I mentioned a few days ago the book Lies Women Believe that I am leading my small group through. In addition to this book, I am also doing a Beth Moore Bible study called When Godly People Do Ungodly Things. This is an excellent study. She is a very gifted author and I'm thankful to God for people like her.
A few weeks ago I read something in this study that is so powerful that I want to share it with you here. But first, you must understand the purpose of the study. It's about arming yourself in the age of seduction. It's about how to handle yourself as a Christian in this day and age. The world is growing more wicked and we need to be proactive instead of reactive. Otherwise, you wind up in a world of hurt and don't know how you got there. Not unlike something my husband and I recently walked through. Here's the word picture that is so powerful:
"Dear one, if we don't let God deal with every part of our pasts, our hurts, our secrets, our errors in judgment, our mistakes, our sins, or the handicaps in our backgrounds, any one of them can be like a hibernating bear. Satan, the prowling lion, stalks the mouth of the cave, waiting for just the 'right' season. He opens his jaws and lets out a roar so ferocious that the heavens tremble. Only mortals cannot hear the lion roar. The bear stirs. The roars continue. The bear resurrects from its deathlike slumber, rises to its feet, and realizes he is ravenous. The lion hides and watches while the bear eats you alive."
Did you ever think that your past could bring about such horror? Or that your unforgiving heart towards someone could actually bring harm to you? Or that secret you don't think you can tell your husband because as long as it stays a secret it can't hurt anyone. Or even the mistake you made last week, completely unintentionally, but you didn't confess it and ask for forgiveness. How about the fact that you were abused as a child? That's not your fault, someone did that to you. You can't do anything about that, right? Wrong. We need to seek forgiveness and/or healing in all these things. Otherwise, Satan uses them to wreak havoc in our lives. And the saddest part is that we don't even realize the power we have over this stuff. God is bigger than all our sin. "The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world." 1 John 4:4 Praise God! We need to ask God to heal us and cleanse us from all this yuck. And he promises to wash us white as snow. "Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool." Isaiah 1:18