This post is dedicated to the very special people that God has laid on my heart and anyone who longs for freedom and victory over the pain of their past: My heart aches at the thought that they’re living in captivity to their shame, their guilt, their past. I read a quote that has stuck with me since the moment I read it: “Don’t beat yourself up. Jesus already took the beating for you.” He did. All of our sin, all of our shame. Every bit of it was nailed to the Cross and it was crucified with Jesus. All that remains is an empty grave. The sin that weighs us down gets in the way of what God wants to do in us. The enemy is strong. He is deceitful. He uses our own minds against us. He can convince us one minute that we are worthless and no one cares about us and then the next, when we are on cloud nine, he can trick us into believing that there is no one better than us. He makes it all about us.
That’s the beauty of Jesus I think. It’s not all about us. It’s all about Him. It’s all about others. It’s about love, not selfishness. It’s about grace, not grudges. It’s about freedom, not bondage. Every moment of Jesus’ time on earth was spent thinking of someone else. How He could help them. How He could heal them. How He could love them. That’s how we should be. If His love is inside of us, how can we sit back and watch our brothers and sisters in Christ drown in the sea of their sin? Just as Jesus pulled Peter out of the water when he took his eyes off of Jesus, Jesus comes to our rescue though we have failed Him. Our sin doesn’t have to overpower us, we have the same power that rose Jesus from the grave living in us! In our humanity, we are weak, but in His sovereignty, He is strong. God is more than able to rescue you and He will because His heart beats to the sound of your laughter.