Lord, You are Everything

written 2001 MP3 RA WMP

If you have sin in your life, you are going through a lot of pain. You have guilt that is hurting way down deep inside of you. You probably don't know it though. You think you are living a normal life. And you keep trying to find something that will make you happy, and it keeps getting harder and harder. You are a thrill seeker, and you cant find a big enough thrill to make you happy; except for a little while, and it keeps getting more little. You will develop more and more depressing feelings because you don't have purpose, except for trying to have fun. And you told your self that you would never say it, but fun doesn't seem fun any more.

Face it, sin hurts. Sin really hurts. If you're having trouble thinking about that, think about anything in your life that really hurts. It was a result of sin. Weather it was your sin or another's, it was a result of sin. There is so much pain in sin. I have never experienced so much grief as when I am thinking about all the shame that comes from sin. Oh the pain that I have seen caused by all these sins: anger, divorce, sexual abuse, drugs , bitterness, fear, cursing; the inferiority that comes from someone cursing you with, "you are worthless, you can not do anything, you are bad, and there is nothing you can ever do about it, you are bad, bad, bad."

Sin really hurts. But Jesus would love to take all that hurt.

That's what He died on the Cross to do. To bear all that shame for you. Jesus was covered with shame. Anything that could be done to shame Jesus was done to Him. He was born of an unwed mother. He was laid in a feeding trough, that's the best they could get. He had no place to call home, no place to lay down. And his crucifixion was the climax, He was betrayed by his own disciple. He was spat on, publically lied about and condemned to death. Beaten. In our pictures of Him on the cross, they put a little loin cloth around Him, but that's not how it was, they stripped Him. Jesus took all that hurt for us.

So if you are hurting you need to give all that hurt to Jesus. It would not make His load any harder. It's like this:

A man had a big bag on his back with all His possessions in it. He was walking down the road like Santa Clause, struggling with his bag. When along came a man on a horse and cart. The man on the cart stopped and asked the struggling man, "Would you like a ride?" He replied, "Yes." So he hopped on the cart and sat down next to the driver. But he continued holding his bag over his shoulder. After they had traveled a little ways the driver said, "Why don't you set your bag down, it would make it a lot easier for you." and the man said, "No thanks, that's alright. You are already going to enough trouble. I wouldn't want you to have to carry both me and my bag.

You can see the foolishness of that. The driver was already carrying the bag. It's just that the other man was carrying it also.

If you are saved (if not, do God's Simple Plan of Salvation), Jesus is already carrying your pain, the pain of sin. It's just that people think they have to carry it too. So give your pain to Jesus. If your pain is a result of your unconfessed sin, confess your sin. If you are experiencing pain caused by something else, tell God: "God, I give up holding on to this (name the hurt you are feeling), I give this pain to you."

1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
James 5:16a Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed.
IPeter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.

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