Tender But Not Tainted

imageI shared a message yesterday of faith and it took all that I had to do so. This is my lifeline. So I take the words and translate them here.

It’s certainly never easy to take that leap of faith where you feel every ounce of it. I end up hating my emotions, for they vary so much as I make the move.

It is like when you take that leap of faith you get hit with a leap of fire your way too. So you live it even more. Take the plunge. We empty ourselves out…poured out like that drink offering in order to fit the call.

We are in obedience.

We empty the vessel…we empty the jar to fill up with the things of God, nothing less than that.

We become transparent. We become vulnerable. We become tender before all. Now how can we be that one who is tender but not tainted? Where we don’t have to fight off all that God delivered us from again and again.

The war is won! He took the lead! God did that. We surrender all before Him.

We live by FAITH, not by sight!
2 Corinthians 5:7

It took faith to make the leap. Faith to believe that God would direct even when it looked bleak. Even when it felt painful. Even when it hurt like hell. Even when every part of me felt it pierce. His word came through to make the change. Could He have it any other way?

It is like I am doing nothing else but trying to fill up on this WORD! The one that brings life and healing…the moment I am not there I feel the weight. I got to go back… empty God. Tender but not tainted. Keep me emptied of all else but not in the way that I am ruined.

Catch us the foxes,
The little foxes that spoil the vines,
For our vines have tender grapes.
Song of Songs 2:15 (New King James Version)

I don’t want to breath that —a trace of something bad, offensive, or harmful. A trace of infection, contamination, or the like. A trace of dishonor or discredit.

Not a trace of that! I can be tender enough… but not enough to be destroyed. Not enough to go back to what You set me free from! When inner pangs cry out. When flesh screams at me. When feelings go fickle. I know this will pass.

And if their hearts were still remembering what they left behind, they would have found an opportunity to go back. But they couldn’t turn back for their hearts were fixed on what was far greater, that is, the heavenly realm!
Hebrews 11:15-16 (The Passion Translation)

This is what this entire site is about! LETTING GO OF EVERYTHING ELSE!

When things don’t make sense to me–they make sense to Him! In His grand scheme of things…He reminds me of this concept. Don’t have your heart even remember because what I have for you is FAR GREATER! I must use my faith to please Him now and take a firm grip of that word.

This tenderness is the ground that God can work with me… empty, yes flawed, capable, willing and submissive. In being vulnerable you could also be so susceptible to what is contrary…as the enemy tries to sweep in like a flood when He sees your house in order.

When a demon is cast out of a person, it roams around a dry region looking for a place to rest, but never finds it. Then it says, “I’ll return to the house I moved out of,” and so it goes back, only to find that the house is vacant, warm, and ready for it to move back in. So it goes looking for seven other demons more evil than itself, and they all enter together to live there. Then the person’s condition becomes much worse than it was in the beginning. This describes what will also happen to the people of this evil generation.
Matthew 12:43-45 (The Passion Translation)

Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.
Matthew 12:45 (New International Version)

We must be careful that when the clutter is removed we don’t go back to put in what was taken away. It is not there for a reason. We promised. We vowed. We told God –HAVE IT ALL… 100! None less God!!!!

Take all of me…this empty, flawed, transparent and tender vessel. Now I am Yours. This here…. [ME] is all Your problem now and You are the ultimate problem solver.

Here You Go God… all tender! Make it so that I never become tainted again.

That’s faith.


About Christina

Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Senior Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor, currently residing in Canton, Georgia. We have been together for 29 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 22 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me. View all posts by Christina

One response to “Tender But Not Tainted

  • Mary

    Powerful message love every word of it: Leap of faith-empty my jar- fill it with things of God-be transparent and not tainted! That’s what I desire and will accomplish!
    can you please send me the dates for Cynthia Murray’s women’s conference and address and for our retreat as well. I have a new phone and I want to save the dates on my phone. Please send me the info ASAP- I need to request those days off AHEAD of time….thanks you


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