God promised that you would come out of every battle victorious, crowned by his strength. “Be exalted, Lord, in Your strength; so we will sing and praise Your power” (Psalm 21:13).
How does the Lord “prevent” us with these blessing of goodness and loving kindness? The Holy Spirit drives out all fear from us—fear of falling, fear of being cut off from God, fear of losing the presence of the Holy Spirit—by implanting in us his joy. We are to go out rejoicing, as David did because God has assured us we will prevail.
Yet so few Christians have this joy and exceeding gladness. Many never know rest of soul or the peace of Christ’s presence. They walk around as if in mourning, seeing themselves under the thumb of God’s wrath rather than under his protective wings. They see him as a harsh taskmaster, always ready to bring a whip down on their backs. And so they live unhappy, with no hope, more dead than alive.
But in God’s eyes, our problem isn’t sin; it is trust. Jesus settled our sin problem once and for all at Calvary. He doesn’t harp on us, “Alright you, this time, you’ve done it! You’ve crossed the line.” No, never! His attitude toward us is just the opposite. His Spirit is constantly wooing us, reminding us of the Father’s loving kindness even in the midst of our failures.
When we become focused on our sin, we lose all sight of what God wants most: “It’s impossible to please God apart from faith. And why? Because anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he rewards those who diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). This verse says it all. Our God is a rewarder, and he’s so anxious to shower us with his loving kindness that he blesses us way ahead of schedule.
This is the vision our heavenly Father longs for us to have him. He knows when we’ll repent over our failures and sins. He knows when our contriteness is coming. But he can’t wait for the due date. So he jumps in, saying, “I want to assure my child he won’t be judged because I’ve already forgiven him through my Son’s cleansing blood.”
So quite wallowing in the past. “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past . . .” (Isaiah 43:18). If you are going to continue being held captive to your past it will be an overwhelming burden and a shackle that clangs behind you in every stage of your life . . . if you let it. We have all suffered in some way, in some measure of trauma during our lives. Some have been abused, others abandoned, some raped, others have taken a path that has led to shame. Maybe you think you have really screwed things up. But the wonderful Truth is “whom the Son sets free is free indeed!” (cf. John 8:36). Right now, stop where you are and grab hold of God’s delivering power and allow Him to bring freedom to every area of your life. Live in that deliverance. There is no longer any cause for shame.
Do your memories haunt you and hinder you from giving yourself to God? Are your past hurts and pains affecting your performance in your daily life? Today, right where you are sitting, God wants to liberate you from your past. He wants to free you from the crippling pain that you feel whenever you remember that particular event or the decision that you made in the past. Today, right now, God is delivering you and empowering the ministry the Holy Spirit that is within you. You are free!
Your past does not and will never disqualify you from being used by God.
Father I do rejoice! This morning I choose to walk free! I will never, never, ever again bring up ____________ (fill in the blank). I am free of that. I know you have forgiven me and I am free from any guilt or regret. As your Prophet Isaiah said, I have forgotten the former things. You are making me new. As you told Joshua, I will be strong, vigorous, and courageous! I will not be afraid, or be dismayed, because you Lord, are my God and you will be with me wherever you go (Joshua 1:9).
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