"Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7).
Have you ever blown it so bad that the memory of your screw-up is as painful today as back when it first happened? I have...more than once. And you have, too.
Now the problem for both of us is that to the degree we have blown it, we feel a deep obligation to do something that will somehow make it right. Some go so far that they perform some sort of penance to pay for their sins, with prolonged self-loathing, shame, and misery. Others become dutiful and pious; hoping to get time off for good behavior.
But here's the problem -- you and I can never pay that debt! And when we try to do so, we end up stuck in an never-ending circle of defeat.
That is not the Lord’s desire; He takes no pleasure is seeing us suffer under this diabolic burden. Jesus paid the price for our forgiveness – once and for all, completely. The Lord wants you to know that by holding on to the things in your past, you are being kept back from reaching out and taking hold of what He has for you today…and tomorrow.
This short poem may be a word from the Lord for you this very day!
As children bring their broken toys with tears, for us to mend. I brought my broken dreams to God, because He is my friend. But then, instead of leaving Him in peace to work alone; I hung around and tried to help in ways that were my own.
He didn't do at all the things I thought that He should do; He didn't mend my broken dreams; He didn't make them new. In fact He seemed quite nonchalant, as though He didn’t care. So I increased with holy zeal My intercessory prayer.
Watching, waiting for His hand to do what I had prayed; but nothing I could say or do helped Him on His way! At last I snatched them back and cried, "How can you be so slow?" "My child," He lovingly replied, you never did let go!"
My friend, from this day forward turn away from this habitual enslavement to the failures of the past; and take one good long look at Jesus. The Bible says, "Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame." (Psalm 34:5)
Resolve that from now on you will fix your gaze upon Jesus; the Author and Finisher of your faith! Take hold of Him and then you will discover that these dreadful things that haunt your soul no longer hold any power over you! Cast your care upon HIm, and be free; look unto Him and become RADIANT!