Neither can you, nor should you, forget yesterday. There are many lessons in your past which have served to help in equipping you for the future.
Yet while you cannot forget the past you must stop using it to define what I can and cannot do in your life. Yes, your mistakes are many but they cannot exceed the abundance of My grace.
You have used your past to define you. Sometimes you hide it because you believe that if others knew they would write you off as being incapable of being My vessel and My mouthpiece. Some of them will but I have exalted you above the opinions of man. They do not know you as I do. They do not understand your identity or your calling. I do.
For it is I formed you in your mother’s womb and it is I who have placed upon you your calling, your purpose and your destiny.
So who defines your destiny? Is it them? Is it you? Or is it Me?
I tell you the truth. I can take the worst of the worst and transform them into the image of My Son. So then what can I do with you?
I AM giving you the message of the Gospel. You will understand it in ways you have never thought possible. That is not all. I AM anointing you to present it, even to those they say are unreachable.
This will not just be a presentation of words but a demonstration of power. It is important that as these things manifest you do not become attached to them. Your worth is not defined by what I do through you. It is defined by who you are in My Son. In Him you cannot be valued because you are priceless to Me.
You have held onto the thought that your testimony is not good enough, it is not pure enough, it does not follow the kind of clean break between the old and the new that you would like to see. You have placed definitions to My words and how this should be done.
The problem is that these are not My definitions. Who are you to define what I do and how I do it? Who are you to say, “It must be just so”? Need I point out the cast of characters in My Word and the way they fell before AND after coming to faith in Me?
Do not misunderstand, I do not approve of your choices to violate My Word but it is I who restores repentant hearts with the kind of love that is greater than the sum total of your failures. This is the restoration I have given you.
Did the father ask his once prodigal son where he had been and what he had done when he had gone astray? No, he did not. But why? Because where his son had been and what he had done was inconsequential in the face of his decision to repent and return home.
The first thing is for you to receive this word unto yourself. However, it does not end there. What you have received you must be willing to extend to others.
For what is available and has been given unto you is also available to all repentant prodigals. I AM no respecter of persons. All who approach Me in humility and brokenness will receive My tender mercies and My restoration power. A bruised reed I will not crush.
As such I do not look to the “who” so much as the “what.” “What is the disposition of your heart?”
What you have received from Me you must also acknowledge in others. Love them as I love them. Forgive them as I have forgiven you. In this My love is made complete. I have transformed your relationship with Me through the power of love and with that same power I wish to transform the relationships between those within My Body.
It is My desire that My Body would be one in the spirit of My love. To those who seek I will give transformative wisdom. No longer will you look primarily through your own eyes.
Rather, I will give you Mine. When you see as I see you will be better equipped to love as I love. Until such time, receive this word in faith and begin to act on it. Receive it unto yourself. Extend it unto others. This is My calling unto you. It is My calling unto this community.
This is the basis for transparency and vulnerability. You must love one another as I love you.
~ Mitch Salmon