(A 4 Minute Read)
When we repent to God, the slate is wiped clean. He does not keep a tally of how many times we fall down.
The Word says this:
For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief. Proverbs 24:16 KJV
That word “just” means: lawful and righteous.
Therefore, God does not measure our righteousness on our performance or perfectness. He just wants to help us get up again when we fall.
Psalm 103:12 says:
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12 KJV
If God doesn’t recall our past, repented-for failures, why do we? Can we develop that kind of grace and mercy for ourselves? When we recognize and repent for something before God, we need to move forward, not get fixated on the rear-view mirror of guilt or regret. If we fall again in the same area, we can pick ourselves up again, dust ourselves off, repent and keep on moving forward.
If we know that God continually forgives us every time we ask for it, can we start forgiving ourselves and stop holding that record of wrongs against ourselves? This can become a major hindrance to our forward progress and our overcoming journey.
If there is an old rut that we seem to continually fall into, we can ask God to expose the iniquity or the issue in our heart that keeps on driving us that way. As He begins to mend that area of our heart, we will find ourselves falling into that rut less and less often.
Walk out is a journey, not an Olympic sport. We need to have patience with ourselves. Then, as we continue walking, we can develop endurance and strength.
Can we release ourselves from our own agenda or timeline? If we submit to Father God by faith and trust that He will lead us and grow us up into all good things, we won’t have to carry that heavy burden of drivenness, performance and perfectionism or fear, guilt and shame anymore.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30 KJV
Can we stop trying to be something or someone for God or others and just be His kid? Can we hold still and participate with Him so that He can begin to form us into His image?
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 KJV
This is not about how well we perform, but it is about developing the heart of a child who wants to be like their Daddy when they grow up . That way He can perfect what He’s begun in our hearts.
The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. Psalm 138:8 KJV
Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6 KJV
There is a real and lasting peace that comes when we let ourselves off the hook and allow our Father to gently lead us by His Holy Spirit rather than being driven by the enemy. Out of this peace, not only will we find refreshment and healing for our heart but our body will begin to line up in health as well.
Our spiritual and physical health is dependent on our alignment and agreement with God’s true image; His thoughts and His ways.
Remember this key point: God is for us, not against us. He is not our punisher, but our defender and helper. Any struggles we have, He is fully invested in helping us recover ourselves and overcome so that we can come to the fullness of peace, love, and joy that He designed us for.
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Romans 8:31-32 KJV
The Be in Health® Team