Beautiful Messes! March 24, 2019

Do you ever feel like a mess? Do you ever feel helpless or hopeless? Do you ever despair? Do you ever get depressed? Then this blog is for you.

First I would like to read you the words of Hillary Scott’s song entitled “Beautiful Messes”

Song: Beautiful Messes by Hillary Scott

Are you spinning in a lie that keeps on telling you

That you’re not good enough?

When you’re looking in the mirror Do you see someone impossible to love?

Full of fragile broken pieces

We’re all rough around the edges

We ain’t perfect no

We ain’t even close

We got holes in our hearts

We got scars we don’t show

But all that baggage we

Keep on dragging around

Anytime we can start laying it down

Lay it down at the foot of the cross

Give it to the One who can carry it all

Even at our worst, to Him we ain’t lost causes

Just beautiful messes

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We’re all David’s we’re all Mary’s

We’ve been liars, thieves and everything between

But don’t forget God used the misfits just like us

To do the most amazing things

So bring your faults, your flaws, your secrets

And watch Him use those broken pieces

Cause we ain’t perfect no

We ain’t even close

We got holes in our hearts We got scars we don’t show

But all that baggage we Keep on dragging around

Anytime we can start laying it down

Lay it down at the foot of the cross

Give it to the One who can carry it all

Even at our worst, to him we ain’t lost causes

Just beautiful messes

No matter where you are right now

Let His grace come pouring down It won’t run out, it won’t run out!

We ain’t perfect no We ain’t even close

We got holes in our hearts We got scars we don’t show

But all that baggage we Keep on dragging around

Anytime we can start laying it down

Lay it down at the foot of the cross

Give it to the One who can carry it all

Even at our worst, to Him we ain’t lost causes

Oh lay it down at the foot of the cross

Give it to the One who can carry it all

Even at our worst, to Him we ain’t lost causes

Just beautiful messes Beautiful messes, Hallelujah!

After receiving the Lord Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we quickly come to know the attack of Satan, fiery darts into our mind with negative thoughts about ourselves and others. This is why the Scriptures call him “the accuser of the brothers”. Revelation 12:10-111 says “And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, Now has come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ, for the accuser of our brothers has been cast down, who accuses them before our God day and night. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they loved not their soul-life even unto death.”

Before we come to wonderful secrets in these verses, listen to how the Lord Jesus described Satan’s attack on the apostle Peter: “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has asked to have you all to sift you as wheat. But I have made petition concerning you that your faith would not fail; and you, once you have turned again, establish your brothers.” Luke 22:31-32

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In fact another verse tells us the Lord Jesus is interceding on our behalf day and night: “Hence also He is able to save to the uttermost those who come forward to God through Him, since He lives always to intercede for them.” Hebrews 7:25

Then in Romans 8:31-34 “What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Indeed, He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not also with Him freely give us all things? Who shall bring a charge against God’s chosen ones? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ Jesus who died and, rather, who was raised, who is also at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.”

Hallelujah!

So now let us come to a series of wonderful helps in dealing with feelings of being a mess, feeling helpless, hopeless, despairing and begin depressed.

First it is absolutely critical that we realize and understand the source of every negative thought is Satan himself, the father of lies. In Ephesians it says “Besides all these, having taken up the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the flaming darts of the evil one. And receive the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which Spirit is the word of God, By means of all prayer and petition, praying at every time in spirit and watching unto this in all perseverance and petition concerning all the saints,” Ephesians 6:16-18

Secondly, Satan uses everything against us. He tempts us, we succumb and then he beats us up with what a failure we are. Or he just pummels us with negative thoughts about ourselves, our failures, our defects, our inadequacies, our shortcomings, our unfaithfulness etc.

But now listen to this really, really good news: We have a Savior! And what He did and accomplished on the cross will take us eternity to fully comprehend and appreciate BUT He paid the price for all your failures, all your sin and there is only one requirement to be made whiter than snow in your daily experience and thereby be filled with fresh joy and eternal life. 1 John 1:9 says “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Hallelujah! This is God’s promise! And daily when you confess whatever the Spirit of God has touched you with, immediately you are freshly forgiven and cleansed by God completely! And in the next moment if Satan says “Oh you are just going to do it again or you don’t really meant it…” You just tell Satan “Look at the blood Satan! I am redeemed, I am forgiven and you are defeated! Be gone you toothless dog!!!” The blood of Jesus Christ has wholly made me clean!

Listen to this picture.  A little boy named Johnny is crawling on the floor toward his Dad and pulls himself up on a stool and the Father says “C’mon Johnny, you can do it, take a step toward Daddy.” And sure enough little Johnny takes his first step and then falls down. And immediately the Father comes over to Johnny and smacks him on the head and says “Don’t you ever fall again!” WELL that would be ridiculous – NO human father would do that! The human father does not look at the fall, he looks at the step! So to our Father God took care of all the falls on the cross! He just looks at the steps! How many times do you think a baby falls down before it ever walks well?! It is thousands and thousands of times. But Mom and Dad don’t get discouraged because they know as long as little

Johnny’s human life grows, little by little, day by day, one day, Johnny will walk really well and so will you!

So now we come to the next secret or great help found in the word of God. The Apostle Paul says in Romans all we have to do is SET our mind on the spirit.

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Romans 8:6 says “For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit if life and peace.” Isn’t that wonderful! Our human spirit is now indwelt by the Holy Spirit and when we set our mind on spirit in the upcoming following ways we receive life, gk. Zoe, the eternal life of God and peace!

Gone are self-doubt, anguish, depression, despair and instead we are filled with love, joy, peace, hope!!! So how do we set our mind on our mingled spirit?! The Bible gives us several excellent ways:

  1. Call on the life-giving name of Jesus! ! Corinthinans 12:3 tells us no one can say Lord Jesus! Except in the Holy Spirit. Every time you call softly, loudly, however, you are priming the divine pump of rivers of living water! At times I have called for minutes “Lord Jesus, Lord Jesus, Lord Jesus I love You! Lord Jesus. Lord Jesus thank You for loving me, etc.
  2. NEXT, Pray-read the words of the Bible! For example read with me the following verse and then pray with me:

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, Meekness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

Galatians 5:22-23

Oh thank You Lord Jesus! Thank You for the fruit of the Spirit! Thank You for love. Thank You, You are love. God is love! Hallelujah! And You love me! How? Why? I don’t fully know but Your word clearly says You love me. You love me so much! You went to the cross as if I was the only one You were dying for. You loved me that much! Lord Jesus in return I love You! I give myself to You afresh. Help me. Strengthen me. Encourage me. Do in me what I cannot do. Lord Jesus fill me with Your love! Your joy! Your peace! Praise You Lord Jesus!!!

Now, how do you feel?! I hope the rivers of living water are starting to flow afresh in you! The whole Bible is worth praying over. Read until something touches you and then use the verse or verses that touch you and turn that into your prayer to the Lord Jesus. Believe me, you will get beside yourself with joy! You will get out of your frog well. You will soar like an eagle! And you will be supplied with Jesus Christ as the all-inclusive life-giving Spirit flowing in you!

  1. Next the Lord says in Deuteronomy 32:30a “How shall one chase a thousand, / And two put then ten thousand to flight,…”

The Christian life was never meant to be lived alone. Satan is not so much afraid of us individually until we really learn how to fight spiritually in the Body always but He us terrified of the Body! So you need a couple of spiritual companions, brothers and sisters in Christ who can learn together with you to spontaneously call each other, sometimes just for a couple of minutes of prayer. Sometimes I call one of my spiritual companions and I will start in one of two ways:

  1. Do you have a few minutes to pray? Or brother I am having a rough day, can we pray? I just have 5 minutes.
  2. Or brother do you have 10 or 15 minutes for some fellowship and prayer? Try your best to always leave at least half the time for prayer. Practice short prayers allowing back and forth

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with your spiritual companion (not each with a long 4 minute prayer). Short prayers to the point allow the spirit to flow back and forth and you will fan each other into flame and catch the divine fire!!!

So in summary, whenever you are dealing with feelings of being a mess, feeling helpless, hopeless, despairing and begin depressed:

  1. Confess anything the Lord Jesus touches you with and be freshly forgiven and cleansed!
  2. Second, set your mind on the spirit by calling on the life-giving name of Jesus, the more the better and when you can, sometimes louder helps but if the environment means you need to whisper, that is ok too!
  3. Pray-read the word of God! Develop an arsenal of really good verses to commit to memory so you can just start praying even while you are driving your car “Lord Jesus strengthen me right now with power through Your Spirit into the inner man. Lord Jesus make home in all my heart!” Ephesians 3:16-17
  4. Pray with spiritual companions, text with spiritual companions, leave life-giving voicemails for your spiritual companions that they may do like-wise to you!
  5. Sing Hymns and praise Him – it makes the devil run for the hillls!!!

Please email your questions or fellowship or feedback or requests for prayer or desire to be connected to living brothers and sisters in your area for prayer to:

bill@undeniableproof.org

 

Or call 860-558-3019.