Written April 10, 2018
By Deborah Negron
Learning, growing, seeking and desiring more of your presence Lord. More of what you have for my life.
Too often we fear crisis. Pain is never welcomed. But interestingly every triumph to be had requires a process of effort, strain, chaos and pain. Discomfort usually comes in this process of change.
In growth, the experience is called growing pains. In birthing, the term is labor pains.
In education, it’s that testing period, the assessment of what has been retained and learned. In wages, the period of laboring for the wage. The process of parenting is difficult, stressful and time consuming. The relationship.built is one of great value, the more time and commitmenr one invests in it.
The time of trialning and testing is never pleasant. Coming out of a decision that has to be made to seek one’s peace is painful as well.
The crisis cries out for action. The conditions are demanding change. This is hard and often frightening. But the value of confronting the issues are most beneficial.
Lord help us face the things Life confronts us with, with wisdom. Give us the understanding necessary to move and to act in a way that will bring you honor and glory. Let us stand for truth even when it imposes on our comfort zone.
To be transparent is better than having to live with hidden distress. Lord I choose to admit my weakness. I choose to acknowledge my shortcomings. I have often failed at being open for fear of being rejected or shunned.
But Lord let me be brave and stand tallest on my knees.
A wise friend made a very powerful statement. He stated, that he learned to be transparent…
“To be transparent is better because God already knows everything. In this way the enemy has nothing to use against me.”
The Bible talks about being blameless…
In Philippians 2:15 it says,
that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,
This is not to say that we have never failed,
But rather because we come to Christ Jesus we are justified by his sacrifice and atonement for sin. We are the sanctified by the blood and given newness of life through the death and Resurrection of the Lord. So then, none of our sin is accounted to us. We are made clean and blameless before God.
For this same reason we can say what
Romans 8:1-2 states,
“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.”
So whatever we may have done, every failure, every poor decision, every sin committed, is now under the cleansing blood of Christ. Sin has no dominion over those who have chosen Christ Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
So go ahead, choose Him and be free. Be transparent. It is then that His light will shine through you and me.