Burn the Bridges

Burn the bridges

To your old life

Cut the ropes

That once entangled you

 

The old thoughts

That creep like mould

That condemn, that judge

Put them in their place

 

Your old ways have been shed

Like a cocoon from a butterfly

In you shines gold

That is the real you

 

The old you, the old chains, the old ways

Perished in the grave

Now risen eternal

Is the certainty of a better future

The Graveyard

I come to the graveyard

Wandering among the black tombstones

The silence echoes amongst the ancient stones

As I search for my own name

 

I stare at the etched letters

Chiselled into the cold rock

My dark past lies beneath my feet

Locked in a cage of cold earth

 

My mind cannot help but wander

To a grave now long lost

A grave that could not hold its captive

Where life burst out like a fountain

 

I lay down my wreath of thorns

As tears stream down my face

His sacrifice means the old me will always stay dead

And my new life will never end

Fiery Darts

Accusing darts fired relentlessly

A hailstorm of fiery arrows

A flurry of lies that pierce to the heart

A flurry of lies that cut to the bone

 

Are we resisting this onslaught?

Or are we standing by passively?

Accepting this barrage of baseless guilt

Letting it define our identity

 

Wake up!

The punishment has already been taken

Our guilt has been transferred

Jesus takes all of our blame

 

So lift up your shield of faith

And bat every lie away

Never forget what Christ has done

Never let guilt from the past define you

Reject the Lies

I am not worthless

I am not an outcast

I am not hopeless

I am not hated

 

Depart from me empty lies

No longer will I tolerate you

You try to degrade me, to bring me to my knees in shame

But I will not yield

I will stand strong in what Christ has done for me

 

My God will tear down the strongholds you have made

His Love will heal the scars you left

What you convinced me to hide, He will call back to the light

In His acceptance will I find peace

And I will revel in the truth about myself

 

I am holy

I am righteous

I am redeemed

I am restored

Worth

I saw no worth in me

Yet You gave up all You had for me

Hurtful words stuck to my forehead like labels

You spun Your loving words into a crown for me

You rebuilt the ruins of my self esteem

Into a castle, secure and steadfast

Though my heart was locked away

Guarded by tangles of barbed wire

You walked in and healed my deep hurts

You told me I was more

Than the mistakes I had made

You told me I was Yours and nothing could change that

The lies that bound me fell away

And I found my worth in You