I am Forgiven | Day 36 August 06 2015, 0 Comments

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This is Day 36 of 48 of the #TruthAboutWhoYouAre series. Thank you so much for joining in on this journey with me. I hope you are inspired over this 7 week series.

It's Kristen Stansell here and I will be sharing my thoughts on today's scripture! If you struggle with anytime of fear then this is for you - this scripture has helped me face some things in life that are bigger than me because it is a reminder that who lives inside of me is greater than the one that lives in the world. Photo credit: Rochelle VanSickle

I am forgiven of all my sins and washed in the Blood - Ephesians 1:7 

I literally dropped out of pre-school when I was 4 years old. I wasn't much of a trouble maker in school because I wanted the teachers to like me. One day, my creative mind, decided to pretend that a plastic plate from the kitchen set was a Frisbee so I launched it RIGHT - AT - MY -TEACHERS - HEAD. Of course that wasn't my intention - but that's what happened. I regretted it from the second the plate left my chubby little hands. I got sent to time out and there I vowed to never return to school again. I don't know how I did it but I convinced my mom to not bring back EVER AGAIN and she didn't. 

That night, as a 4 year old, I remember shame gripping my mind. I was standing in the shower just pleading with God to rewind that day and let me have a do over. I can remember it like it was yesterday. I couldn't stand it that I did something so childish (hello, I was only 4). One moment of careless behavior turned into years of shame. It wasn't that the act of throwing the plate was so terribly awful - the problem was that I chose to carry the shame of the decision instead of allowing my Savior to take the weight. This incident as a 4 year old is the first incident I can remember that I chose to keep my mistake a secret and just bottle up the shame. That decision lead to a pattern of how I handled sin and shame for the years to come. 

In my teens and twenties, I found myself in plenty moments of carelessness that lead to making really bad decisions. I can remember praying to God and asking for forgiveness but it was like no matter what I did, the shame continued to haunt me. I struggled to break free from the sin. The moment that I finally began to see freedom from the sin and shame I had lived with was when I was prompted to share my struggles, share my shame, and share my sin with a trusted leader. I always wanted everyone to think I had it all together so choosing to talk about the mess that hid under the surface of my smiling face was one of the hardest things I have ever done but it was worth it. 

If you are feeling the weight of sin, shame, or guilt, I want to first encourage you to bring it to God if you haven't already. Express your struggle and know deep down in your heart that you have already been forgiven and washed by the blood of Jesus. Being washed in the blood of Jesus means that we have been made clean and blameless before God. Next, I want to encourage you to speak up to someone you can trust about whatever it is you struggle with. Maybe a leader at church, a pastor, or a parent. It might sound crazy if this is something you have never done before but trust me it is worth it. Anytime I ever allowed another person to come along side me, mess and all, I became that much stronger. We don't have to fight our battles alone. In fact, the Bible gives us a couple scriptures that remind us we are at our best when we are together. 

Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

- James 5:16

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.  For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. 

- Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. 

- Proverbs 27:17

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The scriptures used for this series came from Joyce Meyers download, “Who God Made You To Be”