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Topic: Beginning and End (04/16/09)
TITLE: The Transformation
By stephanie erickson
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She studies herself in the mirror, staring at the scar that stretches from her jawbone to the middle of her chin and grimaces in pain as another painful memory pierces her soul. Her dark brown hair touching the middle of her back, spilling over her shoulders almost appears as if it is protectively embracing her. Once again she surrenders her past at the foot of the cross. A sigh escapes her lips as she reflects on who she was in the beginning, before she met Him. A smile of joy spreads across her face as she remembers she is not who she used to be and her royal transformation as the daughter of a King will continue until the end as her faithful King promises. NKJ Isaiah 61: 1 He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound
He shrugs his broad shoulders in sorrow and hangs his head low. The tattoos that cover his back, and arms mock, taunt him, reminding him of his sinful life. He murmurs a prayer to his one true God. Again he surrenders his past at the foot of the cross. His head begins to rise in humble confidence; he is no longer a prisoner to his past. He is no longer a weary soldier but is strengthened by God’s word, love, truth and grace. He is not who he used to be and he will continue to be transformed until his end. NKJ Isaiah 40:31 but those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.
The teenager cries and runs upstairs. The vicious words from parents once again attack the soul of the youth. Mom was a bitter alcoholic and dad when home from work (rare) was physically, verbally abusive. Life had a difficult start for the young person. Grandma’s kind words penetrate the youngster’s heart. “God delights in you, has a plan for you, He loves you!” The teen holds tightly to grandma’s words, tightly to God’s love. The beginning of the day brought pain but in the end God once again brought relief. NKJ Psalm 27:10 when my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take care of me.
The sinner groans in agony as another brutal reminder of the evil that had been done in years past. The sinner’s “cruel deeds” leaves an intoxicating stench that can only be smelled by the offender. There is no escape in sleep, dreams taunt the criminal. There is not escape in the beauty of the sunshine, the smells, sounds, memories of past sin follows close by. The sinner wonders if there is hope, forgiveness from this torment. The pastor had spoken certain words one day that tugged on the sinner’s heart. Is their forgiveness in the Lord? Can He really love me despite my sin? Can I really be made righteous? The beginning of the “bandit’s” life had been full of wrong choices; but in the end the sinner makes the best decision of all and breathes a sigh of relief as sin is confessed and forgiveness is received. NKJ1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness
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