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Desperate

Posted on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

myself___1Desperately scared he cried out for God’s help. His girlfriend was pregnant. That wasn’t the plan. This boy cried like a man.

Jesus taught that “blessed are the poor in spirit” – the spiritually poor – because those who recognize they are spiritually helpless are actually ready for good news. 1

God blesses those who realize their need for him. We’re blessed when we’re at the end of our rope.
– No excuses.
– No minimizing.
– No justifications.
A heart that honestly regrets the past, is welcomed and transformed by God.

And so he said, “Blessed are the spiritual zeros—the spiritually bankrupt, deprived and deficient, the spiritual beggars, those without a wisp of ‘religion’—when the kingdom of the heavens comes upon them.” 2

Those poor in spirit are called “blessed” by Jesus, not because they’re getting it right. Just the opposite. Aware of their deplorable condition – brokenhearted over their sins – heaven responds with a generous invitation to be forgiven by the grace of God.

The sacrifice God wants is a broken spirit. God, you will not reject a heart that is broken and sorry for sin.” 3

But this kind of change — change from the inside out — is worth the pain…It frees us to groan without complaint, to love others in spite of our emptiness, and to wait for the complete satisfaction we so desperately desire. 4

Against the odds, for the “poor in spirit” there is hope.

There Is Hope

Shame reaches into our heart and minds to distract us from the life our Creator designed us to live.

Shame does not have to have the last word.

Blessed are those who recognize they are spiritually helpless.
The kingdom of heaven belongs to them...” 5

A few years ago, Ashley Mucha, a TreeHouse alum, developed new perspective on those bad memories.

She prays. She confesses. She explains it to our Creator.

Dear Father God,

Thank you for bringing that which was what I used to think was hell, into my life. When we were talking about our life stories, what we were into, and what our life would be like if it wasn’t for the things we used to do. And now look where You’ve put us God, to grow more and more each day.

I could never thank you enough God for all that You have done… Please just keep watching over us and help us through any challenges that we may run into.

I told a teen, “When I go back to Chicago — a place where I made many decisions that I regretted — shame pops up. I have to decide how to deal with my screw-ups: denial and pretending that what I’ve done didn’t matter never really worked for me.”

The best way for me to fight back against shame is through prayer: “I’m sorry God that I _______. I wish I had done it differently. Please forgive me and help me to forgive myself. Please give me the strength to choose wisely. And, the courage to apologize to those I have hurt.”

This is mysilentscream: Against the odds, shame does not have the last word!

1 – Matthew 5:3
2 – From Dallas Willard’s book The Divine Conspiracy
3 – Psalm 51:17, NCV
4 – From Larry Crabb’s Inside Out
5 – Matthew 5:3-4, GWT

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