Joy in Being an “Ex-“

26 Sep

A group of young women made me (Dawn) LOL with God and cry at the same time this past week. They are from Los Angeles, and they are the group called the Passion for Christ Movement.

Ex- (T-shirts)

What struck me, as the women mounted the stage at True Woman in Indianapolis was their sheer love for Christ.  This, even more than their bright colored T-shirts, made the 6000+ women at the conference stand to their feet in applause and shouts of “Hallelujah.”

Their shirts proclaimed their various victories:  Ex-Hypocrite, Ex-Narcissist, Ex-Diva, Ex-Coward, Ex-Abortist.

The challenge to us as women was, what have you been delivered from because of Christ. Can you give God “glory forever” because of the changes in your life, the choices you’ve made to trust and obey and follow the Lord?

As I thought about those gals later, I recalled the scripture, “Some of you were like this; but you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of God.” (1 Cor. 6:11, HCSB)

I thought of times I feel so tempted to lapse into my pet sins, and thought with joy, “The next time that temptation comes, I’m going to shout out, “No! I am an Ex-______________.” (I won’t fill you in on my pet sins, but believe me, I have them!)

How I praise God for the truth that when God sees me, in Christ, He no longer sees my sin. Like I said, that makes me LOL with God; and it also makes me cry, so thankful for God’s grace. Thank you, Precious Redeemer and Friend!

How has God turned you into an “Ex-“? Does that realization make you want to bubble over with joy? We’d love to hear your story, and your praises to God.

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