This morning I woke up with two words ringing in my spirit - MOVE FORWARD.
Far too often we allow the guilt of the past to hold us back. We allow the enemy to infiltrate our mind and convince us that we are no good in the eyes of Christ because of choices we made that produced negative results. Because of this, many suffer from depression and feelings of low self-esteem which stunts their growth both naturally and spiritually. I know, because I've been there.
It is Satan's desire to keep you bound by feelings of guilt and keep the remnants of your past fresh in your memory. By doing so, he keeps you from moving forward. Anything stuck in the past cannot move forward into the future. One thing I had to come to grips with was the fact that I was my own worst enemy. Yes, Satan is our adversary; however, he only has as much power as we allow him to have in our lives.
Maybe you've had a couple of babies out of wedlock, chose bad relationships, fell into a life of drugs or alcohol or whatever your case may be, but is God's mercy not more powerful that your bad choices? Is God not able to forgive you and cast your sins into the sea of forgetfulness? God is a merciful God and His mercy is renewed daily. Every day you wake up, God gives you brand new mercy.
So, if God can forgive you, move on and see you great, why continue to allow the enemy to keep you in bondage?
Today, I want to encourage you to acccept God's forgiveness, forgive yourself and let it go so that you move forward and enjoy the fullness of Christ. You are valuable to God and He wants to use you for His glory. There is greatness in you, despite your past. Ask God to help you see yourself the way He sees you. Today is the day to move forward and leave the past where it belongs...in the past. God has great things in store for you, but you must begin to move forward.
Til we meet again...
Live more...worry less...laugh often!