“Rachel, you are a liar. You have nothing of value to say. You are sexually immoral. All you bring is shame. You can never be loved. Everything you touch breaks. You are broken.”
This is me. Or rather, this is who I thought God called me to be. Not knowing that these were words from the devil to keep me in bondage; to keep me masked and from walking in my purpose. You may be thinking, “Sis, did you really battle with these thoughts? You are always laughing and smiling. This can’t be!”
Well, for the longest time this was my truth. I believed that the things that happened to me in my past were God’s way of punishing me. I suppressed these thoughts for so long that when I did become saved, I found myself backsliding and sinning.
I was that fig tree, full of leaves but bearing no fruit; the appearance of a Christian on fire for God, but I wasn’t maturing in my walk. I couldn’t see beyond my circumstances. there was lust and deeply rooted unforgiveness in my heart that I did not want to see. So I continued to fold into a cocoon of loneliness only to be consoled by the lies of this world.
“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” Ephesians 5:11 (ESV)
I realized that to truly experience freedom, I had to rip off the bandages and expose my wounds. I was reluctant to fully let God in, but I soon realized that God reveals things if you open up to Him.
It seemed as though my wounds became deeper and deeper with no escape in sight. And it may seem like that for you too, however, He DOES provide an escape if you lay your issues at His feet and leave them there.
I found myself stumbling upon scriptures and sermons that casted away every single feeling of doubt and hatred I had stored up in my heart. When I thought God was done, He continued to place impactful people in my life who held me accountable, kept me grounded, and reassured the importance of having God’s hand over every aspect of my life. In my quiet moments, God taught me that my past did not define me; it made me a relatable witness for those searching for His truth.
“And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” 2 Corinthians 3:18 (ESV)
The scales from my heart have been removed. I can now bask in the glory of Christ without having to be ashamed or question who I am. I AM a reflection of God. God is continually showing me who I am by washing me with His words; Words of affirmation, love, and destiny.
“Rachel, you are beautiful. You are whole. You are not alone and will never be alone. Your voice is valuable. Your words and actions bring healing to others. You are the testament of a conqueror, so invest in the trees around you.”
So I urge you to cast every single care you have on Him. Do not listen to a single lie that this crooked world tries to throw at you. Do not allow anyone to speak words over your life that contradict the words that Christ unceasingly breathes over your heart. Truly invite God in and He will unveil your hidden beauty.
Won’t He do it! The Lord is so amazing and wonderful. His grace transforms our lives. Thank you, Rachel for reminding us of God’s unwavering love. Thank you for reminding us that He is near to the brokenhearted and that He provides healing when we open up to Him. You are a gem, and I pray that you continue to blossom into your destiny.
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