What is Your Sacrifice?

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What is Your Sacrifice?

The Bible tell us that the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit.  God won’t reject those who come with a broken and contrite heart.  Ps. 51:17  What pain do you have?  What brokenness do you carry within?  What of your past?  Are there things there that you absolutely despise?

Father desires that we lay it down at His feet, as a sacrifice to Him.  What you sacrifice to Him is something that no other person can give Him.  It’s yours alone.  Only YOU can give Him your brokenness, your pain, your past.  That makes it a very unique sacrifice.  And God says that He won’t despise that sacrifice from us.

He promises in Is. 61:2-3 that He will comfort those who are mourning, giving them beauty for their ashes.  He will grace you with a garment of praise instead of the heaviness which leaves you weary and worn.  Will it cost you to give this sacrifice to Him?  Oh yes!  It will cost you greatly, but think of the sacrifice which Jesus gave: His very life, and He did it for you.

Has your husband left you high and dry for one who years younger than you?  Has he left you because he claims that he couldn’t handle the stress anymore?  Have you been violated?  Jesus wants you to offer that brokenness and pain to Him.  He bore the shame of it for you, so why allow yourself to carry that heavy yoke any longer?

Were you date raped in your younger years, yet that awful experience continues to haunt you, even though you know it wasn’t your fault?  Have you been abused by one whom you trusted?  You are not responsible it.  You are not to be blamed!  You aren’t dirtied or devalued, as the devil would like to have you think.  No matter how you were treated, your perpetrator sinned against you and the Lord.

One of the hardest parts of being a victim of any similar circumstance is our response to what occurred.  We ALL have a sin nature, and Satan’s desire is to snare you through that very sin nature by getting you to cater to it.  He is a master deceiver, and he can get us so ensnared that we may find ourselves with an unconscious unwillingness to be healed from the pain of the past.  When we allow this to happen, we can be like the people in Jer. 30:12-15 who had an incurable wound, who could have no healing for their sores because their iniquity was so great.  One of those incurable wounds can start with the seed of bitterness and unforgiveness.  It grows within us, day by day.  Before we know it, we are bound in spiritual chains that will only be broken by a mighty deliverance from the Lord.

Satan can’t trap us with an opened door, but if we take on a ‘victim’s mentality,’ we put ourselves on very shaky ground, possibly opening a door for him.  Many years ago, I discovered that I had unintentionally opened a door to the enemy of my soul.  I struggled with chronic colitis for several years.  My victim’s mentality was to blame the colitis on the stress of my job.  In coming through the deliverance process, Father clearly told me one day to NEVER make that comment again.  He informed me that the colitis was not a result of the stress of my job, but rather MY reaction to the stress of my job.  That was very humbling to see that it was ME who opened the doorway to the enemy, allowing him to reek havoc with my body.  I didn’t intend to open the door for Satan, but the Lord showed me where I had willingly done so through that root of bitterness.  What an awful path it led me on, and it lasted for years.  It was so bad that I was on three different kinds of medicine, two of which were pain killers.  I even had to take the heating pad to work with me several times a week, just because the pain in my abdomen was so great, not to mention the many visits to the doctor, having an upper GI done, as well as a colonoscopy.  As a newlywed, I found that chronic colitis was also interrupting the intimate side of my marriage.

You see, our ‘natural’ response when we have been victimized may be to blame others, to feel that we need to be in control of everything, and at all costs.  But notice that I used the word ‘natural.’  As Christians, we are not to be following after that ‘natural’ man anymore.  Rom. 12:1-2 tells us that we are to offer our bodies as a living sacrifice (sacrificing all of those past hurts), to God.  We aren’t to be conforming to this world anymore (meaning that we quit playing the blame-game.)  God desires to be a restorer to us when we have been victimized and abused.  But when we spend so much time and precious energy on blaming others and being so overly self-focused, we are blocking the restoration that God desires to bring.

Father, help me to search my heart to see if there is more brokenness there that You desire for me to offer to You.  Help me to discover where there might be more shame, so that I can offer it to You, allowing You to carry that burden for me, allowing me to find that Your yoke is easy and Your burden is light.  Amen.
© 2003, Stacy R Miller

The Sacrifice, Part 2

In continuing our study on our sacrifices, I want to ask:  Were you abused?  Jesus bore your grief from that abuse.  Are you sorrowing over a betrayal from the one who vowed before God to be faithful to you?  Jesus carried that sorrow for you.  Do you still feel like you will never get over the pain or betrayal?  With God ALL things are possible.  Mt. 19:26  In all of your weakness, His strength is made perfect.  II Cor. 12:9  Do you still carry guilt over losing your virginity before marriage?  Is. 53 tells us that He was pierced for that transgression.  For all of those sins which try to nag at your, pulling you two steps backward for every single step forward, Jesus was crushed for them ALL!  Do you hear me, dear sister?  I said that Jesus was crushed for them ALL!  He took the chastisement for our peace, and by His stripes, we are healed and restored.  No amount of guilt, shame, remorse, or blaming will fix it.  It is a finished work.  So if you are struggling in this area, I pray that God will enable you to be still and know that He is GOD! Ps. 46:10

If you still feel so dirty, like God couldn’t possibly love you, let the words from Zeph. 3:17-18 encourage you.  God takes great delight in you, and He is mighty to save you.  He longs to quiet you with His love, and He wants you to know that He rejoices over you with singing.  Yes, sister, it doesn’t matter what your past holds, He loves you.  He even tells us in Is. 41:9-10 that He hasn’t rejected us, but chosen us!  So don’t fear Him.  He is here to help, to heal, to hold you.  In Is. 57:18, He tells us that He will heal us and guide us, and that He will restore comfort to us.

My sister, don’t think that I’m trying to downplay the pain which you may be carrying.  I am not going to negate that your life may be wracked with torment from things of the past.  Your life may still be in shambles because of someone else’s sin against you.  I write this to you so that you don’t allow your soul to become entwined in shackles.

I will never forget reading about Lisa Beamer, whose husband was on United Airlines flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001.  She knows that it was someone else’s sin who took her husband from her.  It was because of someone else’s sin that her daughter will never know her daddy.  Lisa could have blamed the government, but instead, she has been a great example of one who has a confident assurance that her life is in God’s hands. She is confident that even her husband’s life was securely in God’s hands, even in the face of evil, just moments before he was transferred from earth to glory.

Know that your life is in God’s hands as well.  He has not forgotten you, nor forsaken you.  He died for all of the pain and grief that you currently carry.  He is waiting patiently, lovingly, for you to hand those over to Him, giving Him your sacrifice — a sacrifice that no one else can possibly give Him.  He wants to give you that garment of praise for your current spirit of heaviness.  What sacrifice do you have to offer the Master today?
© 2003, Stacy R Miller

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