2 Words in 1
I am who I am, Jesus Set Me Free!
The truth is that most of my life has been spent immersed in shame and living in shadows.
Most of my life has been invested in creating a “front stage persona,” even as I was hiding in the backstage. Yet what was is no longer.
The chains that I placed on my heart, Jesus broke. No longer am I relegated to playacting my way through life. No longer am I a captive to people’s thoughts of me. I am who I am and it is because of Jesus that I am free.
Writing and later producing to video “The Shame Game,” required a meld of past and present realities. The truth is that I never feel like I’m more than a few steps from the pit Jesus rescued me from.
I used to fear slipping and falling back in. Now I see this as a blessing. The memories are fresh so that when I meet others who are still captives in this place, I can empathize.
The reality of my past remains evident because it keeps me from becoming too proud and falsely thinking that “I” did anything.
I did nothing. I deserved death and I was well on my way down the path leading to it. Jesus rescued me and He can rescue you too.
No matter where you are on your spiritual journey with Christ, you need to take time to watch this video and share it with others. Perhaps it will be just to revel in the miracles Jesus has done in your own life.
Perhaps it will be because these were just the words you needed to hear today. Either way, know that you are not alone. You are not the first person to have experienced this pit and you will not be the last to have been freed from it.
Please… Watch This and Share and Pass It on!
You have permission to use what I have written or to share your own heart… or nothing at all for that matter. The important thing is that people are exposed to this and have a chance to see the truth about shame… and the game so many are playing.
God bless you! Shame is exposed and you do not need to be a victim to it anymore!
Great Rewards for Persistent Faith!
This morning I shared a faith application as seen in the account of the defeat of Jericho.
I have my own, albeit small, faith application I want to share. As you probably notice in this video, the skies are fairly overcast. What you don’t see is what was happening 45 minutes before.
As dark storm clouds rolled in so did the thunder. I was next in line to get into the harness and begin the quarter mile walk up the mountain when the staff announced that the zip line was closed for at least 30 minutes, but it may very well not open again for the rest of the day.
Undaunted I declared that the zip line would reopen and when it did I would be right there. Stefan decided to join me in my position of faith and so we sat down and got lost in conversation as we shared testimony about what God has done in our lives.
Periodically we heard additional thunder to which we agreed aloud, “Jesus, calm the storm!”
Our chat was abruptly interrupted by the words we were waiting to hear, “You guys want to go?” They didn’t have to ask us twice. We got geared up and made our trip up the mountain to the head end of the zip line.
That’s not all though. When reaching the bottom there was still no one there so the operators asked, “Want to go again?” I didn’t have to think about that! We immediately began our walk back up the mountain.
If that wasn’t enough, when we reached the bottom after our second trip, to my amazement there was still hardly anyone there. One guy was getting set up with a harness but there was no one to go with him. So I made a third trek up the mountain and was treated with yet another ride down.
It comes down to this. When the “bad report” came out regarding the closure of the zip line almost everyone walked away. Either they decided it wasn’t worth the wait or they gave up hope that it would reopen.
Stefan and I remained undaunted in our positions. We wanted to ride the zip line and we were going to hold fast in our position. As a result, not only did we get to go on the zip line, we were the only people at the retreat that were able to literally ride it to our heart’s content.
God rewards unwavering faith. The word “unlikely” in the eyes of one with faith means that there is hope and the word, “impossible” means that there is room for God to work!
Now, life isn’t all fun and zip lines but it is filled with obstacles. People tell us that it doesn’t look good and we get to decide whether we will believe that report and give up or press through in faith.
So when you face your obstacle what’s it going to be? Will you walk away and share your story about how you almost made it or will you hold fast? When it comes to faith there is great reward for the persistent.
~ Mitch Salmon