I wanted to talk with you today about something that has been heavy on my heart the last few days. Iíve recently spoken to several people who with different life stories, share the same feelings of shame.
It occurred to me that all too often we carry around way too much guilt. We often obsess over the past and what we could have or should have done. Or maybe itís the things you shouldnít have done that still plague you? Either way its not healthy.
God sayís that he has forgiven us, then why is it so hard for us to forgive ourselves? We walk around in a haze plagued by our own feelings of guilt and inadequacy, that ultimately it becomes a stumbling block in our walk.
I want to encourage you today to stand strong and try not to focus on the past. I know sometimes it is easier said than done, but you just need to make up your mind to do it. What I have learned with this subject is that God will not move you forward until your ready to let go of the past.
And remember God isnít concerned about what you did or didnít do in your past, he is focusing on what you still can do in the future. If there is any example of a person who was really messed up in the Bible and by any accounts should not have been worthy of anything God had., it was Paul.
But he turned out to be one of the most influential members in the bible. He was a man who used to kill Christians before he got saved, he was a murderer! But God used him mightily. So when you begin to feel inadequate remember that God does not choose people who are qualified in their own right. If He did than He would not get the Glory. And besides no such person exist !!
Instead He chooses messed up people like you and me, because we know in our own strength we couldnít do anything without Him. So what? Youíre a Christian and you messed up, maybe you messed up big time and your feeling condemned and that God doesnít want to use you now.
Remember that Romans 3:23 says that ALL have sinned and have fallen short of the Glory of God. Every man, woman or child who was ever born or ever will be, Christian or not has a problem with sin. Again, learn to let go of that shame, guilt and feeling of worthlessness!!
God has made you for a great purpose but He wont do anything with you if you donít allow Him into the inner most parts of your heart. He needs freedom in your life to really help you. But He wont do it without your permission.
I encourage you to let go of the shame of your past and begin to think and speak about your future in a positive way according to what God has placed in your heart, not according to what you have seen in the past or are seeing even now in the present. He has a great future for you. Believe it and confess it. Be blessed and be encouraged. To God be the glory.