You can’t really expect someone to understand Jesus and how to have a real relationship with him if they don’t stay in the word and read the Bible. You can’t expect someone to have a deep relationship with Christ if they don’t really know him. There’s a difference between knowing and longing for Christ than hearing of Christ. A lot of young people go to church to fit into the social scene and blend into the crowd. No one really knows what each one has walked through in life, and many are so good at bandaging their past hurts and pains where no one really sees the real person underneath bandage. There’s a lot of unresolved anger and pain. They could have come from an abusive family, or from foster care, or both. Or even the death of an immediate family member.
We hear of women wearing a veil to cover their faces, but we don’t talk about the young that suffered so much pain that their spiritual being had to separate from the physical being in order not to feel the abuse. We have children walking the streets of America that have been burned and beaten by their own drug addictive parents. If they couldn’t trust their own parents, they think why should I trust someone that I’ve never seen?
They may go through burst of anger fits feeling that they’ve lost control of their lives. Some would say these kids were dealt the bad hand in life. While others would say they’re casualties of life.
But as a Bride of Christ it’s our opportunity to share with them our past hurts and pains and to let them know that they weren’t the only ones that walked down that long twisted dark road. It’s our opportunity to let God’s love shine. So they need not be afraid they will not be put to shame.
I remember as a child there were nights I was too afraid to close my eyes. Because if I went to sleep I didn’t know what would happen and when it would happen. My mind stayed on high alert. I was always in the red zone.
As I got older and my abuser left I was able to go in a calm mode. I learned what it was to go into orange than yellow and green. But until I surrendered myself to Christ I found myself back in the red zone a lot by being in unhealthy relationships. I realized that the mistakes I made in my life weren’t my fault, I wasn’t the cause. I was the effect. And just like me there are young girls walking around believing that everything bad that happens to them that they deserve it. And they’re caught back in the red zone. I’m here to tell you! There’s someone to pull you from that RED ZONE and his name is Jesus Christ.
When I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior he showed me a video of my life and the trauma that happened to me. He showed me even though I thought he wasn’t there. He was there. He saw it all. He knew that one day I would fall. But he also knew that one day I would submit everything I have to him.
When I made that decision I was finally out of the RED ZONE. I knew how to stay out of it and I was surrounded by God’s loving people. I decided then that I would finish this race of time. And this time I would win. There are still times that God reminds me of what he rescued me from. It’s to keep me humble so I don’t become too proud.
Isaiah 61: 1-3
1 The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
3 and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord
for the display of his splendor
Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. 5 For your Maker is your husband— the Lord Almighty is his name— the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer; he is called the God of all the earth. 6 The Lord will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit— a wife who married young, only to be rejected,” says your God. 7 “For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back. 8 In a surge of anger I hid my face from you for a moment, but with everlasting kindness I will have compassion on you,” says the Lord your Redeemer.
Isaiah 62:5 As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you.