Monday, February 16, 2015

Double Portions

Scripture Memory Journey #4

It's time for another installment in our Scripture Memory Journey. I hope you all are finding some good Scripture to memorize and I hope you'll share them in the comments below.

I was searching for a verse for this time, and wouldn't you know that this month's came just after Valentine's Day. Plus, the day to post fell on Sunday and church was awesome! So I didn't get to my memory verse until today. But that's okay. Better late than never!

This month, I found comfort in Isaiah 61:7.
Instead of shame and dishonor, you will enjoy a double share of honor. You will possess a double portion of prosperity in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours. ~Isaiah 61:7, NLT

There are many people today who are living in shame for one reason or another. Whether we were put there by our peers, family, or someone we don't even know, shame can leave deep scars that last a lifetime. 

But God, ever faithful that He is, promises to give us a double share of honor, prosperity, and everlasting joy in place of the shame that we've lived in. We don't have to live in that state of embarrassment, shame, being uncomfortable, or even feeling like we don't belong. Because in God's eyes, we belong to Him and we are more than enough because of the blood of Jesus.

We may have been dishonored by our friends. We may have been neglected or shunned by family members. No matter what has happened to us in the past, God wants to take all of that and give us honor. He wants to prosper us, to give us more than we ever dreamed possible. He wants to give us such joy that we can't contain it.

How confused do you think that makes the enemy when those he has tried to destroy come out smiling and have more than they started with? Our lives are worth more than we ever imagined. It's not about "what's in it for me." It's about the blood of Jesus making us righteous in the sight of God. It's about Him pulling us up out of the slimy pit of neglect, depression, abuse, and all those other things that make us feel icky. 

I'm not where I am today because I did anything spectacular. Instead, I'm where I am today because Jesus did something spectacular when He went to the cross for me. But then, He also rose from the dead; for me. Oh, but that's not all! Because after He went back to heaven, He sent the Holy Spirit to guide me and help me along with my life. I may not have known or accepted that real quick, but He did it for me over two thousand years ago so that when I was ready He would be waiting for me.

Oh dear lovelies, don't you know that He's waiting for you, too? He is. He's always been there. Waiting. Waiting to give you double your portion of honor, prosperity, joy, happiness, and all the wonderful promises that He mentions in His Word.

There is no more shame for you dear one. No more. You are someone new, bought at a high price. You can exchange your shame today. All you have to do is lay it down and leave it. God will take care of the rest.


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