To be human is to be messy. It just goes with the territory. And let’s face it, some mess washes off and some doesn’t. But that doesn’t mean we have to become victims or prisoners of our mess. We break free by finding the message inside of our mess and sharing it with others. If you haven’t read my brother’s story, pause her and read my devotion, “When Your Mess Becomes Your Message.”
Yes, you have a message.
A lesson learned.
And wisdom that someone else needs.
If you want to do something good with the mess in your life, learn from it and help someone else. The bible says it like this:
“For God causes all things to work for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose” Romans 8:28.
Your purpose and mine is to grow from our mistakes; to triumph over tragedy; to let God make something beautiful out of our brokenness.
Sounds good, but how?
First, I had to acknowledge I was the problem. For many years, I was angry. My anger not only affected my life but the lives of those around me. I prolonged healing by blaming everyone else, even God, for my anger and my unhappiness. Then, one day, I feel to my knees and prayed, “God, I’m so tired of being angry. I’ve made a mess of my life and my relationships. I’m no longer blaming everyone else for my heartache and pain. I admit I’m at fault. I’ve held on to anger way too long. Please, take away my anger and give me peace. Please fill me with your love so that I can love those you’ve placed in my life. Lord, renew my joy. Do this in me, because I can’t do it myself.”
After I prayed that honest prayer, my days grew brighter. God had heard me. He had forgiven me and there was new joy and peace in my life.
Some of you have begged God to help you stop ______________ . (you fill in the blank) but nothing has changed. If this is you, ask yourself this.
“Do I really want God to change the mess in my life? Or do I love the mess to much for real change?”
The way you answer that question is key.
There was a woman who asked her pastor to pray for her to stop smoking. To the woman’s surprise, the pastor said he wouldn’t pray for her to stop smoking. When the women asked, “why not?” The pastor replied, “When you love God and what He wants for you more than smoking, you’ll stop on your own.”
So true. Had I not really wanted God to change my heart, nothing would have happened.
Once you’re serious about allowing God to change your mess, you must learn to live daily in His Presence. My brother says nothing is more important than spending time with God. If he misses it, he becomes weak. Old habits would return. But feeding on God’s truths and drawing from His strength keeps him strong and victorious.
After we’ve learned to rely on God to change our mess, we have a message to share with others.
“God still delivers!” Oh, how your friends and family need to hear that today. Perhaps you need to hear that today.
Listen friend, it doesn’t matter how big your mess is. God is bigger! There’s nothing you can mess up that He can’t forgive, heal and restore. NOTHING! He is able to deliver you—if deliverance is what you truly seek. “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivers him out of them all” Ps. 34:19.
Oh, how I pray you believe that today. I’m praying that you do and that you find true deliverance.
Some of you are already sharing how God has turned your mess into your message! I’d love to hear your story!
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