Monday, March 6, 2017

Let it Sink In

What do you say to someone who feels like they’ve lost it all – over the edge with no one there to break their fall?  What do you say to someone who feels so unloved, giving themselves away a little bit every day, just to be good enough?  What do you say to a hopeless soul who can’t remember her way home and everything is out of her control?  There is no valley, there is no darkness, there is no sorrow greater than the GRACE of Jesus.  There is no moment, there is no distance, there is no heartbreak He can’t take you through.  So before you think that you’re too lost to save - remember there is nothing greater than GRACE.” (Point of Grace)

 “I actually just had an abortion...” She said as her boyfriend drove her out of PP Friday morning.  I was standing by the exit praying and as they stopped before driving out of the lot - I made eye-contact with the girl and mustered a smile.  She looked at me, looked down at my sign, and then with a chuckle rolled down her window and spoke those words. The excruciating reality of abortion hit me that moment.  I couldn’t bear it.  I tried to hold back the tears, but they started flowing as I grieved for that young woman who could not grieve yet. The thought of that precious little one whose voice will never be heard….the reality of knowing that the devil will come back to condemn and to haunt that young girl… the young man who will never get the chance to meet his precious son or daughter… it all hit me as I nearly choked – trying to swallow past the knot that had formed in my throat.  A thought ran through my mind – just don’t think about it, and you’ll get through this.”  A comfort it was for all of 2 seconds before I felt anger rise up within me – NO! We DO need to think about this! Let it sink in - as painful and difficult as it is.  I’ve been apathetic WAY too long—the church has been apathetic WAY too long.  May the excruciating reality of abortion spur us on to continue fighting the spiritual battles and interceding for those precious little ones whose voices will never be heard. “Let’s persevere in the storm, praying for the chance to bring truth, hope and help to any woman impacted by the tragedy of abortion . . . hoping to help some to become their baby’s heroic defender, for life!”  (Ted Bowes)

Pray for that young woman (and millions more) who was deceived into making what seemed like an easy and convenient choice at the time. Satan is not only the tempter but the accuser as well. First He encourages the sin, then He turns around to shame the sinner.  He mixes lies with truth to maneuver us into thinking that abortion is actually a good thing – in some cases, even a responsible thing. But the moment the abortion is over he condemns, he embitters and he shames.  He is after all “a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8) I know her time of grieving will come. Grieve for her… for a broken and contrite spirit is the sacrifice God desires.  (Psalm 51:17)  Pray that the witness of God’s mercy and grace that she saw in us – the very day she had an abortion – will stay with her in the next days, weeks and years of her life.  Pray that she will one day accept the GRACE that is greater than all sin, condemnation and pain. Our heavenly Father has already defeated the powers of sin and death – there is therefore now NO condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus!
I look forward to witnessing and experiencing the power of our almighty God and Savior as He hears and answers our prayers in this coming week! Stand fast my fellow soldiers – “may our battle cry be “love” as we reach out to those in darkness!” (Keith Getty – Oh Church Arise)

 “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.  Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.  Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (Romans 12:9-12)

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