Today we are fasting from the thought that says: "I just can't forgive myself."
Who hasn't thought that at one time or another? The devil would love to keep us in self-condemnation for the things we have done or failed to do. He knows it paralyzes us and prevents us from making the impact that God intended for us.
LET'S CHANGE IT TODAY
1. Realize that we only deserve forgiveness because of the blood of Jesus. Its not because our mistakes "never happened," or "it wasn't that bad". Give up rationalizations and excuses. Receive God’s mercy.
2. It WAS THAT bad, but God is even MORE good! James 2:13 says mercy triumphs over judgment. His mercy toward you TRUMPS your judgment over yourself. In Luke 22:34, Peter denied the Lord three times, and Jesus forgave him. Later, Peter preached the first sermon after Jesus rose from the dead, and 3000 people were saved in a day! Peter was able to forgive himself when he knew Jesus had accepted him. In the same way, realize that you have been accepted by God, no matter what you have done—simply by believing in His finished work on the cross.
3. Give up your right to hold against yourself ANYTHING that God Himself does not hold against you. If God can forgive you, you can forgive yourself. His standard is absolute perfection, and He forgives you. Psalm 103:12 says, "As far as east is from west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us."
4. Stop rehearsing what you did. It's done. It's over. Now accept the second chance (or third or fourth…) that God offers. Philippians 3:10 says "forgetting what lies behind, and reaching forward... " Reaching forward starts in your thought life.
5. Believe that guilt doesn't come from God. He doesn't impose guilt on you to try to get you to stop doing something. Romans 2:4 says it is His lovingkindness that draws us to repentance. Since this guilt and shame doesn't come from God, there can be only one other source—the devil. James 4:7 says, "Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from you."
6. Give up the SELF-PUNISHMENT. Some people think subconsciously: "I'll make myself feel bad to pay for what has been done." Why should we pay the price that has ALREADY been paid for what we've done wrong? Stop beating yourself up. Whatever we have done that we can't seem to forgive ourselves for, is already forgiven. By trying to "pay for what we have done," we are doubting & insulting the very blood of Jesus that HAS PAID the price in full. Accept His free gift.(Ephesians 1:7).
THINK IT & SAY IT
I receive mercy today, because of the blood of Jesus. Though I didn't deserve it, God proclaims over me, that I am "not guilty." Where I have failed, God's mercy triumphs over judgment.
I give up my right today to hold ANYTHING against myself. I deserve to be punished, but Jesus took THAT punishment for me. I forget what lies behind and press on, moving forward in my life with God, even though I feel like I have blown it beyond repair.
I reject this guilt and self-condemnation that the devil is trying to put on me. God is the God of second chances. I will no longer try to make myself feel bad to pay for what I've done. The price for what I did or failed at has been paid in full by Jesus’ blood!
-Courtesy of Gregory Dickow Ministries