For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
GET READY TO
LIVE YOUR LIFE GUILT & SHAME
A SIMPLE PRAYER
This particular Psalm is simply, "A Prayer of David!" David was
a man of honesty, goodwill, enthusiasm, and earnestness, many remember him as a hero, for taking down Goliath
with a slingshot, killing any animal that threatened
his flock of sheep, with his bare hands, and leading
his people as King of Judah.
Then there are those who remember him for his affair with Bathsheba and the decisive murder of Uriah her husband. This man of truth, trials, and faults is also a man with a great and trusting heart! However, throughout all the verses in this particular Psalm, he also pleads and sobs for forgiveness from his God!
A CRY FOR HELP
David cried out to God to hear his pleas for help, he asked God to "Bow down His ear" to hear him, figuratively speaking of course. David's implicit need was for God to "Hear him!"
How many of us have had that same cry for God in His mercy to hear our pleas for help?? While David's prayers were articulate and very revealing, they were likewise lowly because of his humility and modesty.
David's problem was so desperate, he felt that without God's help he would perish. Considering the many people who were set against him (See: PSALM 86:14) his concerns were quite reasonable.
Beyond this, we aren't told the specific nature of David's need.
HELPLESSNESS & DEEP-SEATED GUILT
I have talked with many women both young and old alike who live daily, viciously driven by their own bitterness, anger, and guilt-ridden heartaches. They were so savagely heartbroken and guilty over something they were unable to tell anyone, even the Lord their God.
These women were totally powerless to appreciate, envision or even grasp the idea of forgiveness that lay within God's power. And sadly, they are not alone, how many men and women are out there living with anguish, regret, disgrace, remorse and the shame that has been ingrained and deeply rooted within their lives because of the sexual corruption that was placed upon them??
ABORTIONS - SEXUAL ABUSE & HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Please allow me to just deal with the tremendous amount of "Lives Driven by Guilt After Abortion" for right now. During the times my husband and I sang, we traveled to churches, fairgrounds, and amphitheaters.
At times the Lord would lead me to ask if anyone wanted prayer to come forward. Many young ladies and elderly women would come, weeping and sobbing but never seemed comforted by prayer.
So I began to talk with these women of all ages, eventually, I learned how they felt they could never be forgiven! Their guilt and shame were driving their lives with lies!
LIES FROM THE DEVIL
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about, seeking whom he may devour: Whom resists steadfast in the faith, know that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. 1 PETER 5:8,9
This scripture verse tells us how Satan will use any weapon he has to destroy our living as Christian Believers! The lies he would like us to believe are overwhelming, but he doesn't
have the final word!
When Jesus went to the cross he carried ALL our sins with Him just so we might be forgiven. And he confirmed it when he said, "It is Finished!"
A PLAN TO CONQUER THE DEVILS LIES
My friends, there is a better way of living than carrying GUILT and SHAME!! I'd like to share ways in which you can be freed to live JOYFULLY AND FREE IN JESUS CHRIST!
- God has a "plan and a purpose" for your life! He surely sees the struggle you are facing or holding on to it so tightly so that it doesn't rear its ugly head. However, God is saying, "I not here to judge you! I want to help you get through this issue so that you don't feel the need to carry it all alone again!"
- It's time to "align yourself with God's plan!" Yes, by praying and asking God "how and what" you must do, you are giving Him consent to handle the daily dilemma you are grappling with! Before you get out of bed in the morning, ask the Holy Spirit to walk with you throughout your day showing you exactly how God wants you to handle the memories that often pop up!
You very well may make mistakes and fail, but that doesn't disturb God. He is more than willing to help you handle those very missteps and bring you back into alignment with Him! Remember to allow "God to be in complete control" confident that He will see you through!
- Now take time to "implement Gods Plan and Purpose" for your life! When the enemy tries to remind you of that burden you had been carrying for so long, tell him "JESUS CARRIED ALL YOUR GUILT and SHAME to the CROSS! JESUS LEFT IT NAILED to the CROSS and THAT'S WHERE HE SAYS IT IS ALWAYS and FOREVER!!"
- (Please take a moment to read my Disclaimer Below)
For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive, and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee. PSALM 86:5
Awesome news! Jesus is READY TO FORGIVE, AND HE HAS PLENTY OF MERCY for you and me! The Lord would say to you, "It is time to forgive yourself as I have forgiven you!" Jesus loves you my friend and the last words he said on the cross were, "IT IS FINISHED!" That means YOU and I can be FREE from any of OUR GUILT and SHAME!! What great news this truly is!!
(DISCLAIMER: This by no means is a "perfect solution for everyone" this is a way to start your process of healing and following it up with your pastor or a doctor, as I am not a licensed therapist. However, I have been where many of you are and the Lord Jesus has delivered me from my own guilt and shame!! And, I've had the great privilege of helping others be freed from the same things!
I have been an advocate on a "rape crisis hotline" and have gone to the hospital to be an advocate for anyone who had been raped or abused. I have also volunteered
at a "crisis pregnancy center" where we taught parenting classes and helped
young teenagers to older women of childbearing age deal with
issues of post-abortions.)