The World is Full of Wounded People Wearing Masks

November 17, 2011 by  
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Have you heard the phrase, “You can’t judge a book by its cover”? It’s true. Most of the time, people are not who they seem to be. You may be one of those people walking around right now.

Unless you have been outwardly wounded in some way, others can’t see your wounds. All wounds are not gaping holes or bleeding cuts. The worst looking ones are usually on the inside of us where no one can see and be disgusted.

That’s what people expect, you know. They think that others will be offended or disgusted when they see who you really are. Can she see that I used to do drugs? Does he know that my family is poor? They won’t talk to me anymore if they knew I had been sexually abused.

So, everyday you hide behind the mask. What is the mask? It’s smiles, laughter, a short temper, an indifferent attitude or acting clueless. You show whatever type of face or attitude that will keep the demons away.

The longer you do that, the less anything in your life will seem real. The mask is a lie and it will eat you alive. Satan likes masks. It lets him hide his true intentions from you. You may think that hiding your pain is helping you live but instead, it is holding you prisoner.

Here’s a scenario that everyone can relate to: Someone in your life hurts you. It could be physical, verbal or emotional. When it’s over, they walk away without apology or regret. Because they don’t care, you refuse to forgive them. That unforgiving attitude turns you into someone else. You lash out at people with your tongue or even your fists. All the while, the person who hurt you is walking around without any thought of you whatsoever.

Does this sound familiar? God wants to heal your wounds. Jesus died on the cross so that you could be free from bearing that pain alone (Isaiah 53:5).

If you’ve never read the Bible or it has been a long time, here are a few people you need to become acquainted with: The woman at the Well, the Samaritan woman, the woman with the issue of blood, the man by the pool of Bethesda. Most of these people are women but their gender doesn’t matter. What matters is how Jesus responded to them.

Their wound wasn’t always evident to others. But, their belief in Jesus healed the source of their pain. Living with your pain is not God’s will. He wants to heal your mind, body and soul through His love and your faith that He can do it.

This doesn’t mean that the pain goes away all at once. Sometimes physical infirmities stay with you as a lesson through your life to others who are suffering. God’s love turns an evil deed into something that can benefit your life and His message.

Many bitter people are holding on to pain. The wound has infected their entire life. Jesus came to save the ones who are lost and living with hidden pain is definitely living as a lost soul.

You might even be scared. Giving up the pain you have hidden for so long means you are opening yourself up to the possibility of more pain. But, God won’t hurt you. Let His healing wash out the fear and bring you back to life once again.

Additional Scriptures:

Three different times I begged the Lord to take it away. 9Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.

-II Corinthians 12:8-9

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For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

-I Timothy 1:7

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“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”

-John 16:33

Robert Moment is a life-transforming inspirational life coach , speaker and author of highly acclaimed inspirational book, Christian Women-Blessed Wherever You Go. Robert specializes in maximizing human potential for purpose , happiness and success. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing online Bible Study titled,  Christian Living.

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God’s Powerful Message to Hurting Women- I Can Heal You

November 15, 2011 by  
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The number one question that people ask of God is why He allows suffering to come to them. This question has caused more than one pause for minister and layperson alike.

As a woman, it can seem like your suffering has gone unnoticed. After all, women are the keepers of the earth and home. You look after your families much like the woman mentioned in Proverbs 31. You don’t clothe them with scarlet but you do pray for them and that covers them with the blood of Jesus Christ.

Unfortunately, when it comes to dealing with your own pain and hurt, there seems to be no one there for you. Maybe your heart is broken over a divorce. It could be that someone has brutalized you physically or mentally. You have learned to hide your pain and go on for the sake of the kids or for your livelihood. After all, the bills don’t stop coming because we are hurt.

Even at church on Sunday, you greet others with a smile that hides deep suffering inside. But how far can that really get you? Some women feel that there is strength in pain. The truth is that there is strength but not  that way.

When the hurt is that great, even your soul aches. In this life, it seems quite unfair that the deeds of the guilty can go unpunished. The only way that you see to stay in the “game of life” is to deny your pain and thus, a big part of yourself.

God wants you to know right now that  just will not do. Did you know that His heart is broken when your heart is broken? If Jesus wept for Lazarus in his death, he is surely weeping at the feet of the Almighty for your life. John 3:16 tells us that God loved every human being so much that He sent His only son, Jesus, to be a living sacrifice for us once and for all time. Does that sound like a God who doesn’t want your hurt to be healed?

God stands ready at the door of your heart to come in and change your life. There is one thing that you need to know: God is not like any man, woman or child that you have ever met. Even the most loving person in your life will let you down. It may not be their intention but it is human nature. God is not a man. He will never lie to you or make a promise to you that He doesn’t intend to keep. It’s time for you to hear God’s message of healing for your life.

Read the following verses:

The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
His mercies never cease.
23Great is his faithfulness;
his mercies begin afresh each morning.

-Lamentations 3:22-23

God desires to sustain you with His love. It is an everlasting love that no man or woman can understand. You have to accept it on faith. Remember the faith you had as a child? That same childlike faith is what God works through to heal your heart, mind and soul.

This is not just a promise for the believer but the non-believer as well. It is human nature to hold onto pain and try to rationalize how you feel about it. God says to cast the burden of that hurt on Him. Pray right now, wherever you are for God to heal every part of you from the pain that you are experiencing. Let Him be your strength.

Additional Scriptures:

To all who mourn in Israel,
he will give a crown of beauty for ashes,
a joyous blessing instead of mourning,
festive praise instead of despair.
In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks
that the Lord has planted for his own glory.

-Isaiah 61:3

But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength.
They will soar high on wings like eagles.
They will run and not grow weary.
They will walk and not faint.

-Isaiah 40:31

Robert Moment is a life-transforming inspirational life coach , speaker and author of highly acclaimed inspirational book, Christian Women-Blessed Wherever You Go. Robert specializes in maximizing human potential for purpose , happiness and success. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing online Bible Study titled,  Christian Living.

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Women of the Bible

November 11, 2011 by  
Filed under Christian Articles, Christian Women

We all know the stories of the great men of the Bible. From Abraham, Moses and Noah through to the New Testament gospel writers and Paul, their stories are vital to our faith history. Yet the role of women in the Bible should not be understated. Stories of ordinary women with extraordinary strength and courage abound, giving inspiration and encouragement to women today.

In the Old Testament we find an array of such women. Sarah, wife of Abraham, possesses courage, patience and forbearance in abundance.  After leaving her home following God’s promise to Abraham that he would be ‘father of many nations’ (Gen 17:5) she pretends to be Abraham’s sister to save him from Pharoah. Unable to conceive a child, she allows Abraham to father a son with Hagar, a slave. As Sarah’s situation deteriorates, God rewards her faith and she conceives her son Isaac. God fulfils his promise to Abraham, and Sarah becomes the mother ‘of many nations’. (Genesis Chapters 12-21).

After years of infertility, Hannah, too, prayed desperately to God for a child. Weeping, she promised to give her son in service to the priests.  That son was Samuel, one of the greatest prophets of the Old Testament (1 Samuel 1).

Esther is chosen for marriage to King Xerxes who is unaware of her Jewish background.  Warned of a plot to destroy the Jewish people, Esther risks her life to save them by appealing directly to the King. Courageously she declares, ‘if I perish I perish’ (Esther 4:16).  Ultimately, Esther’s bravery saves her people and her actions are remembered in the Jewish Feast of Purim.

Ruth, a Moabite widow, followed her mother-in-law Naomi, married Boaz and became the grandmother of David from whose line Jesus is descended.

Most revered of all is Mary, mother of Jesus, a virgin when she conceived the son of God.  Mary trusted God with all her heart, responding to the angel who told her of God’s plans, ‘‘I am the Lord’s servant… May it be to me as you have said’ (Luke 1:38).   Her cousin Elizabeth, barren for many years, became the mother of John the Baptist.

In Acts Chapter 18, we find Priscilla, one of the earliest teachers of Christian theology. When Paul arrived in Corinth he worked for Priscilla and her husband Aquila, who were tentmakers.  Forming a close friendship with Paul, they accompanied him to Syria. Priscilla taught and organised Christian groups in her home, one of her most notable pupils being Apollos, a renowned Christian preacher in the first century.

Eve, Deborah, Rebekah, Tamar, Rahab in the Old Testament, Martha and Mary in the New Testament, Mary Magdalene, present at all of the crucial events in the life of Jesus and the first witness of the Resurrection; the list of women who responded to God’s call goes on.

God works in the ordinary, He works with us where we are today.  He calls to us and if we respond to our calling, He uses us where we are.  It doesn’t always include a miracle or a grand gesture of faith, it can often be in the context of our day to day lives.

Take heart and inspiration from Women in the Bible.  Read the countless stories of how God used these often ordinary women for extraordinary purposes. As you read, remember always that ‘nothing is impossible with God’. (Luke 1:37). Listen for His voice as you pray today and let the light of Jesus Christ illuminate your world.

Robert Moment is a life-transforming inspirational life coach , speaker and author of highly acclaimed inspirational book, Christian Women-Blessed Wherever You Go. Robert specializes in maximizing human potential for purpose , happiness and success. Visit http://www.ChristianInspirational.org and sign-up for the FREE life-changing online Bible Study titled,  Christian Living.

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