FEELING RIPPED OFF

WHEN YOUR STUFF IS STOLEN

No one likes it when things that belong to you get taken. As a matter of fact the feeling seems to go beyond fear, it is more like a brute force attack against you personally. Being the recipients of theft takes you to a place of feeling vulnerable. What an interesting response to such a “scary” situation. When someone permeates our barriers, it leaves us feeling more open to attack. So what then? How do we move forward when we feel that we haven’t just gone backward- but we have been marauded in the process?

We PRESS ON that’s how. We march forward in Christ. We learn how to sow what has been taken, and we continue to focus in on what we are entitled to in Christ, complete restoration!

2 Corinthians 4:1 MSG says ” Since God has so generously let us in on what He is doing, we’re not about to throw up our hands and walk off the job just because we run into occasional hard times. We refuse to wear masks and play games. We don’t maneuver and manipulate behind the scenes. And we don’t twist God’s Word to suit ourselves. Rather, we keep everything we do and say out in the open, the whole truth on display, so that those who want to can see and judge for themselves in the presence of God.”

Tough times, and thievery happen’s to all of us. Whether it is a thievery of possessions, emotions, or even our personal space. But God calls us to “not walk off the job”, He calls us to forgive those who persecute us and to believe He is who He says He is and that He can restore us completely.

 

Titus 3:3-8 MSG “It wasn’t long ago that we ourselves were stupid and stubborn, dupes of sin, ordered every which way by our glads, going around with a chip on our shoulder, hated and hating back. But when God, our kind and loving Savior God, stepped in, he saved us from all that. It was all his doing; we had nothing to do with it. He gave us a good bath, and we came out of it new people, washed inside and out by the Holy Spirit. Our savior Jesus poured out new life so generously. God’s gift has restored our relationship with him and given us back our lives. And there’s more to come- an eternity of life! You can count on this!

Did you notice? The Word says that we have been restored and given back our lives! Through Christ, and belief in Him we can become completely restored! Not only does He give us a statement of fact and a brand new feeling inside, He backs His actions by the promise of a fully restored life into eternity!

I pray that you will be able to let go of the suffering, and pain of loss and begin to give your “things” that have been taken up to God, and allow Him to completely restore you and your life. My prayer today is that you might realize that you have been given the greatest possession of all… Christ, Himself!

God bless you today as you remember those who have so bravely died and fought to protect our countries barriers!

 

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