Just as God rested from His works on the sabbath, we have been given rest from the works of sin, self-will, and all of the damage and drama life has thrown at us. It’s time to really lay it all down at the cross.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
-2 Corinthians 5:17
Sometimes the real problems presented by the past are not its events and consequences, but rather what has happened to our perception of it, ourselves and God.
For many of us the issue at hand is not whether to move on, but rather to move out of the prisons that circumstance and the enemy have created for our minds.
It is essential that a church be more than a place for worship, fellowship, and instruction. It must also be a place that is both safe and dangerous; safe to those in need of healing and restoration, and dangerous to the wicked, a place where the wounded, destitute, and troubled can find hope, and a place where the wicked are confronted by the convicting presence and judgment of God.