I need to confess. I sometimes think of all my past regrets. It haunts me and makes me feel deeply sad. So many failures and terrible decisions. Even when I know that God has forgiven me, I can’t help but feel deep regret. Scripture tells us that God forgives and forgets. Why can I not forgive myself? Is it my lack of faith?
God tells me that I am not my past nor my failures. He tells me that I am a testimony to God’s amazing grace! Why can I not believe him? Is it lack of faith? Or is it Satan? Or both? Don’t make the mistake that Satan isn’t active because he is always trying to make us question what we know.
Most of the time I feel safe knowing my God is the stronghold of my life. I know He fights for me every day and shows Himself strong in my life. I know He will heal all the pain and He will give me His strength. Does this sound familiar?
If any of you feels the same, please know that Satan is doing his best to derail us, but trust in God. Join me and look in that mirror and say, “I am not my past. I am not my mistakes. I’m a child of God and I identify myself with His grace. God’s grace is working in my life and I must act like it. I will walk like it, I will talk like it, and I will live like it! In Jesus’ name!
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Just as a father has compassion on his children,
So the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him.
For He Himself knows our frame;
He is mindful that we are but dust. — Psalm 103:8-14