I will be sharing some devotions with you that my sister Nancy has been writing. I pray the Lord bless and encourage you through these testimonies and instruction from The Word of God... P.D.
Title: Windshield vs Rear-view Mirror
“As far as the east is from the west, so far as He has removed our transgressions from us”. Psalms 103:12
I’m confident in stating that I’m one of the millions of people who could have destroyed my life by feeling guilty about something in the past and I cannot change it. I’m not a hoarder….at least not in the aspect of the TV shows wherein folks have so much stuff they can’t maneuver through their homes. My “hoarding” is holding on to the guilt of things I’ve done, things I’ve repented of, things I’ve asked for and RECEIVED forgiveness. Why, on earth, then, am I holding on to it?
When God forgives our sin, He removes the guilt. Just as I must receive His forgiveness, I must also receive freedom from guilt and not let the EMOTION of guilt control me. If God says we are forgiven and pronounced not guilty, then we should BELIEVE His Word more than how we feel or how we let our emotions take control.
Why should I feel guilty the rest of my life when God has provided a way for me to live from it? Guilt is worry that is rooted in fear. I feel that I don’t deserve forgiveness. I’m afraid that God is angry, or that what I have done is too big, too bad - even for God to forgive. As I write this, I wonder, what kind of nonsense is this...nothing, Nothing, NOTHING is too big for my God!
I worry about what people would think of my past sins. I’m afraid they wouldn’t forgive me or, even see me as a good person again! Guilt has everything to do with the past and has the power to ruin my future. Every day, I must declare that I will not allow the emotion of that guilt to ruin my day, not allow it to enter into my thoughts, it’s just the evil one’s attempt to force me to wallow in self pity.
I know that God does not hold anything against me if I am sincerely sorry for what I’ve done. I trust in the blood of Jesus to cleanse me from my former transgressions.
The minute I repent, God forgives and forgets it, so I must follow His example and stop looking through the rear-view mirror at my past, but, rather, look through the windshield at all the promises and blessings He has in store!
Pray: Father, thank you for forgiving my sins and offering me new mercies every morning. I need your help to forget what has passed and to look forward to each new day in your awesome creation! Amen.