What names do you call yourself?
Who started calling you these names?
Where did you hear it?
When did you begin believing it?
I wonder how many more names we could have come up with; lazy, rejected, gay, retard, Jerk, hypocrite, goody two shoes, spiteful, addict, overachiever, gossiper, bible thumper, slut, hor, pig, pervert, hater, drunk, alcoholic... as well as many others.
The question was presented, What if we really are these things? My answer is. What if we are?
That's the reason for Christ. He makes all things new....
Friends, there's no benefit that I know of for me to sit here and try to share Christ and Christ-like life with you, other than to provide you a better life for yourself, and your families. The beautiful thing about Christ, is that all the names you know yourself by, can be erased and you can start fresh. Another beautiful thing is that you never have to wait for an open enrollment period to decide, or a check in date at the treatment center. Jesus is available right now, right where you are to wipe clean the mistakes you've made, and you have an opportunity to start new.
What if I mess up and fall back into old ways Ang?
Guess what, it's common, you pick yourself back up and you do it again, every day is new, every moment is new, there is no time frame, or no length of sinning, that can change that. You all have the same opportunity no matter what life you used to live. You can start new.
And...there is no condemnation in Christ!
All those names that you call yourself or others call you...are names that people everywhere need to be healed from, and there is a one stop shop to take care of every one. Every name shall bow down to Jesus. He is the sin destroyer, the Warrior, the Savior and He does it with ease, even if we struggle.
God calls you, CHOSEN, FORGIVEN, HOLY, ACCEPTED, LOVED. He is telling you all the time...He is speaking to your heart all the time. God is never silent. He left us His words, his love letters, when we can't hear him with our ears, we can seek him out at any time, any moment, anywhere.