Altar Call is the result of a bad dream; most people would call it a nightmare. A young lady experienced rape by a man that she trusted, and he also had planned for his friends to get in on the action. That chapter in this book titled, The Flattering Tongueshows how our flesh can easily be manipulated by words causing us to stumble not only physically, but emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. There are so many different types of situations that happen with or without being in a relationship, that in the end, we feel insecure, unworthy of love, helpless, and lost, wanting to give up after having bad thoughts and feeling that God has forsaken us. We sometimes ask, “Why did You allow this to happen to me, God? I thought I was Your child, Your daughter! I’m tired of hurting, I’m tired of being weak, and I’m tired of my past staring me back in the face!”
In some of these stories, it shows the realities of life which includes hurt caused by others, hurt caused by poor choices, and how to make better choices to prevent as much pain and grief in ones’ life. We have moments when we are weak; whether we know the Word or not. We are fleshly beings surrounded by temptation, spiritual wickedness,and natural disasters. We cannot and will not be perfect on the earth no matter how much we desire to be or how much we work at it. Once we fall in the flesh, there are so many consequences that we must face due to our actions. Whether we are the guilty party or the innocent, every action causes a scar in our life that we aren’t always able to cover up or one we can’t seem to recover from. We try so hard to cover up the guilt, the shame, and the embarrassment instead of seeking the One True and Living Godwhocan, with His all-seeing eye, find the broken part of us, restore us whole, and then give us a new start. He shows us daily, even if we go through bad times, loss, rejection, and other life circumstances that reflect failure or pain, He’s with us, He’s helping us, and He will see us through. God shows us, with Him, all things are possible, we can make it through to the other side, and that “No weapon formed against us shall prosper. (Isaiah 54:17a).
We are all overcomers by our faith, and we need not be afraid. This book is to remind us that if we all leave all our worries, pain, un-forgiveness, and the names of the ones that hurt us at the altar, we can walk away freely without feeling the weight of the world on our shoulders. Let’s begin a new chapter together as we lay it all down at the altar.