Sunday, March 17, 2013

Erase the tape...

An excerpt from Beth Moore's: To Live Christ Day By Day

"By itself, all the conscience can do with a guilty person is condemn. But the Holy Spirit who resides in us supplies abundant power not only to recognize the right thing, but to do it.

Take a good look at the cross of Christ. Really take a good mental look at it. Was Christ death on the cross enough to cover your sin? Was it enough to take away your guilt? Yes! He gave everything He had for everything we've said, done, or thought. (Yesterday-Today-Tomorrow)

Then picture yourself at the foot of the cross; close enough to have your heart cleansed by His redemptive blood. No sin is too grievous. No load is too heavy for Christ to carry. Walk away free, and leave behind with God that old condemning tape you've been playing over and over on you're mental recorder."

I read the above excerpt yesterday and cried aloud...again.
WOW did I have some heavy baggage and a lot of old tapes that kept on repeating themselves.  I could not shake the voices in my head.  It was years and years of negative messages from myself and others.

People will condemn us...and sadly enough...we do condemn ourselves; over and over again.  But with the Love of Christ, there is no condemnation. 

It took me quite some time to realize that the "thoughts" I thought about myself were just that..."my" thoughts.  The more and more I read His word, the more and more, I began to believe what He said about me and less and less about what I perceived about myself.  And once it finally sunk in...the negative remarks from others bothered me less and less.

Being free inside my mind was like having the Sumo Wrestler finally getting off my back and allowing me to stand straight up.  I'm actually a lot taller than I thought. Lol


Mizrepresent said...

I love this sis! Yes, you are a standing giant!

A Free Spirit Butterfly said...

Thank you sister!

It's true...with age comes wisdom :-)

Surrounding yourself with "like minded" people is so replinishing for the mind, body and spirit!

Love for a great week!!!

WynnSong said...

You always inspire me right where I am.......

A Free Spirit Butterfly said...

Hey Wynn,

I cannot take the credit. The Holy Spirit is continually whispering saying to me, "as i am taught, i must teach."

I don't consider myself a teacher but I am completely willing to share my trials and triumphs to prove that HE can turn a human from a caterpillar into a butterfly :-)

I'm trying to's difficult at times, but I will not give up. He didn't give up on me.

Love and Peace

Moanerplicity said...

I really, Really, REALLY hope that first paragraph is true. I want & NEED it to be true... because I'm in a prolonged period of BEING wronged, & the contemptuous person doing this wrong shows no signs of letting up or ever stopping. So... I pray that first para is TRUTH... & not just a case of wishful thinking.


A Free Spirit Butterfly said...

My dearest Lin,
It is true! You can "call" it wishful thinking, or you can "claim" it as TRUTH.

NO one will ever have that kind of power over me again. There is freedom in Christ. Anyone who has ever "wronged" me has been forgiven. I simply could no longer live in that dark place, carry nor habor the "emotional" baggage another day.

The weight of it kept me from LIVING my fullest potential. I did not dream to be a writer. I did not sleep well. I did not bask in the joys of life and I did simply not see the other person(s) or myself as wounded souls wanting to hold someone else accountable.

Satan CANNOT have dominion over our lives. His subtleties and his crafty ways of weaving his wickedness is so clever that we can oftentimes miss it and that's where HE profits and where we lose.

Take HOLD of what is rightfully yours as a SON and Man of God.

I too will PRAY with you! HE is faithful and just and will answer according to His will.

Just remember...sometimes, we may never get the "justice" due to us. But the Creator will judge everyone at the appropriate day and hour.

With love and prayers,

Moanerplicity said...

That final line is quite powerful & most probably the greater reality of this present situation I find myself embroiled in... but there is comfort in KNOWING the existence of The Creator is REAL... as is Karma.

Thank you, my Friend.


A Free Spirit Butterfly said...

Yes, His presence is VERY real and You are MOST welcome my friend!!!