Have you ever done something you’re not proud of?
You have broken a trust… or a friendship…or a heart… or a promise.
And there you are. Punished. Not by God… but by your own mind. Sitting in isolation and wondering how you’ll get through it.
Each passing hour brings thoughts of loneliness and regret. Sleep? Not even close.
Does God hear your prayers anymore? Does He even know you’re tossing and turning night after night? Can God stop your pain and restore your rest?
Absolutely. We just need to renew our faith in Him.
“In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8
God alone leads us to safety… but do you believe He can? Or are you convinced that the prison of doubt, worry, and fear is too strong for even Him?
Do we have faith He will see us through?
Do we have faith He will release us from the guilt?
Do we have faith He has overcome the world?
Do we have faith He is all we need?
Do we have faith He is all powerful?
Do we have faith He still heals broken hearts?
Do we have faith He isn’t the God of the accusing finger but of the open arms?
Have we replaced “I believe” with “I think He can”?
The time has come to break free and believe again…
How do I do that?
1) Choose reliance not regret.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
2) Select peace over pain.
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
3) Decide to have faith not fear.
“See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.” Hebrews 3:12
In the darkest of dark nights… God is there. When we punish ourselves with memories of the past… He is with us. When we mess up for the hundredth time and find ourselves wrecked by regret and fear…
His arms are there…
Protecting us and loving us more than anyone ever could.
He forgives you when you ask Him to. Now it’s your turn to forgive yourself.