Monday, December 3, 2007

With The Lord is FULL Redemption

Hosea 2:14-15

14 "Therefore I am now going to allure her;
I will lead her into the desert
and speak tenderly to her.

15 There I will give her back her vineyards,
and will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.
There she will sing as in the days of her youth,
as in the day she came up out of Egypt.

This blog has been such a blessing to me. I have been able to meet some wonderful women who are hungry for more of Him. I have also come in contact, through the blog and by people who surround me, with so many people who are struggling, burdened, and hurting. People like you and I who feel they have more often than not...blown it. People who feel beat up and run down.

I have been begging God for a word over something very personal to me. He heard my cry and answered me. The answer was not one that I orchestrated, but it was an answer from the Lord straight to my heart. Psalm 130 has been so incredibly powerful to me in the last year or so. It is one of those passage that resonates deep down in my bones. I have prayed for some time now that I will believe this passage in the innermost depths of my heart...the places that only God can get to.

Out of my own need I have memorized this one and asked God to write it on my heart. I want to be a minister of this passage to others as well. Giving them God's message that no matter what you have done, how far you have gone, no matter how you have felt, that if you come to God and cry out in repentance...He forgives.

When you look at other people and think that you are the only one that can't get it together that you would remember that if He kept a record of sins NO ONE could stand. You and I need to know that He can redeem ANY life from the pit.
1 Peter 1:18

18For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your forefathers,

Psalm 103:2-5

2 Praise the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits-

3 who forgives all your sins
and heals all your diseases,

4 who redeems your life from the pit
and crowns you with love and compassion,

5 who satisfies your desires with good things
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

I was thinking this morning of a visual of this kind of passage. I was thinking of a girl who was born into shame. A child abused in every way, that grows into an adult only to find herself in one black pit after another. One that thinks she deserves what she has been through and the way she has lived her whole life. She turns to men to try to find love...she even sells herself into prostitution. She bows to other gods and has such desolation in her soul. She wears a scarlet letter and feels as if everyone can see right through her. She tries so desperately to fill the nagging in her soul...and breeds all the more destruction. She feels worthless, dirty, and used. Could anyone ever love her? Could anyone really know her and not think she was trash? She wonders why she was ever even born, yet she has been to scared to end her own life. For whatever reason she has a small flicker of hope in her. She looks out from the house of prostitution where she lives and wonders if there is a way out. She longs for one to come to her. To save her. In her quiet desperation she cries out. No sooner, she sees a valiant one on a white horse (remember my visual is based in the 1800's LOL!!). This strong One, faithful and true, comes for her...He grabs her in His arms and holds her close to His chest. He leads her out of the places of darkness and into the light. There He will teach her and speak tenderly to her. She will not be healthy over night but healthy she will be. He came and bought her back. He paid for her sins in full so that she might have life to the full and that she might leave the empty life that she once had. He bestowed on her garments of praise and took away all of her shame. He would teach her to walk in fullness and He would satisfy the longings of her soul. He would be her God and she would be His daughter. She would in turn...turn back and strengthen those who were on her same hope to the nations. In Him she found forgiveness...she found FULL REDEMPTION. There would be no stone that was not turned over in her, what used to be, hard calloused soul. His love is better than life and her lips would praise Him all of her days!

Listen, I do not know who has lied to you...but God is gracious, He is not like a man, He forgives and He FULLY redeems. There is no where that you can go that He can't get to you. He loves you so and longs for you to be made whole and to lose your life in Him. Wait for Him, and believe that He can redeem your life from the pit as well. Don't listen to the lies that keep you bound. And please don't keep others down by making them feel that they can never be whole again.

Here is some new testament support of Him removing our sins from us:

Colossians 2:13-15
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. 15And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

1 Peter 2:24

24He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.

Here it is in the Amplified.

Psalm 130

A Song of Ascents.
1OUT OF the depths have I cried to You, O Lord.

2Lord, hear my voice; let Your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.

3If You, Lord, should keep account of and treat [us according to our] sins, O Lord, who could stand?

4But there is forgiveness with You [just what man needs], that You may be reverently feared and worshiped.

5I wait for the Lord, I expectantly wait, and in His word do I hope.

6I am looking and waiting for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, I say, more than watchmen for the morning.

7O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is mercy and loving-kindness, and with Him is plenteous redemption.

8And He will redeem Israel from all their iniquities.


Jessica said...

Oh wow.. I found you through a comment on Erin's blog, and this post was so powerful. Thank you for speaking the truth!! : )

Little Steps Of Faith said...

Don't you love how God responds when you take bible study:) Especially the one we are doing:)

Little Steps Of Faith said...

am i going to get your address, so i can send you stuff for Christmas?:) I made something-quite proud of it:)

Susan said...

Hey Jenny. Please head over to my blog and look for your name!

Faith @ The Great Adventure said...

I love this entry! And Psalm 130! And your heart for our awesome Redeemer. What a powerful message.

Bev Brandon said...

I have Hosea 2:14 engraved on a heart necklace---it's the verses God has so used in my life this year. Your whole post so ministered to me Jenny Hope and are verses that God has spoken to me through this past year in the midst of some pretty dark days for me. I sense such a Presence of God "among us" when I come to your posts. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for dealing with your stuff and being so in love with Him more than this world. You are wise beyond your years. You're precious! I love you, Bev

Alissa said...

Thank you for your encouraging words and prayers! I appreciate you and I am so blessed to have you as a sister-in-Christ. May God truly bless you!

BethAnne said...

Praise the Lord that none of us are beyond His grace and mercy. I have been in the pit myself and it is a terrible place to be. His love is completely beyond my comprehension, but I am so thankful for it! Good word.

Tam said...

Beautiful - Beautiful! Full of promise and full of truth! As is our God always!

Little Steps Of Faith said...

Congrats on your award girlie:)

Getting up for class office hrs...ugh, so ready for it to be OVER:)

Love ya:)