Have you ever had an injury that needed to be treated?
I remember one injury I had growing up, a glass had pierced the sole of my feet… I came up limping and trying to hide it from my parents, having the glass in my skin was painful and I thought hiding it was going to make the pain go away with time. But my mum was sensitive to note I was limping, and she said, we’ll have to take the glass out. It won’t heal if you don’t take it out. It’ll get contaminated if you carry it like that. You’ll be needing a tetanus shot but first of all, let’s see the injury.
I heard that whenever you go to the hospital in order to get treated you’ll definitely have to tell the doctor where the pain lies or what’s wrong with you so that the right medication can be administered. If you hide your sickness for too long, it can turn out worse and in some cases lead to death, so prevention is more cheaper than cure.
After enduring the pain of having the glass pulled out of my skin, I won’t lie it was painful, but afterwards with treatment and the good old penicillin, it got better and before I knew it I was running around again. Yours might be something different or worse, but an honest appraisal, seeking help was always a better option. Now, if you let me, I’d like us to visit that wound you’ve been nursing alone.
Yes, that exact one that only you and God know about. Well, no one else knows about it, it’s not causing any problems, I don’t want to talk about it. I’d rather not go down that lane. You may try to talk yourself into believing that you’re OK with it. Why hide it? I mean if it’s okay, why hide it? Why is it a secret? The best surgeon I know wants to take a look at your wounds, will you let him?
Let’s take a look at some habit we rather not tamper with; anger, bitterness, unforgiving, addictions of all sort etc. Take a moment, search your heart, let light flood your heart, if any thought comes up as you read this, hold it out(write it out) let the light of the surgeon see it, can you do that? Alright let’s proceed.
Don’t throw a pity party or condemn yourself. Don’t let that guilt take you away from this surgery. At some point we’ve gone through this same dilemma. Here, let’s take a look at Paul
Romans 7:18-25 I realize that I don’t have what it takes. I can will it, but I can’t do it. I decide to do good, but I don’t really do it; I decide not to do bad, but then I do it anyway. My decisions, such as they are, don’t result in actions.
Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands,but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight.
Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. I’ve tried everything and nothing helps. I’m at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn’t that the real question?
Vs 25: The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. He acted to set things right in this life of contradictions where I want to serve God with all my heart and mind, but am pulled by the influence of sin to do something totally different.
You see, you are not the worst person on earth, you’re not the only one struggling with an addiction. The solution and the surgeon to whom you show your wounds his name is Jesus Christ. He’s the antidote to that habit.
Phew! It’s a relief to know that help is right before us, question is: will you accept his help? I’ve heard some people say I rather die than resolve this or fix that. Really?
Well, appearing like what you’re not, will only take time but nothing really hides.
Practical steps for surgery to take place
- Acknowledge that it is a problem: Don’t be in denial. If you can help yourself why not do it now? If it’s not an addiction why not stop it this instant? You can only offer help to someone who has a problem, do you know anyone who’s good at hiding secrets? Or someone who parades like who they’re not? They can’t be helped unless they acknowledge that they have an issue. (1 John 1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.)
- Confess to your surgeon: If you’re still with me to this point that means you’ve acknowledged that this is indeed a problem that needs to be fixed. Now talk to your surgeon, Yes talk to Jesus, show him your wounds, show him where it hurts. Lemme show you how I reveal my wounds to him: Lord, you see me, you know me, I’m hurting… I’m having a hard time forgiving him, he hurt my feelings or Lord, her words hurt me, or I can’t seem to stop myself from doing this, please help me…
You can come the way you are, show him how you feel. No one understands you better than he does… (1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.) Sometimes it takes days, weeks or months before a surgery completely heals, but it definitely heals. Talking to Jesus about it and letting his light to flood that weakness, makes you rejuvenated.
Romans 8:1-2 With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.
- You have a friend who loves you.
- You have a father who cares deeply for you.
- You have a comforter who is always there to help you. His name is the Holy Spirit. He’s the promise of Jesus to you.
He takes you on the path of an inexhaustible journey to discovering Christ in You.
Receive him today…
Lord Jesus, I confess that I am a sinner. I believe that you came to the world and you died for me. I accept you this this day to be my lawfully wedded husband, my Lord and personal savior, cleanse my heart from all unrighteousness. In Jesus name, Amen.
Congratulations, you are now a born again Christian.
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