So for the past few months, I have purposed to find verses that support the truth that I’m forgiven, a new creation in Christ…my past is behind me and has no place in my present or my future. One morning as I was reading through Psalm 18 I came across an absolute gem that I want to share with you. Psalm 18:23 “I was blameless before him, and I kept myself from my guilt.” I kept myself from my guilt. So if I can keep myself FROM my guilt, then I can also keep myself IN my guilt and why would I do that?! When those thoughts creep into my head rehashing my mistakes and my sins, I need to shift my thought and recall verses like Philippians 3:13-14 which says, “Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” When I sit in the muck and mire of my past, I cease straining ahead toward the life that God has planned for me because I get caught up in the thoughts that He can’t use me. How self-centered and arrogant those thoughts are and just plain useless.
Another critical application of this verse in Psalm 18 is to keep myself from doing that which makes me feel guilty in the first place. There is no way to not sin, I’m going to do it every day. However, if I watch my steps, follow closely to God and his direction for my life, then I’m less likely to make the big mistakes that cause me pain. I must remember that though I may be tempted to fall into the trap of my past, or even new sins, God has already provided an escape for me. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” Awesome!! I belong to a God who says look, I know you’re going to stumble and you’re going to sin so how about you just trust me to help you?
My prayer now is that I never turn away from God again. That when I do sin,I want to repent immediately and not let there be any time that passes between me and God that would cause damage to our relationship. God is good and faithful and he will keep me no matter what the circumstance I just need to keep seeking Him and drawing closer. There is no “too close” to God. This life I have I live for Him because there is no other way for me to live. I’ve done it on my own and I only mess things up.
Praying that you will find the desire in your heart to reach out to God and give Him your life completely. There’s nothing easy about it and it may come with pain, but the joy on the other side is amazing and truly unexplainable. You must experience it to fully understand the magnificance of life completely surrendered to the God of the Universe who loves YOU!