Relinquishing Regret

Remember not the sins of my youth, nor my transgressions; according to thy mercy remember me for thy goodness’ sake O Lord. Good and upright IS the Lord: therefore he will teach sinners in the way. The meek (humble) will he guide in judgment(justice): and the meek he will teach his way.

ALL the paths of the Lord are MERCY and TRUTH unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies. For thy name’s sake, O, Lord, pardon mine iniquity, for it is great.” Psalm 25: 7-11

Nothing can eat away our life, our health, and our soul quite like guilt. The most self destructive of all human emotions and the biggest of all burdens that are to be brought and LEFT AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS. 

It is often the binding tie that satan uses to hold his prisoners captive, convincing them in themselves that they DO NOT deserve to be free from the chains of actions taken yesterday whose consequences are forever now written.

He uses it on Christians, who even though they have come to the cross, they have failed to lay down that burden and continue to beat and badger themselves over and over again, not accepting the truth of forgiveness and allowing that guilt and regret to taint and rob the joy and peace that Jesus provided at the cross.

When we are constantly emotionally punishing ourselves over and over, the enemy has little to fear because we are doing his job for him. Why does he need to accuse the brethren when the brethren accuse themselves?

Regret WIIL make you sick, it WILL make you miserable, and it can very well lead you to hell, IF you allow guilt and regret to prevent you from accepting God’s salvation.

We can think we are not worth but Jesus thought we were VERY MUCH WORTH IT and He gave His life for ALL our sins. ALL of our mistakes, shortcomings, and failures and to hold the guilt rather than accepting forgiveness is making our guilt our god.

Regret is just guilt’s enabler, a life spent pondering things we could have and should have done is again a life, precious, given of God, completed wasted in endless analytical thoughts of how things could have been different.

Guilt and regret have no place in your life, they are past tense only and to bring them with you in the present is only sabotaging your future and the well-being and futures of all you interact with and have influence with.

As we know I am BIG on preaching influence because WE all have influence, even if you live alone, you have the POWER to impact others, someway, somehow, or maybe due to your availability, there is a ministry of service and outreach with “your name written all over it”, just waiting in the background, until you are ready to shed guilt and regret, send them packing, and spread your spiritual wings and let God lead you where HE ALREADY PREDESTINED FOR YOU TO GO!

But if your holding guilt and regret, He is NOT going to just reach down and jerk them out of your hands, YOU HAVE TO BE WILLING TO LET THEM GO! Then He can give you all the good things of His mercy and His Truth that HE WANTS TO GIVE YOU.

The verses above, for me is the absolute guide to repentance, quoted them many, many times myself and when I was first saved it was reading these verses over and over through floods and rivers of tears.

We have ALL messed up, we have ALL sinned, we have ALL been best friends with guilt and regret, but Jesus is faithful and HE wants us to let them go and TRUST in Him and forget all those things and press on, IN HIM.

And the ONLY way to true freedom IS found in Him and His blood and the washing by that blood, we can’t drink them away, can’t snort them away, and your sure not going to wish them away, all the methods people use in attempt to dull their inner pain always ends the same, once your down and the crash comes your only more messed up and deeper and deeper in that sinking pit and NOTHING is going away, more regret is just being added.

Continuing in Psalm 25:12-22: ” What man (human) is he that feareth the Lord? him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. HIS SOUL SHALL DWELL AT EASE (in goodness) and his seed (descendants) shall inherit the earth.

The secret of the Lord is with them that fear him; and he will shew (cause them to know) his covenant. Mine (my) eyes are ever toward the Lord; FOR HE SHALL PLUCK MY FEET OUT OF THE NET. Turn thee unto me, (please come to me) have mercy upon me; for I am desolate (lonely) and afflicted.

THE TROUBLES OF MY HEART ARE ENLARGED (burdened with worry, guilt, regret) ;O BRING THOU ME OUT OF MY DISTRESSES. LOOK UPON MINE AFFLICATION AND MY PAIN; AND FORGIVE MY SINS. Consider mine enemies (negative emotions and even ourselves ARE enemies); for they hate me with a cruel hatred.

O keep my soul, and DELIVER ME: let me not be ashamed; for I put my TRUST IN THEE. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I WAIT ON THEE (wait IN FAITH on thee). Redeem Israel, O, God, out of ALL his troubles.”

Jesus is more than willing to heal us in these places, if we only ask. So many are trapped in prisons of heartache, regret, and remorse but PLEASE, PLEASE, as a minister of HIS GRACE, I am pleading with you, DON’T STAY THERE.

We ALL have those spans of time we dearly wish would could go back and change.. but we can’t. What we CAN change is how those times can be used to propel you into your destiny and in to the kingdom where you can maybe one day use those lessons learned to help another NOT make the same choices.

As my very wise sister always says, it really is like burying something dead and going back and digging up rotten old bones.Take them to the cross and leave them there and never think about them again.

God gives us beauty for ashes, to produce ashes something has had to burn. Don’t wait another moment, You can talk to God anywhere,  you don’t have to be in a church house, HE WILL MEET YOU WHEREVER YOU ARE.

STOP being your own enemy and unwittingly sabotaging your own life, lay guilt and regret, and all that hurts you today, on HIS altar and let it all be burned away. Let a NEW day unfold because you will never EVER know freedom until you are FREE in Him. Blessing and Peace to you in Jesus’ name.

Φλογίζω Σαλπιζω NBJ 2017

 

 

“SIN”TRIFUGAL FORCE / PART 2/ NOT TO RAIN ON THE PARADE, BUT…

As we continue to deal with the “sin”trifugal force that has taken over our country, ruined marriages, destroyed families not to mention individual lives. I want to be crystal clear about a little something.
It is a near impossibility to argue against sexual sin without being accused of being  a prude, fogey or my favorite, HOMOPHOBIC.
I can assure everyone, I am none of the above. I did not grow up in church, I was saved from about as far as you can go in the “world” and make it back out. I harbor no ill will or prejudice against anyone based on their sexual preferences.
There is the point, it should not even have to be debated, I am still waiting for someone to tell me it’s okay to preach that people can steal or kill, yeah then the feathers would ruffle wouldn’t they?
If people want to live these lives that is their choice. But to drag Christ into it and twist his word and his love and the allowance it makes, well that’s another thing and that provokes the right to defend true Christianity.
Sex, once upon a time it would have been considered a disgrace to even discuss such things outside the marriage and thanks to the sex kittens of the fifties, the musical invasion and free love of the sixties, the anything goes attitude of the seventies, giving birth to movies like “Pretty Woman” and “American Gigolo” famous for romanticizing prostitution in the eighties.

Masters and Johnson, Dr. Ruth, Jerry Springer and a host of others building financial empires from the publicized smut and degradation of others, that would for a mere moment of perceived fame would sell their souls to the devil himself.
The nineties bearing the harvest of those twisted seeds, springing up in the teen generation in the form of “friends with benefits’ and being advised by Sex Ed teachers to try everything and anything until they discover their sexual identity.

Entire television shows dedicated to paternity testing to determine after countless tests who really fathered the babies of seemingly bewildered mothers.
Whatever happened to the good ol’ warnings about AIDS and STD’s that once graced the late night television airwaves? They have now been replaced by infomercials for the sex industry and condom ad’s, be safe you never know what you might catch?!!
As everyone stood blindly by, Satan infiltrated our culture until it is spoon fed this filth day and night, never taking a pause.
We are in a completely demoralized state in this country, where nothing, nothing is sacred. If we do not stand up now when it has spiraled so far down, please tell me what it will be for the next generation?
To God, SIN IS SIN. Point blank. There is no difference between having an affair with a married person than having a homosexual relationship and no difference between either of those and premarital relations. We may see it differently but He is just, this is sin and if not repented of, it will absolutely get you a one way ticket to hell.
Jesus even upped the Ante with this statement from Matthew 5:27-29:

“Ye have heard it said by them of old time, THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY: but I say unto you, That whosoever looketh upon a woman to lust after her HATH COMMITTED ADULTERY WITH HER ALREADY IN HIS HEART. And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, AND NOT THE WHOLE BODY BE CAST INTO HELL.”
That also applies to the ladies, male or female, it is what it is and he says what he means and means what he says.
SIN TAKES RESIDENCE IN THE HEART and he searches the heart, if we know something is a temptation for us, it is our responsibility to stay away from that, to cast it away, the strength of that word meaning to throw it as far away from you as possible. Don’t hang after it or watch it dance on Friday nights!
You, yourself must fight, but if you pray he will help you do it. God knows we are tempted in this world, just as Lot vexed (troubled) his own soul by choosing to live in Sodom. Just being exposed to THEIR SIN, AFFECTED HIS SOUL, we must stay on guard.
There is NO SHAME in going to him in prayer, he will never embarrass you and he will help you but you have to be honest with him and then stay away from it.
So, maybe you have a friend or know someone who really, really believes that they are in love with a person of the same sex, I am so sorry, but it can’t be done.
It is the same argument heterosexuals use to justify divorcing a spouse they’ve been married to for thirty years and shacking up with someone else.
“The heart is DECEITFUL above all things and desperately wicked; who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9
We are taught to follow our hearts, it is often said “The heart wants what the heart wants” it would be better stated like this “The flesh wants what the flesh wants”  and it has nothing to do with love.
That is why God tells us his plan is one male, one female, joined AS ONE, as for the often questioned multiple wives of the Old Testament, Well like everything else, this was man’s doing, one guy named Lamech started this,(Genesis 4:19) all it takes is one bad apple, after he did it, everyone wanted multiple wives and yet women could only have one husband!
This was NEVER GOD’S IDEAL!
Sometimes we have feelings that are mistaken for love , when actually it is a displaced need for acceptance and trying to fill a void in our souls, just as with promiscuity, a need to feel like we belong and often our identities are tied to our sexuality, that being said, if a parade is needed to prove self worth than how great is the feeling of worthlessness inside?
God and God alone fills those voids. Matthew 22:29,30:
The Sadducees tried to hassle Jesus about whose wife a woman would be in the afterlife, had she been married to and widowed of seven brothers, “Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, NOR the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God.”
No males, no females and certainly no flesh. No matter who says this is not sin, please don’t listen to them, anyone who says they have no sin is a liar and this is the Bibles final word on the subject.
“I wrote unto you in an epistle to NOT keep company with fornicators (sexually immoral people).
“Yet not altogether (not just them) with the fornicators of THIS WORLD, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
But now I have written unto you NOT TO KEEP COMPANY, if any man THAT IS CALLED A BROTHER BE A FORNICATOR, OR COVETOUS, OR AN IDOLATER, OR A RAILER, OR A DRUNKARD, OR AN EXTORTIONER, WITH SUCH A ONE NO NOT TO EAT.”                                1 Corinthians 5:9-11
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall NOT inherit the kingdom of God? BE NOT DECEIVED: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate ( Homosexuals) nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners,
 shall inherit the kingdom of God.”     1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Sin is sin, this is why he doubled assured this list and put it all on here, one sin is no different from the other.
No big sin, no little sin but no sin will get into heaven.
NOW THE GOOD, GOOD NEWS!
“And such we some of you: BUT ye are washed, BUT ye are sanctified, BUT ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the spirit of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:11
Let the world go and live for the truth, share the true Gospel, we were all sinners and we know the saving grace of God.
To let others be deceived into believing they are saved without repentance and the covering of the blood is the most cruel, cruel thing we could ever do.
If we love them we will tell them the truth, because it is not about being kind or a wonderful person, it is simply the truth of God and I have shown you in the word of God, that HE SAID these things are sin, and there is no way around that.
” AND IF THE RIGHTEOUS SCARCELY (BARELY) BE   SAVED, WHERE SHALL THE SINNER AND THE UNGODLY APPEAR?” 1 Peter 4:18

Original Post Date: 11/14/2014. All rights reserved. Rev. Nina Brown Johnson 2015