"Let God arise and let His enemies be scattered!"
Using an analogy of looking at Most Wanted posters at the Post Office: We need to hope that we're on the Top 10 Most Wanted list in hell itself!
The program that they share with those hurting girls has changed countless lives. Because they do not accept government funding or insurance money they are able to share Jesus Christ and the life changing power of the Holy Spirit.
Judging...if we are offended by what someone does, then we can't help to change his or her life. God meets people RIGHT WHERE THEY ARE AT!! And we need to do the same! When people come to our church and they don't look like we think they should look, we have to accept them the way that Jesus accepts them.
Nancy just shared a true story about a young lady who had been sexually/physically abused by every man in her life who was supposed to protect and defend her, and they only defense mechanism she had was to dress like a boy and look like a boy...to say I will never let another man get near me to hurt me. Nancy ministered to her and when that young lady got out of the correctional facility Nancy prayed the sinner's prayer with her and encouraged her that when he got home she needed to go to a church near her and talk to the women's ministry and see if they could work with her and let her be a part of their ministry.
Nancy got a call a short time later from the young girl's mom who had come home and found her daughter dead, in the bathroom, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The signed letter she left said that she'd gone down to the church and tried to talk to the women and to be able to be a part of the women's ministry and they laughed at her and rejected her. That young woman couldn't handle any more rejection (especially from those who proclaim Jesus as their Lord) and she KILLED HERSELF!
There's always a "why behind the "what".
"Mercy always triumphs over judgment."
When we receive Christ we are not "recovering" anythings! We are New Creations! We are regenerated. We don't go around saying, "I'm Sandi, and I'm a recovering depressed person. And I'll always be a depressed person..." NO!!!!! We are created in His image. Old things have passed away and all things become new!
We cannot dwell and hold onto our past (nor can we encourage others to dwell on their past lives!)! We have to meditate on and speak the WORD OF GOD over ourselves and OTHERS.
I can't adequately share what Nancy has ministered, so I highly challenge you to get the recording of this service. It has been powerful! And plug in to tonight's service at 6pm!