WHOEVER HAS MY COMMANDS AND OBEYS THEM, HE IS THE ONE WHO LOVES ME
Know that to love Jesus is to obey Him. One way to obey Jesus is NOT to surrender to your childhood pain…but to surrender your childhood pain to Him.
‘BECAUSE HE LOVES ME,’ SAYS THE LORD, ‘I WILL RESCUE HIM; I WILL PROTECT HIM, FOR HE ACKNOWLEDGES MY NAME. HE WILL CALL UPON ME, AND I WILL ANSWER HIM; I WILL BE WITH HIM IN TROUBLE, I WILL DELIVER HIM AND HONOR HIM’
Do you sometimes feel like a little six-year-old orphan: someone who is in the way…someone who is lost…someone who does not belong?
Do you sometimes feel like a shameful little eight-your-old criminal: someone who is evil from the inside out…someone who is irredeemable…someone who is not going to make it?
Do you sometimes feel like a twelve-year-old outcast: someone who is just a worthless bum…someone who is not accepted as part of the in-crowd…someone who does not matter?
I bless you to bring the little abandoned orphan, who still lives in your heart, to the Lord Jesus. Allow Him to heal the abandonment, fix the neediness, and get rid of the loneliness. Because you love the Lord Jesus, He will rescue you from the childhood conclusions that have been keeping you captive. I encourage you to introduce the shameful little eight-year-old criminal to the Lord Jesus, your Savior. Allow Him to redeem it…forever. When you call upon Him, He will answer you. I urge you to bring the twelve-year-old outcast, who still hides in your heart, to the Lord Jesus. Invite Him to heal the rejection, fix the unworthiness, and remove the depravity. He will protect you from the control of the father-of-lies, because you acknowledge His Name.
JESUS SAID, ‘IF YOU HOLD TO MY TEACHING, YOU ARE REALLY MY DISCIPLES. THEN YOU WILL KNOW THE TRUTH, AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE’
(John 8:31, 32).
What six-year old pain is still stuck in your heart? What eight-year-old conclusions still dwell in your spirit? Which twelve-year old interpretations still inhabit your mind?
Do not avoid the burden. Do not deny the problem. Do not simply endure the emotions. Embrace the little child in you…and expose it to Jesus. He will exchange it for a mature adult.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I expose the child in my heart to You. Rescue me from the false childhood conclusions. Protect me from the evil one. Deliver me from the past.
Maintain an Awareness
Many of these untrue childhood conclusions grouped together to raise a spirit of defilement in us—the OLD MAN mentality that duped us into thinking we were doomed and damned, for life.