How to Let Go of the Guilt and Shame
- Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Then, two verses later, David is able to say to God: "You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance" (Psalms 32:7). While David started out hiding from God, because of his sin, he ended up hiding himself in God. Once you tell God all that's on your heart, you will find He is a refuge for you -- one to run to and not from.
3. Claim His complete healing and forgiveness - Scripture tells us "without faith it is impossible to please (God)" (Hebrews 11:6). And therefore, we must, by faith, believe that when Jesus died on the cross, He was wounded for our transgressions and bruised for our iniquities and by His stripes (wounds) we are healed (Isaiah 53:4-5). I love the fact that those prophetic verses from Isaiah 53 about what Jesus would do for us when He went to the cross centuries later were written in past tense, although they were still future at the time the prophecy was written. That tells me that even before it happened, God saw our atonement as already done. And now that Jesus has been to the grave and back to pay the penalty for our sins, how much more is it already done? Why hold onto something when, as Jesus said, "it is finished" (John 19:30).
4. Commit Psalms 103:12 to memory -- We are given this assurance in Scripture: "As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us." I had to write out that Scriptural reference on little pink heart post-it notes and post them all over Jean's home so she would remember that she is forgiven and her slate is clean. Today she can hold her head high knowing that she is, indeed, a "new creation" in Christ Jesus and she no longer has to hold onto something that God has already let go.
Don't buy the lie that you can never be healed, or forgiven or whole again. Your healing has already been accomplished through what Christ Jesus has done for you. Accept it, my friend. And move on.
Cindi McMenamin is a national speaker and author of several books, including When Women Walk Alone (more than 100,000 copies sold), Women on the Edge, and When a Woman Overcomes Life's Hurts, from which this article is adapted. For more on her books and free resources to strengthen your soul, see www.StrengthForTheSoul.com.
Publication date: October 16, 2012
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