September 9, 2014
Shake it Off!
Read Matthew 11:28-30, Isaiah 52
Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:34
Failure, rejection, and guilt are some of the side effects of living life in a sin sick world and we are all going to experience them at some time or another.
Its not a matter of if, but of when. We need to know how to deal with them. Instead of getting shook up, we need to shake off.
We need to know that our security is not based on our worldly success or rejection, and that failure is never final with God.
When we confess our guilt to God or to others we may have wronged and ask for forgiveness with godly sorrow and repentance there is absolutely no reason in the world for us to hold on to guilt.
If we do not learn to shake off failure, rejection, or guilt we are doomed to the crippling effects of living as losers instead of as the winner’s Christ has made us to be when we receive by grace through faith the salvation and righteousness He died to earn for us.
When we learn, by the grace of God, to shake off the failures, rejections, and guilt of our yesterdays and focus on the bright future God has prepared for all those who love Him and are called according to His purposes, we can be sure that God will not only restore the joy of our salvation when we shake off our sins
through daily confession and repentance, He will provide the all sufficient grace to see us through any other failures, rejections or sins that might beset us.
What peace and joy there is in learning how to “shake it off.”
Dear Lord, help me to learn how to shake it off when I get all shook up. In Jesus’ sweet name, Amen
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008