Day 6: Choosing Truth Over Lies

Lie: I’ll never get past the past.

Truth: I am holy, redeemed, and restored because I’m God’s child!

Scripture: Ephesians 1:4-7 NIV
“He chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.”

Today Nancy Silvers shares honestly about a painfilled past. She shares so others can break free:

We all have a past. Some are messier than others, but here is the good news…God is the Master at restoration. When we bring him our mess, He welcomes it and offers His redemption and restoration.
I failed at protecting my daughter
My daughter hasn’t spoken to me in over 8 years because of the above
I manipulated men with sex
I was a drug addict I was an alcoholic
I have been divorced two times
I committed adultery
I have been abused emotionally, physically and sexually
I needed to shine attention on myself
I needed to be right at any expense
and so on…..

These are the things the enemy whispered, loudly, in my ear, to keep me in chains, to keep me from fellowshipping with other believers, from building relationships with other women. Those events from my past don’t define me, Jesus does.
Ephesians 1:7 shouts, ” In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, I am holy, redeemed, and restored because I’m God’s Child.”
This gray haired lady has been to hell and back and if I don’t testify of the miracles God has done in and with my past how will others know?

Our dark secrets are what the enemy uses against us.

The enemy will whisper lies in their ears: She’s never been where I have. She won’t understand the pull of addiction. She does so well with children, she’ll think I am a horrible mother. She has a wonder husband- she won’t understand why I stay with an abuser.

Sharing my testimony reminds me what the enemy meant for evil God means for good, the saving of many lives (Genesis 50:20). Getting past my past not only frees me, but many others get set free too. God has taken my past mess and given me a message that others need to hear in order to discover the saving grace of Christ Jesus.

Prayer/Further Study
Lord,
You are our good Father! There you are, with open arms, ready to embrace us as we are. You offer grace, forgiveness, restoration, and redemption. Thank you. Help us trust that there is nothing in our past that Jesus didn’t die for. His sacrifice on the cross was to free us of all our sins. We are all sinners, saved by grace. Help us be bold in sharing with others what you have done for us and will willingly do for everyone.
Amen

Read John 4:1-42. It may be a familiar story so ask God to help you read it with fresh eyes. How does the Samaritan women respond to Jesus’ question in verse 17? How does Jesus meet her honest answer?
Reread John 4:39-42. After the women testifies what is the result?
Is your trust growing? If you are here and you want deeper trust, wave in the comments. When we see you proclaim, “I’m God’s child”, we will pray for you right in the comments.