Before I move into today’s post I want to take a moment and let you know this is the beginning of the story.
You read that right.
This is the beginning.
I can’t wait to see all that my Savior has in store for my marriage and my family. Whatever it is it’s going to be good.
Although I will not write anymore “Part (whatever)” I will still write every Friday. You may not hear from me, you may hear from someone else who would like to share their Genesis 5020 with you.
Will that someone be you?
I hope so.
As I have been saying for weeks, we want you to share your story with the world. What has happened in your life that the enemy wanted to use to harm you but God turned around so He could be glorified?
Please share your story. Don’t hold back. Stop listening to the voice in your head that says your story doesnt’ matter, it’s not powerful enough. Your story does matter and it is powerful enough. If God did it, it’s powerful.
Send us your story at: 5020genesisstories (at)gmail(dot)com
You can remain anonymous. We can even change locations and dates if that will make you feel safer. But share your story.
Now for the beginning……
Please read the account of Lazarus here.
I am Lazarus.
I had an affair. I was ill, near death. God could have saved me at any point during my journey to the pit. But He didn’t.
In those early days I wondered why He didn’t stop me, why didn’t I get caught before I fell completely?
I believe the answer is the same for me as the answer He gave to Mary and Martha when they asked why He didn’t come and rescue Lazarus right away.
He wanted to be glorified. He wanted me to know that He saved me, not myself or my husband, but Him alone.
I picture the angels running up to Jesus when I planned my first meeting with the other man. They are panicked, breathless with worry. “Lord, Melissa, the one you love, is about to do something terrible.”
Jesus looks at them, His eyes are full of sorrow. Of course He knows what I am about to do. “I know. Let her be.”
The angels walk away but question among themselves, “What, let her be? Why?”
I fall into a physical affair. But I am not done.
The angels see I am about to make the same mistake again. They run to their Lord, “Lord, Melissa, your Beloved, she is making plans to be with the man again.”
Jesus nods, tears glisten in His eyes, “Yes, I know. Let her be.”
This time the angels ask, “But why? Why don’t we stop her?”
Jesus places a hand on the shoulder of the inquisitive angel. “She must die. We must let her die completely and utterly to herself. If we rush in and save her she will not learn anything and I will not be glorified. I have tried other ways to get her to surrender to me but she will not listen. This time she will.”
The angels walk away and they believe without question, this is the way it must happen.
I am with the man a final time and I die.
Physical death does not find me, although I wish for it to claim my life. My death would be better for everyone. I truly believed this lie.
Jesus did not allow me to die a physical death, but a death to myself.
Under the weight of my sin I am finally crushed.
Crushed beyond recognition. The identity I knew so well for thirty years had been annilalated.
Slowly my heart opens up to Jesus. I feel Him hold me and breathe life into my heart.
One day, when I am ready to give it all up, He calls, “Melissa, come forth.”
The real Melissa emerges, the Melissa I was always meant to be.
I am covered from head to toe in grave-clothes.
I have worn them my whole life but I never realized how constricting they were. I thought I was free. But my face is covered, my hands are bound. I am not free.
“Remove her grave-clothes and let her go,” Jesus’s voice booms with power as He commands the enemy of my soul. The enemy has no choice but to obey.
My grave-clothes are removed and I freely reach my hands to my Savior.
I see my sin, I see my shame but they have no hold on me. They came off with the grave-clothes.
I am free to be held in the arms of my Savior, the Lover of my Soul.
Child, you are never too far gone for our Savior.
Maybe you wonder why He allowed you to make some terrible mistake, or why did He allow this horrible thing to happen to you?
Perhaps He is allowing you die to yourself. Perhaps He is waiting to call you forth and remove your grave-clothes as well. Perhaps He has been calling you forth for years and you have not listened.
Today you can be free. You can be ALIVE.
Today can be your beginning.
Are you ready? Listen. He is calling you, “Come forth.”
As I climbed in my van this morning to go to work the song “I’m Alive” began to play.
I knew I was to include that song in this post. It perfectly sums up what God has done in my life since I answered His called to “come forth” and live. Truly live.
I am sure I looked like a crazy woman as I danced in my seat and raised my hands to my Savior.
Listen to the song here.
Beloved, I dare you to get up off your seat and dance.
Dance to your Savior.
Dance your grave-clothes right off.
Thank you Jesus. Thank you.