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Luke 12:6-8 – “Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; therefore, you are of more value than many sparrows.

I think one of the greatest moments in the life of any Christian is the deep realization of how incredibly they are loved by God as an individual and a person. God not only SO loved the world…. God loves you and me. We are valuable to Him and He knows us so well that He even knows the numbers of the hairs on our head.  He knows us that well and cares that deeply.

Everyone is wounded or has been wounded in some way or another.  No one goes through life unscathed. No one. All of us have been hurt in some form or fashion.   Many Christians have come to Christ. They are saved; They have even been baptized in the Holy Spirit, but they still suffer from an orphan’s heart.

In their head they know that they are a child of God, but internally, they don’t feel like they are family, and they find it difficult to safely relate to God as their Father. Somehow they still feel rejected by others because they reject certain things about themselves.

I believe God desires to heal some deep wounds to fix broken hearts, and to release you into the realization that He is your Father.

Psalm 147:3 – He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.

One of the names of the Holy Spirit is Counselor. One who heals the physical needs – is a Physician. God is the Great Physician, God knew in His infinite wisdom that we would also need inner healing, that is why He is a Wonderful Counselor. Wonderful describes who HE is but it also describes how we feel after we have encountered our supernatural Counselor. It is possible to be changed and saved but not yet healed.

A key step to healing is admitting, accepting and recognizing that we are damaged and broken. When we are able to admit how our hurts have affected our lives and our decisions it gives us a starting point to allow God to work in us.  Part of the process of healing is realizing that our wounds do not describe us or identify who we are. You and I are Children of God.  We are not what was done to us or what we did to ourselves.

There are some things that only a Father can heal. It is in family that we find our true Identity.

When the prodigal son came home. He was defeated, ruined, embarrassed, humiliated and poor. He was the guy who thought he could take on the world, and the world beat him down.  He was the guy who failed so badly that he was stealing food from the pigs.

When he came home the Father embraced him and affirmed him instead of embarrassing him. Only a Father can treat you as a son or a daughter. That is what God wants to do for you.

Romans 8:14-1514 For all who are allowing themselves to be led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading again to fear [of God’s judgment], but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons [the Spirit producing sonship] by which we [joyfully] cry, “Abba! Father!”

Abba is the Hebrew way of saying Dad.

It is the more familiar form of father. Abba is a term of affection. It is not the cuttsie way of saying daddy like a little girl. Abba can be used by both men and women – not just boys or girls. People who have a deep appreciation for the love, provision, acceptance and care they have received from a father use “Abba.” Some people have tried to trivialize this term as saying, “Daddy God”. That has always struck a nerve of immaturity in me. Abba is an intimate honorable way of saying father. Abba is something that is used by adult children that find their identity in God.

Only our Father can turn our wounds into weapons and our hurts into helps. Only our Father can help us to realize that His grace is made perfect in our weakness, and that when we are weak, then we are strong.

Romans 8:28 (AMP) – And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.

Things that were meant to hurt us and that have caused us pain will eventually be used for some good purpose.  All things work together for our good.

We really can’t say that we have been healed until we see how God can take our brokenness and make it a tool in our lives. Instead of us being under the thumb of our pain it becomes something that we put to work in our lives.

Nothing that we have experienced – nothing that we have been through – is wasted in Jesus. He makes all things work for Good.

Scars are a testimony of healing. Tender scars are a reminder that we are still healing, and a work in progress.

God desires for you to move from broken and woundedness to healing today.

I look forward to hearing all about the healing God is accomplishing in each of our lives.

 

Know that you are loved.

Pastor Marvin & Dawn

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