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To hurting people:

August 3, 2009

Maybe it’s Satan attacking our church right now but I’ve spoken to at least a dozen hurting, depressed, or discouraged people in the last couple weeks.  For some reason my heart was especially breaking for these people while I was praying for The Bridge today.  I needed to say this to you today – don’t let anything but The Cross shape your emotions.

To everyone who feels…

  • depressed – as if there’s no hope for you or your situation
  • hurt because of someone exploiting your weaknesses publicly
  • overwhelmed by guilt because your sin
  • burdened by the shame of failure
  • bitter because of something that was taken from you
  • unloved because it doesn’t seem like anyone cares about you
  • stressed because it feels like you have more than you can handle

To everyone that I’ve talked to and everyone I haven’t – LET THE CROSS SHAPE YOUR EMOTIONS TODAY.  Be healed and set free by meditating on the cross today and fall more in love with Jesus.

The Cross says to you today…

  • Not only is there hope, but HOPE HAS ALREADY WON AND WINS IN THE END – Jesus conquered sin, Satan, and death at the cross and will return as a Sovereign Warrior King to “strengthen, confirm, and establish you” in his Forever Kingdom.
  • God has already seen your weaknesses – more than you ever will – and STILL suffered great violence at the cross to make you his daughter or son.
  • You no longer stand guilty because of Jesus’ atoning death – you are spotless before God.
  • There is nothing to be ashamed of anymore.  When God looks at you he sees the righteousness of his perfect Son.
  • Not only are you loved, but you are so loved that God died to rescue you.
  • You are not going to drown in your to-do list, finances, or relational problems because The Cross made God’s love for you inseparable by anything ever.

Let The Cross shape your emotions today instead of your to-do list, that hurtful thing someone said two weeks ago, your sin, your finances, your relationships, or your health.  Let Jesus be your counselor today.  (He’s supposed to be “wonderful” one… wow… cheesy pun of the day)

Who says ministry can’t happen on a blog!?  Bridgers, chime in!  We have hurting people reading today.  What would you say to them?

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Kelly Perkins permalink
    August 4, 2009 6:55 am

    Im not a Bridger obviously.. but to those hurting people out there id say by experience God iSalways the best person to turn to when your hurt ..he has never failed me and will never fail anyone else. Everything that hurting people are going through ..in the end God uses it for his glory ..he has a plan for all of us even if it includes suffering and hurting because each thing we go through can be use to help someone else! HE LOVES US FAR BEYOND WHAT WE COULD EVER IMAGINE AND THERE IS ALWAYS JOY WHEN IT’S ALL OVER. iF YOU EVER FEEL UNLOVED AND LIKE NO ONE CARES ..YOUR LYING TO YOURSELF BECAUSE GOD DOES CARE AND LOVE THE HURTING
    “for the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.” -JOHN 16:27

    IN CONCLUSION THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE THROUGH CHRIST AND GODS WORD!

  2. Cindy permalink
    August 4, 2009 9:15 am

    My heart feels for anyone hurting today. So many things in this world can cause us to be distracted from happiness and can steal our joy- “been there, done that” !!! I have learned from experience that when something is bringing me down, sometimes from my own doing and sometimes things outside of myself, Satan intends it as an attack and most of all tries to us it to:
    1. Destract me from God’s love and purpose in my life.
    2. Rob me of joy/peace/love
    3. Make me miserable and will use anything to get me that way.
    4. Make me ineffective for God.

    He simply wants to destroy me.
    I have realized that I have to be on alert to his destruction, rebuking him in the precious name of Jesus.

    We can make it much tougher for him by staying ever so close to God. Sounds simple, but if we want to have peace and joy in our lives, we have to stay in God’s word and in prayer daily. Everytime in my life I get off track or feel the heavy weight of burdens, I can attribute lack of time in these areas to my inability to cope.

    Keeping my focus, my eyes on Jesus daily, makes a huge difference in my life. I wish I could shout from the mountain tops how realizing this one thing has changed my life so dramatically.
    Just have hope people; I am praying for you. It is a fight sometimes, but be strong, keep your focus, pray to God for intervention in the issues that weigh you down. He cares about every detail of your life. He is THE ONE who can make a difference in your circumstances. God bless you so much today!!
    Love, Cindy

  3. shelley permalink
    August 4, 2009 11:08 am

    Worship songs often help to keep or correct my focus. This song has ministered to me so so many times:
    http://listen.grooveshark.com/#/song/Lay_It_Down/8923000

    Satan will use anything and everything to rob us from our freedom in Christ & keep us from peace. But God’s heart towards us is found in the “priestly blessing” from Numbers 6:24-26, and it hasn’t changed in thousands of years!

  4. Heather Perkins permalink
    August 4, 2009 2:43 pm

    I know I have been told these things many times but they never meant anything to me until I gained a strong relationship with Christ. The only way to fix things and heal any kind of hurt is to let Him fix it, give it to Him, and walk with Him. Like you said, let the cross shape your emotions because it really is life changing. Romans 12 really helps me. (I remember you asked us to memorize that and I recited most of it to Jana.) Because it says “Do not conform to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The verse never gets old because as Christians we all have something that needs work. This blog post is a good reminder and great encouragement. Thank you for posting this Josh. I can see God using you, Jana, and your church 🙂

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