Good Friday

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When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.  John‬ ‭19‬:‭30‬ NIV

After the trial.

After the judgment.

After the sentencing.

After the shame.

After the pain.

After the spiritual separation.

After the spiritual pain.

Before His final breath.

“It is finished.”

My sin paid for.

My debt paid.

My forgiveness, offered.

My redemption, complete.

My relationship with God, possible.

Before you ever began, He finished it.

 

 

It is Finished 

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. John‬ ‭19‬:‭30‬ NIV

After the trial.

After the judgement.

After the sentencing.

After the shame.

After the pain.

After the spiritual separation.

After the spiritual pain.

Before His final breath.

“It is finished.”

My sin, paid for.

My debt, paid.

My forgiveness, offered.

My redemption, complete.

My relationship with God, possible.

On this day we call Good Friday, before you ever began, he finished it.


He Will

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“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (‭Philippians‬ ‭1‬:‭6‬ NLT)”

God is worker that finishes what He starts.

He does not tire with time.

He is not dissuaded by set backs.

He does not give up in the face of rejection or shy away in the face of shame.

It is not because he feels nothing or because he is feels nothing.

God gets angry. God gets jealous. God gets hurt.

He paused in the face of unimaginable pain and asked for a way out. But there was no other way to pay for sin except for the cross.

There was no other way to redeem mankind to God except to fully pay sin’s price so he could fully offer salvation.

The same God that did not give up in the face of such great pain, will not give up on those who live steeped in sin’s shackles.

He will not leave you to your brokenness, your destructive habits, or the shackles of shame. He will work, remind, call out and challenge sin. He will give not give up on you.

He will not override free will but he will pursue you with passion nonetheless.

Where is there an instance of God’s beginning any work and leaving it incomplete? Show me for once a world abandoned and thrown aside half formed; show me a universe cast off from the Great Potter’s wheel, with the design in outline, the clay half hardened, and the form unshapely from incompleteness.”
– C. Spurgeon

It might feel like things are too broken to be fixed.

To God there is no such thing.

God Is Always At Work

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In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” (‭John‬ ‭5‬:‭17‬ NIV)

God is always at his work.

You may not see it, understand it or even discern it but he is working.

What is God’s work?

Redemption.
Restoration.
Recreation.

God is at work in your life.

Redeeming that which has been lost.

Restoring that which has stolen.

Recreating that which has destroyed.

He does not take a holiday, he does not need to take a vacation. He IS working.

Earlier in this chapter, Jesus asked the
crippled man by the pool “Do you want to be made well?” It seems like a rhetorical question, right?

A Bible commentator named David
Guzik says this,

“His question may seem rhetorical, but Jesus knew that not every sick person wants to be healed, and that some are so discouraged that they put away all hope. Jesus is dealing with a man who may have his heart withered as well as his legs.”

God wants to restore hope to your heart as well as healing to your life.

Can you begin to hope again in that part if your life that you have given up on? Can you believe that God can restore it?

Yes. Yes.

You may have given up but
God has not.
He is always at work.

The Invisible Mask

Tonight is Halloween and there will be many masks worn. Whether made of plastic, rubber or face paint, many masks will cover precious faces. How fun it is to pretend to be someone else? It is a game and for fun tonight but there are millions who are wearing the invisible mask of shame everyday of their lives. For some it has been covering their faces for so long that they don’t even notice it anymore. In fact, they put on “other” masks to cover it up: happy mask, normal mask, strong mask, independent mask. We are not born with this invisible covering of shame- it comes with sin and sin’s awful stain upon the heart. Whether it is from something that happened to you or something you did, it feels the same and feels permanent.

Every time I do an God Encounter Weekend or meet someone for a one on one session, I see it. Through staunch declarations or tearful confessions, I see it. And through the good news of the cross and God’s amazing grace, often I get to help take it off.

The shadow of shame haunts and destroys.
• The root of shame seems immovable and unchangeable.
• The fruit of shame is wrapped in self hatred, fear, and deep insecurity.

But this is the not the truth (it feels true, but it isn’t)!

This is the truth:
“I prayed to the Lord, and he answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces.” (Psalm 34:4, 5 NLT)

• The light of God dispels the darkness and chases the shadows away.
• The truth of the Cross, uproots sin’s hold and destroys it’s stain.
• The fruit of the Spirit is wrapped in love, joy, peace patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

It begins with a prayer (keep praying).

It is a promise(keep believing).

It is a process(take one step at a time and don’t give up).

It is the treasure of redemption and restoration. It is the joy of God’s heart to hear, answer and redeem His precious children. To restore to them that which has been stolen. This is His plan for you.

Shame is a whisper imbedding sin’s lies into the fabric of your heart. Salvation is a shout, a sweet song, a persevering war cry that rises within you to shake off the shadow and walk in freedom. It is the voice of your Savior welling up with uncontainable love to break the chains of shame and once and for all shatter the invisible mask.

This is my prayer for you.

“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. “ (2 Corinthians 4:6 NIV)