matt Chandler, song by Tenth Avenue North