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South Texas Christian Center: Physical and emotional scars
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Pastor Jim Pogue opened his sermon saying everyone has had scars in their life resulting from injuries. Recalling his early childhood traumas, he mentioned how his mother, Dorothy Pogue would doctor his wounds with a very painful burning antiseptic and how he dreaded it. On occasions he mentioned how his dad, Lacy Pogue would find calves with screw worms and have to doctor it and how these screw worms would literally eat the flesh on these animals and without treatment they would die. We all remember our scars in life and have a story about each one.

In Luke 10:30-37 we see this happening which relates to our story: “Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” From this story we know that the Jews hated the Samaritans as they were a half breed of Jew and something else. If you notice the man nearly dead was passed over by a priest and a Levite and only the good Samaritan came to help. This man took pity on him and bandaged him up pouring on oil and wine. Wine contained alcohol which would burn and hurt but would stop an infection from starting. Oil was then poured on to lubricate the skin making it soft, and pliable preventing dryness and would heal quicker. This Good Samaritan then takes this wounded man to an Inn to be be cared for. The Inn in this story for us today represents the church where you come to get healed!

The question we have is this: When were you wounded in life and by whom? When your heart was wounded what do you do? We know that wounds can be physical in nature and also emotional causing scares to form. Anger uncontrolled can cause bitterness and bitterness unchecked leads to unforgiveness. Drugs, alcoholism and families torn apart causes emotional wounds and scars. Going to jail for theft or drugs does this as well as adultery which can lead to divorce and the list goes on. If emotional wounds are left unchecked this can lead to the illustration of screw worms getting in and laying eggs causing your wounds to become hard and crusty. What does God do? He speaks to us through His Word, the Bible, through other Christians, through church sermons and the Holy Spirit. We must resolve to get over our anger and bitterness or else our heart will stay hard. Screw worms kill and lay eggs in open wounds and they hate and eat the flesh of that animal. You have to cut open the injury and get out the rotting flesh. In real life when you put hydrogen peroxide on the wounded animal with screw worms, maggots fall out and then you have to remove all the dead tissue inside which is painful. Satan is like the screw worm as he drops flies on us and wants to eat up our flesh and eat at us but the Holy Spirit wants to address our wounds and God wants us to be set free! What does the Lord do? He comes to put wine on our wounds just as the Good Samaritan did to burn all our infection out of us! He then puts oil on us to lubricate and soften our wounds and He will carry us to the Inn which is church to get us healed. He won’t take away our memory of the scars for we can say look what the Lord has done recalling how He healed my body, mind, and saved me just in time!! You will then have a testimony of how the Lord healed you! But you have a choice to make! Will you let God set you feel? The Lord wants to do that for you today but it is your choice!!! Ask yourself: what has caused this? How do you fix it? You have to be willing to let Jesus doctor your wounds! The Inn is the Church right here today! If you let God clean you up, He will do so!

In John 20:24-28 we read: “Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” Thomas said he had to see the scars in Jesus hands and a week later Jesus appeared to him and Thomas saw them saying: “My Lord and My God!” Jesus bore Thomas’s scars for him with the holes in His hands and His feet and suffered from him showing proof that I am your Lord! Jesus scars say to us: “Will you trust Me to do what I say?” “Will you let Me do this to you?” Jesus asks? Why did Jesus do this for us? Because He loves us as John 3:16 says!

When you see yourself doing what is not right in your life, curse this thing out just as Jesus cursed the fig tree! Curse your anger if it gets the best of you. Curse that thing which is bad in your life! Jesus tells us to fight the good fight of faith and get rid of any sin in our life that is holding us back and with His love we can do it!

Come join us for worship on Sunday mornings at 10 a.m. with Bible Studies at 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays we meet at 7 p.m. and have a meal afterwards. All this happens at the Kenedy Civic Center Auditorium in downtown Kenedy! Mark your calendars for the National Day of Prayer which is Thursday, May 3 at the Kenedy Civic Center Auditorium in downtown Kenedy, Texas at 7 p.m. Visit us on line at: www.stxcc.org.
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