HOW TO OVERCOME A SHATTERED PAST

HOW TO OVERCOME A SHATTERED PAST

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Broken Eye GlassWe tend to see God through our shattered perspective, and that’s a big problem. With a severely damaged self-image, we generally have a broken God-image too. In fact, let’s be honest; some of us believe God is great and all-powerful, but we can’t imagine Him doing anything astonishing through our lives. We sing worship songs about His awesomeness, but we believe God is limited in what He can do with screw-ups like us.

A huge part of the dilemma is that we like to create gods in our own image. We make gods out of the rich and famous. We elevate leaders (including politicians and pastors) to god-like status. We put them on a pedestal somewhere prominent in our lives, but in the end it’s a puny little god we’ve made to worship rather than Almighty God. Here’s the problem: If our God is too tiny or too human (like us), then our faith and confidence in Him will be too small.

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Deep down we want to believe that God can do anything, but we’re pretty sure He has limits when it comes to us. Time or space might not constrain God, but a craftsman is only as good as the material he has to work with, right? And we know what we are.

            More mud than marble.

            More sandstone than diamond.

            More broken than whole.

I’m not a big fan of self-confidence. Despite what the positive thinking gurus have to say, I’m not okay (and neither are you). I can sit in a lotus position for hours chanting, “I am good. I am awesome. My life force in the universe matters.” But in my gut I know I’m not that good. In fact, I’m pretty messed up at times.

So what’s the alternative to emotional self-flogging? The substitute for self-confidence is God-confidence. (Stop and read that line again.) In other words, it’s not about me. So I put my confidence and hope in God and His ability to accomplish anything through a cracked pot like me.

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            The god I’ve created in my mind has limits.

            The God of the universe does not.

            I am broken.

            He is not.

In fact, working with people who typically are relegated to the scratch-and-dent pile of life is God’s specialty.

Many of us feel we’ve gone too far and failed too miserably to ever get back on track. Even if God once had a great plan for our lives, we believe it’s too late now. But avoiding epic failure is not a prerequisite to experiencing an epic life.

Sin Epic Failure

Moses was a murderer. David was an adulterer. Rahab was a prostitute. Peter was a betrayer. Saul (aka: Paul) persecuted and imprisoned Christians. Yet each of them lived amazingly epic lives when they followed God.

We’re all in trouble if the path to adventure in Christ requires perfection. We must learn to get past what we’ve done and get beyond our glaring inadequacies. God is bigger than our foolishness.

Perhaps you often drift in your mind to some horrendous past sin you’ve committed. Possibly you’re devoured by your failure and overwhelmed by your foolishness. Maybe the misery of yesterday and the emptiness of today have stolen from you any joy or hope for a better tomorrow.

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If that’s you, please listen to these words: God knows where you’ve been, where you are, and where He will take you. He knows your past, present and future better than you do, but He sees a sunrise of hope on your horizon.

How do you overcome a shattered and sinful past?

You simply confess your sin and rest in God’s goodness and grace. You truly can be free and forgiven because of Jesus. Let go of the things you can’t change about your past, and trust God with your present and your future. He is able to redeem, restore, and renew any life that is fully surrendered to Him.

There’s a reason why they call it amazing grace.

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8 Responses to HOW TO OVERCOME A SHATTERED PAST

  1. Dear Kurt,
    I am sure, this is a message we all need to hear over and over again. We have trust issues with God and ourselves. Submission to God means we have to give Him control. We need to learn that is how we become totally free, as He created us to be. Keep preaching this great truth. We all need to know and experience this great Truth.
    Love,
    Aunt Dee

  2. Thanks…it’s a roller coaster of a ride with teenagers…& man it’s been bumpy for AWHILE….but I keep praying.. “TRYING” to do my best with my words…& it’s such a struggle.

  3. So, if “by His stripes we are healed”, and if we have the faith of the Centurion as Matthew describes which Jesus “has not seen in all of these”, and if God has answered Jesus prayer in John 17, and IF we have put our full faith and belief in Jesus as our Lord and King, then why should we be “broken”? He has healed us, and though we are human and still do things that we shouldn’t, we should have faith that He is more powerful than all of those things and we re-heal by His power. These facts should bolster our confidence, not in ourselves, but in Him, who has the power to make our lives more like His. We CANNOT put God in a box.

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