There are ways that God communicates his heart through those in relationship with Him. For those whom are used as a vessel for Him, as a voice, one senses what God desires we share with the world. When He is grieving, we feel that grief alongside our Father as he pours his tears out through us. It isn’t that God doesn’t already know what is to come, but His desire is for his creation to turn away from anything evil. With the state our world is in, with so many horrendous acts being brought into the mainstream, I am here to tell you – from God’s mouth to my ears – humanity is grieving God’s heart!
People, do you know not that God fashioned every single human life to come into existence, in the womb? Do you not understand He knows us, intricately?
“For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.” (Psalm 139: 13-15)
It is time that the world is re-taught that God has a purpose for each life, a purpose fashioned before we enter the womb. He cares about us from conception ’till the completion of our lives; He is with us, urging us on.
“Then the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, “‘Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.'” Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. But the Lord said unto me,”‘Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee,'” saith the Lord.” (Jeremiah 1:4-8)
“In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind.” (Job 12:10)
Where are you going with this, one may wonder? Or, perhaps you have already figured it out and need to see how my view may differer from that of others. This post is about the atrocities that are being committed by humanity, against humanity – specifically, the unborn – and now even the newly born. To be even more specific, understanding sanctity of life that seems to have all but disappeared, even within the body of Christ.
How is my perspective different? I will explain: Before I was born again in Christ Jesus, I did not value life. I considered myself liberal: politically, sociologically and in mindset. I had developed this all on my own as I come from a conservative family (except my parents – and I suspect I was genetically inclined to my mother’s perspective on such topics, which she still holds today). I was a “free” thinker, or so I believed, as I formed the opinion that the earth itself was more important than human life. As a teenager I used to protest Proctor & Gamble’s headquarters on Earth Day, I believed that abortion was okay and an option for a pregnancy I would not have wanted (because I didn’t want to have children).
What changed? Was it the Word of God’s influence? Eventually, yes, reading in the Holy Bible how God sees life is what completely changed my heart..but being crafty as He is, God began to change my heart and mind years before I ever laid eyes on a Bible again. The shift actually began while living in the San Francisco Bay area. Yes, friends, after moving to the most liberal state in the country, instead of growing even more liberal, I was effected and affected by that experience, negatively.
I did not see it coming but the more I was exposed to the “freedoms” people thought were “good” for them, my discernment kicked in and showed me otherwise. In fact, I became deeply disturbed by and concerned for humanity, by the day, while living there. I was surrounded by “freedoms” which led people down paths that proved to harm them: sexual, political, creative and social. As much as I didn’t want to move back to Florida (where I had relocated from), by the time I left the SF Bay area only a year and a half later, I couldn’t wait to get away from that environment.
A year and half after that, the Lord found me and began to do an even deeper work in my life where the sanctity of all life is concerned.
The verses I shared above were just a handful the Holy Spirit used to open my eyes to how God feels about every life created. One day while in conversation with a male friend of mine, who was not only becoming a pastor but also raising three daughters sans their mother. I sat there in shock while discovering he supports abortion. I recall looking him straight in the eye and saying, “How can you believe this; are we reading the same Bible? God speaks over and over about the sanctity of life and you, a man with three beautiful daughters (one he adopted), believe abortion is okay?”
His response was that he believed a woman has the right to decide, that it’s her body. This friends, is a fabricated lie that too many have been groomed to believe as truth. (This was also how God began to open my eyes to the differences in denominations, and that not all actually fully embrace and teach the truth of the Holy Bible.)
In recent U.S. events, the governments of several states have taken the sanctity of human life and crushed it by legalizing both full-term abortion and after-birth murder. This is not only disgustingly evil, it is a slap across God’s face. But, as I began with, God saw it coming. There are denominations of the “church” in the United States that claim New Covenant believers do not have to follow any of the original commandments given by God and that too is a lie. Jesus himself stated the truth to a rich young man who wanted to follow Him:
“And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matt 19:16-19 ESV Emphasis my own.)
I recently had a conversation with my mother about this topic. We were on the subject of politics (which we never agree on) when I brought up the topic of the recent decisions in New York about late-term and post birth killing of babies. She surprised me by saying she thought is was horrible and “what has happened to the sanctity of life…this world has no respect for life any longer…” I said, yet you still believe abortion is okay? “Yes, it’s a woman’s right to choose, especially if she’s been beaten or raped.” (I won’t go into details of the reasoning behind this for her, as not to disrespect her privacy…she has reasons that I pray one day she works out with God.)
My response was this: As long as women are told it’s okay to view an unexpected or unwanted pregnancy through the lens of that baby’s life not mattering, things will not change. Women have other options better for all parties.
My mom, who has carried two children in her womb and had ultrasounds, then stated, “there is no heartbeat in a fetus.” My rebuttal was stern in saying she knew better than that.
I can attest that a woman who has had an abortion never forgets that day for the rest of her life. She mourns her decision. She knows it is wrong and God, I believe, does not want her to forget until she asks his forgiveness for taking the life of one of His precious creations. I know this because I had several friends who opted for abortions and they confided this is how they feel. (They were not Christians and in fact, didn’t believe God existed.) One of them was weighing options just after I recommitted my life to Christ; I tried to very gently persuade her against an abortion. It broke my heart when she texted me saying, “it is done.” On the fist anniversary of the abortion, she called me, and cried while relaying how hard it was remembering what she had done…I honestly had no words to comfort her!
I want to share with you some examples of people who God knew before he formed them in the womb, who were “born this way” and are living proof that He not only respects the sanctity of life, but has a purpose for each person: You. Me. Your children. Grandparents. Sisters. Brothers. Friends…
But, really, here is one very strong example. I have known Xian Horn for about 5 years. (I met Xian through another extraordinary young women God purposed and uses, however, Lexi is more private and less able to verbally express herself than Xian. Instead, Lexi has written books and creates beautiful art.) Xian was born with Cerebral Palsy but God created her with a purpose and she has chosen to walk in that purpose and calling upon her life. I for one am grateful her parents have been catalysts in her success, but more importantly that Xian knows to WHOM she belongs (God/the LORD).
Xian inspires me at every turn she makes because she has grown into a fierce warrior for the Lord and an advocate for disabled women, globally.
She recently addressed the United Nations! You’ll need to watch the clip to understand why I had tears of pride welling up in my throat as I witnessed Xian in action! May it bless you to the very core of your soul!