Friday, June 22, 2012

Finding Your Treasure

Have you any idea how rich you are? You may not think so. You've been oppressed and beat down for so long that you don't think that there's anything good inside you. But there is! If you know Jesus, there is a light shining within you. You are a clay jar with cracks and that light will shine through the crack, peeking out and letting others see that hey, there is definitely something about that person! I know this from personal experience. 

"We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure."~ 2 Corinthians 4:7a (NLT)

You see, when God healed me of the many years of hurt, oppression, depression, anxiety, and all those things that various women have done to me my entire life, a change happened within me. Oh, I knew the Lord. I had accepted Him a year before I got married. But that's about as far as it ever went. I was saved. What more did I need to know? Apparently a LOT more! But sometimes we have to get to a certain point in our lives where we are actually READY for God to use us. And God has to get us to that certain point in our lives when the "clay" is ready for "the Master's hands." I was at that point when I went in the floor and God healed me.

When I say that I "went in the floor" I mean that I had been praying, others had been praying, and a very Godly man prayed with me, invoking the help of the Holy Spirit, and when he touched me, the Holy Spirit washed over me and my knees buckled and I literally went down to the floor. Thanks to whomever was behind me and caught me and laid me gently on the floor because I couldn't have supported myself if I had wanted to! It all sounds so unreal, doesn't it? Well, it wasn't! But my point is this: when the Holy Spirit came over me, when I prayed and received Him more fully into my life, He began to work on me and filled all those cracks in my clay jar. I have a lot of cracks in my pot too, but the Lord turned the lights on and now I'm a beautiful light, shining out to those of you who are hurting, oppressed, depressed, and have been beaten down for as long as you can remember. And I want to help you find the light switch within you and turn it on, too!

"The Lord executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed."~ Psalm 103:7

You were made for so much more than what others are telling you. So let's do a little emotional exercise. It won't hurt a bit and you'll be glad you did it. Right where you are I want you to pray and ask the Lord to remove the shackles of oppression from you. Believe in your heart that He wants to heal you. Say, "I believe it!" Then receive it. Say, "I receive it." Say, "In the name of Jesus!" If you truly mean it, He WILL heal you. He WILL remove it from you, and you WILL be healed! You don't have to fall in the floor to be healed. You can be healed right this minute. Matthew 21:22 says, "And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive." Basically, if you believe when you pray, then whatever you ask for you will receive. And let me just say that the riches He will give you will be beyond anything you can imagine! The peace, the peace of mind, the rest, actual rest for once in your life, the tension removed, and many other things that you wouldn't have dreamed could happen, will! Your clay jar will be filled with even more treasure!

I want to hear from you. If you have been oppressed by others for years, let me know. I want to pray for you. Because someone took the time with me, I want to take the time to pray for you. God CAN heal you from it. He can use you. He loves you so much and has a purpose for your life. But you have to be willing to let Him and willing to stop letting others drag you down and control you. We have no control over what others say and do. But we DO have control over what WE say and do. Let's start fresh every morning with the Lord, and allow Him to show you which way to go. He has given me a freedom and a ministry to help others. I have the "Lifeline." Would you like to grab hold of it and find your treasure?


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