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The Beauty of scars


Pastor Bobby Gray
Solid Rock Worship Center
11862 Shaner Avenue NE, Cedar Springs, MI 49319

When we think of scars, we think of unpleasant marks usually made by unpleasant experiences. We also think of emotional scars which often hurt far worse than physical scars. 

I have come to understand that there is great benefit to scars—benefit we seldom consider. 

For instance, have you ever thought that every scar has a story to tell? Or that scars speak of experience? 

Paul thought his scars alone were sufficient evidence to establish that he was an experienced warrior for Christ. He said, “From henceforth let no man trouble me: for I bear in my body the marks of the Lord Jesus” (Galatians 6:17). Paul was saying, “Don’t argue with me. I am a warrior for Christ and I have scars to prove it.” It should come as no surprise that Paul was scarred in the Christian battle because he was a real warrior. Real warriors have scars. 

All the apostles bore scars for the cause of Christ. Jesus also bore the scars of battle. Twice in the 20th chapter of the Gospel of John, the scars of Christ are mentioned: “And when He had so said, He showed 

unto them His hands and His side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord” (John 20:20). He repeated Himself for the benefit of Thomas: “Then saith He to Thomas, ‘Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands…be not faithless, but believing’” (John 20:27). 

In both cases Christ’s scars proved that He was the risen Christ. 

The scars of Jesus were not only for the benefit of the people of that generation. They were also for generations yet to come. 

“And one shall say unto Him, What are these wounds in Thine hands? Then He shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends… and they shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him” (Zechariah 13:6, 10). 

Like Jesus and the apostles, we are wounded and scarred. Some of our scars are physical, and some are emotional. Some came before we came to Christ, and some we received afterwards. But we should be encouraged by every scar we bear in our bodies and emotions, because they are hallmarks of experience. And they speak of battles we have faced and survived. 

The beauty of scars is that they demonstrate we are warriors and survivors. Scars also prove that we have the experience to help others who are going through the same battles we have fought and survived. Our scars show the world that we know what it is like to fight and survive, even if we lose a few battles. 

“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3,4). 

Paul simply meant that after we have been helped, we are able to help others. 

It is right that we should have some scars because they prove that we have been doing battle for Christ. 

Remember, our scars were at one time open and festering wounds that were covered and cleansed and healed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ. Battle scars-badges of experience and honor-now replace those wounds. 

This is the beauty of scars!

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Reaching Up in WORSHIP


Pastor Bobby Gray

Solid Rock Worship Center

11862 Shaner Ave NE, Cedar Springs


Those who worship regularly must guard against stale and/or routine worship. Sadly, it is all too easy for our worship to become mindless. 

In such an automatic mode of worship, we can say words, sing, or even clap or raise our hands while our minds are elsewhere. 

Point! This type of mechanical worship does not glorify The Lord. 

The Lord does not want “dry morsels” of worship. He is The Living God, and He desires worship that is genuine and passionate. 

John 4:23-24 NKJV says, “23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit [with life, passion, vitality] and truth [sincerity, genuineness].” 

It is my observation that most long-tenured saints of God do not necessarily lose their avowed sincerity in worship, but they are very prone to a declining passion in worship. 

 As people age, there will no doubt be changes in the physical demonstrations of our worship. This is often unavoidable. 

Notwithstanding, we must not permit a lessening of passion in our love for and our worship unto our Lord Jesus. 

Points! 

• Passionate Worshipers… Often find a way

• Dispassionate Worshipers… Often find an excuse

Does the worship leader and/or your Pastor always probe you to worship? (“Let’s all raise our hands,” etc.)

Or does worship flow naturally out from a genuinely grateful soul?

I would ask you, dear reader, to review your personal worship habits and typical responses during the next few days. If in honesty and transparency you realize there has been a cooling of the flame of passion in your worship, determine to purposefully become more intentional and intense in your responses to Jesus. 

I can promise you two things:

1)  You will be blessed, beyond words, for worshipping in spirit and in truth! 

2)  And you will never regret giving Him all of you!

(Excerpt from the Bible study “Reaching UP” 

written by Pastor Gray)

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