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Flawed and Fabulous
Miles McPherson - September 2, 2012

Message Recap

We are flawed because of our rebellious nature. We are fabulous because of God’s grace.

The news is often filled with the fables of the famous. People we admire for their looks, talents, or character are often caught falling prey to lawlessness or sin of some kind. They are no different from you and me because we all have flaws, such as jealousy, pride, and dishonesty. We also all have fabulous qualities, such as intelligence, communication, love, compassion, and creativity. Nobody is all bad or all good; we are all flawed and fabulous at the same time.

We are flawed because of our rebellious nature. We are fabulous because of God’s grace.

1. Guilt - I did something wrong; Shame - I am something wrong.

We experience guilt when we do something wrong, but shame takes a wrong act to a whole new level and makes it about being something wrong.

Today’s passage from Mark 5 shows us a woman who has had a 12-year blood flow. In the historical and cultural context of this story, a woman’s blood flow makes her religiously unclean. Anything and anyone she touches is made unclean. She cannot worship, fellowship, or associate with anyone, but is made to go outside of the town. For years, this woman has spent all her resources in search of healing, yet no doctor has been able to help her. She is ill and ostracized as a result, for affliction and illness in this culture is associated with sin. She is now walking with a label of shame, for her illness has become who she is.

Sin can become such a heavy burden in our minds. The devil wants to shame us into believing that our sin has essentially spoiled us, making us forever unworthy. But remember that God’s ways are not our ways (Isaiah 55:8-9). Whatever we think about ourselves, God thinks better of us. This woman is, just as you and I are, flawed and fabulous.

But in her despair, this woman has heard of Jesus and His miraculous deeds. She has faith the He can do what no one else can (Mark 5:27-28). She takes a risk, believing that if she even touches the hem of His garment, she can be healed.

Immediately the fountain of her blood was dried up, and she felt in her body that she was healed of the affliction. And Jesus, immediately knowing in Himself that power had gone out of Him, turned around in the crowd and said, “Who touched My clothes?” Mark 5:29-30

Jesus asks this question, not because He doesn’t know the answer, but for the benefit of the woman and everyone around Him. He asks to see who will step up to respond.

2. God’s grace covers your shameful flaws.

You may think you have more sin than the next person, but the truth is that you don’t know the next person’s sin. You don’t even know all of your own sin. Are you carrying sin and shame around with you? Shame convinces us that we must do something, accomplish something, or earn something in order to become acceptable. With men, this is often true, but it is not so with God. He already loves and accepts you just as you are. If you can have faith as this woman does, you can simply trust that God will wipe it away, and accept you in spite of your flaws.

But the woman, fearing and trembling, knowing what had happened to her, came and fell down before Him and told Him the whole truth. And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your affliction.” Mark 5:33-34

The woman believed that by touching Jesus’ garment she will be made clean, and she is right. God’s righteousness swallows up our flaws. By faith, she is healed and called by the precious name, “daughter.”

3. God’s grace determines fabulous value.

Your value is not determined by anyone other than God. He is the one who determines your fabulousness!

Your value is not determined by anyone other than God. He is the one who determines your fabulousness! He has created you in His image and has given you all the wonderful qualities you possess. He also invests in your fabulousness to enhance it and make it better over time as you trust Him and walk with Him.

Bring your flaws to Jesus, that you may be healed from your afflictions, both physical and spiritual. Though this healing cannot be earned or deserved, it is a free gift that He wants you to hold and share with others.

This Message

In this message, Pastor Miles talks about how we are all uniquely flawed and fabulous at the same time.

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