Riding in the car today listening to the radio, Big Daddy Weave’s hit “Overwhelmed” poured out of the speakers, and out of my lungs, filling my small car with loud, somewhat pleasing, worship. Then, I stopped and listened to the lyrics:
God, I run into Your arms
Unashamed because of mercy
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
I know the power of Your Cross
Forgiven and free forever You’ll be my God
And it hit me. Finally.
I’m sure we’ve all done something we’re not too proud of. Some of us have things in our past that we are down right ashamed of.
Our life is a story. Every story is different and every story has multiple chapters. You can’t move on to the next chapter until you’re finished reading the current one, or things just won’t make sense. Let’s say for the sake of this analogy, we finish a chapter in our life and then we take all the pages of that chapter and throw them high into the air. Each page slowly drifting its way down to the floor in a complete disorganized mess, but that’s healthy because that chapter is over. We’re done reading it and we aren’t going to re-read it or we won’t be able to move on.
Back to our pasts: that one (or multiple) mistake you made that is weighing on your chest like lead is the paperweight that is holding the pages your life story down, forcing you to painfully reread them over and over again. Someone just put a fan in front of all those pages — a new person in your life, new experience, new opportunity — and the pages of your last chapter naturally want to go scattering like a fun, wild, beautiful mess in the wind eventually finding their way to the ground so you can start over. But, there’s that one thing stopping it, that one thing hindering your natural ability to get excited and move freely to a new chapter in your story. That. One. Mistake.
Ha! Y’all thought I was gonna get deep, huh? Well I’m sorry to say I’m not going to put one of my biggest regrets on the Internet for everyone to see. God knows what’s on my mind and in my heart, that’s what’s important. And that’s the beauty of the Cross — Jesus has already died for all of our sins! We don’t have to confess our mistakes to humans to get human approval, because the approval of the only One needed has already been granted to us! It has already been done!
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace” Ephesians 1:7
Friends, we do not have to be ashamed of our sin anymore! Some of you may be thinking, “But you don’t know what I’ve done. God could never love me…” Let me start by showing you this:
God uses ordinary people to bring glory to His kingdom.
- Peter denied Jesus.
- Abraham was a liar.
- Matthew was a tax collector.
- Noah was a drunk.
- Moses was a murderer.
- Sampson was full of lust and anger.
- Paul was a murderer and prosecuted Christians.
- David was a murderer and an adulterer.
- Rehab was a prostitute
God used all these people for His good.
- It doesn’t matter how many people you’ve slept with.
- It doesn’t matter how many drugs you’ve done.
- It doesn’t matter how many naked pictures you’ve sent.
- It doesn’t matter how much porn you’ve watched.
- It doesn’t matter how much alcohol you’ve drank.
God loves you (Romans 5:8). He knows you (Isaiah 49:16). He forgives you (1 John 1:9). And He wants you to come to Him (Revelation 3:20-21).
For when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10). For when I am humanly weak, and therefore boldly depending on Jesus, then I am strong with the divine strength of Christ. And remember,
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me,” Philippians 4:13
Friends, let Christ free you and strengthen you today, so that you may be out of the hold your sin has on your life.
- You must repent; confess your sins to God. David leaves us a beautiful example of repentance in Psalm 51:1-4.
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord” Act 3:19
- Then, you may be redeemed by the blood of Christ poured out on the Cross.
“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.” Romans 3:23-24
- So you can run from your sin without looking back.
“Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:22
“What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means!” Romans 6:15
Repent. Be redeemed. Run. And rejoice because He is good, merciful, and loving.
Unlock the shackles of your past sin that is holding you back from living free and redeemed with the key that God has handed you in Jesus. He poured His blood so that we would never have to pour tears of shame or guilt.
“The pain you’ve been feeling can’t compare to the joy that’s coming.” Romans 8:18
Allow yourself to forgive you. He has forgiven you. Allow Him to remove the paperweight on your last chapter and set the pages free, so you can watch them scatter around the air like the flakes in a snow globe. Then, watch them slowly drift to the ground, stand up, and walk right over them, onto the next phase of your life. You are no longer held down. You are free to move on. You are free.
WE can run into God’s arms and His love, UNASHAMED of your sin because of HIS love and MERCY given to us with Jesus.