Say No to Guilt & Shame!
We often make mistakes that leave us in a place of hopelessness and defeat. You may have said or done something after you promised God you would change, but now you've slipped into a dark place feeling as if there's no opportunity to move forward.
Let's consider David who is known as being a "man after God's own heart" (Acts 13:22). In 2 Samuel 11, David committed adultery and murder and even after doing so, in chapter 12, David is told through Nathan that the Lord [had taken] his sin away and that he would not die. He did experience the consequence of losing the child he conceived with Bathsheba, but how he responded to the loss is what activated God's grace and mercy over his life. 2 Samuel 12:20 states that “David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and changed his clothes. And he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. He then went to his own house. And when he asked, they set food before him, and he ate" (2 Samuel 12:20). Many did not understand David's response after he had fasted and pleaded for God to let his son live. 2 Samuel 12:24-25 tells us David and Bathsheba then conceived and gave birth to Solomon who was loved by the Lord. If David had lived a defeated life he may have missed producing the next great King.
Our mistakes occur because we still struggle with our flesh, but because of the sacrifice Jesus made “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1). Remember Jeremiah 29:11 specifically states Jesus came to give us hope and a future. We must receive his promise trust God and His word to help us overcome the obstacles and struggles we face. Like David, repent and go into a place of worship because it is through our worship that demons are defeated!