For the past 3 weeks I’ve been bothered about my past. I searched God’s Word for scriptures to help me work through it and printed some of them last Sunday. Tuesday I attended a Christian women’s get together, and we all prayed together, and I asked God to help me (and anyone else) who might be dealing with past regrets.
Well, I’m shouting deliverance today! In fact, I was freed that very evening when I got home. I was reading Romans 8:1-4 for the umpteenth time, and God’s Spirit finally allowed me to sink into that scripture. I say ‘I sank into it’, not ‘it sank into me’. There is a difference.
There is a difference in us seeking, searching, and asking for deliverance, verses just allowing God’s Word to shower us and then run off, so it doesn’t soak in.
There is a difference in “reading” and “meditating”, and I was mulling it over and over, and suddenly, it was like a flash of light! I realized that I belong to Jesus! I knew I was forgiven, but there is more! I’m HIS!
“1 So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. 2 And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” Romans 8:1-2
When a woman dates or marries a man, she kind of belongs to him (in a sense of the word). There’s a feeling of protection, stability, security, partnership, possession, and dependence.
God’s Word says my husband’s body belongs to me. “4 The wife gives authority over her body to her husband, and the husband gives authority over his body to his wife.” 1 Corinthians 7:4
Because I belong to Jesus, He is my protector, and I can lean on him, and He is my security, my ransom. I belong to Him and He said no one can snatch me from Him!
“27The sheep that are My own hear and are listening to My voice; and I know them, and they follow Me.
28And I give them eternal life, and they shall never lose it or perish throughout the ages. [To all eternity they shall never by any means be destroyed.] And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand.
29My Father, Who has given them to Me, is greater and mightier than all [else]; and no one is able to snatch [them] out of the Father's hand.” John 10:27-29
It’s not my past that bothers me, but as we grow in our knowledge of God’s Word, we see ourselves and what we are currently doing wrong, as far as how we are supposed to be living and treating others with love. (see 1 Corinthians 13:4-8) So we see what we are doing wrong right now, and also, the Holy Spirit shows us what we did wrong 10 or 20 years ago!
Then we feel remorse for things we can not change. If we can, we should apologize to anyone the Holy Ghost puts on our hearts. But if they’re not around anymore, giving it to God and asking Him to help us with it is the best thing we can do.
When David sinned with Bathsheba, God sent the prophet Nathan to tell him that he was going to suffer through some terrible things because of it. David realized his sin, so God told him that he would not die (spiritually, I believe). It’s in 2 Samuel chapter 12.
We too, may have to deal with the harvest of some bad seeds we planted way back when, but God’s Word is true and He said when we turn to Him, He will forgive us.
Jeremiah 31:34 – “And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”
Hallelujah! God remembers our sins no more! Bury ‘em deep & cover ‘em with boulders!