“How many of y’all have done something you regret? All of us, right?! I’ve found that all too often I tend to hang on to those things much longer than I should. In fact, I will even carry them around with me. They are like a backpack that I have to pick up each and every time I move from place to place so that they will always be close by. If I carry them around long enough without taking care of them, the backpack tends to get pretty heavy to lug around and limits the things that I can do.
Max Lucado has a book titled, “God is with You Every Day”. In it he talks about this guilt we tend to carry with us each day and the results of it. He states, “God has the final word on your life, and His word is Grace! According to the Bible, Jesus said, “The Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins” (Mark 2:10).” What he means by this is we allow ourselves to wallow around in our false guilt so that we can feel good and sorry for what we did, or what was done to us! However, the good news is that if you are in Christ, our sin is gone! Scripture tells us that our sin is as far as the east is from the west. (Psalms 103:12). Jesus has done His part by forgiving us of our sins; we have to do ours by giving Him our guilt! We need to tell Jesus what we did without holding anything back. We must go into as much detail as possible because healing happens when the wound is exposed to the cleansing atmosphere of Grace. You see, confession is not punishment for sin; it is an isolation of sin so it can be exposed and extracted.
We must be firm in our prayers since Satan traffics in guilt. So tell his false guilt where to get off and for heaven’s sake, stop tormenting yourself over doing something wrong! Romans states very clearly,“All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God!” (Romans 3:23). Jesus is strong enough to carry your sin; did He not say He would do so? We need to believe Him! Then to complete Step five, we need to follow the instructions we’ve been given! Step five states: “We admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.” And the scripture that is associated with this is, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.” (James 5:16) After we admit our on faults, confess to God our specifics, and then we must find our sponsor and tell him/her as well. We will then be out of our isolation where Satan rules and the healing can begin!
I pray each one of you reading this will let loose of that backpack you have been carrying around and lay it at Jesus’ feet and leave it there! Believe Him and allow His healing Grace perfect you into the person He wants you to become!”
In Christ Love!