LIFE MORE ABUNDANTLY ® LET IT GO-ARISE & WALK
By Dr. ANDREA OATES
Have you ever held on to things that you should have let go of a long time ago? Was it old clothes, wrong mindsets, negative attitudes, or certain poor relationships? Many times we have struggled carrying more than we have cared to mention. But there are times when, in our walk with God, we absolutely can go no farther until we lighten our loads.
There was a man in the Bible that needed Jesus to help him lighten his load. What was he carrying? He was weighted down by a heavy load of guilt. So much guilt that it kept him literally flat on his back. The scripture says it like this:
“And, behold, they brought to him a man sick of the palsy, lying on a bed: and Jesus seeing their faith said unto the sick of the palsy; Son, be of good cheer; thy sins be forgiven thee…Arise, and walk…” [Matthew 9:2, 5d]
Palsy, in the original language, meant one that is paralyzed, weak, and disabled. It is interesting to note the Jesus did not pray strength to his limbs. He got right down to the root of the problem-not having received the forgiveness of his sins. You see, the sin itself wasn’t an issue anymore. It was a thing of the past that was crippling his present and threatening his future. The result is that he lost his joy, his health, and his will to live. He began to live a life of depression, sadness, and sorrow.
In fact, the man didn’t go to Jesus of his own accord even though Jesus called him His son. He had a right to God’s forgiveness, but perhaps he was ashamed of the mistakes he had made, didn’t think he deserved to be in God’s presence, or didn’t think that God’s grace was sufficient for him. It was this man’s friends that took him to Jesus. They bridged the gap and interceded. Because of their faith, he received exactly what he needed to get that huge weight off of him and restore his life. What was it that he needed? He needed to know that his sins were forgiven!!! So if I may, I would like to intercede for you today.
The only option we have as believers when we sin it to repent. Repentance means to turn away from something that is not pleasing to God. But it does not mean to turn back the hands of time and correct your mistakes. In fact, God was so adamant about His people continuing to go forward and not being bound by their past that He sent Jesus to die for our sins. Why is that important? Hebrews 10 says that God was not pleased with animal sacrifices for sin because the people were bound in a cycle of sin consciousness that prevented their growth. Every year they would be stuck in the same position. But God’s perfect will is for us to forgive and forget not just with others, but also with ourselves. And like God does, according to Psalm 103, we are to let it go.
So what is it that you’re still holding on to? How long have you carried the guilt? How much time have you lost mulling over things that you simply cannot change? The Bible commands us to forget those things that are behind us and turn our focus to our future in God. Again, the Word says to lay aside every weight and sin that would get us off track.
Don’t get the message wrong. By no means am I advocating sin. In fact, the Bible forbids us from using God’s grace to justify remaining in sinful behavior [Romans 6:1-2]. This message is for those that have truly changed their ways, but have allowed the devil to condemn them for past mistakes. God’s beloved-realize this. You cannot change the past. But you can live for God in the present.
Don’t let anything keep you from growing in God and accomplishing His will in your life. None of us are without sins of the past. But, by the grace of God, we can rise up again-even after failing numerous times-like just ones do. And it is all to the glory of God.
Don’t be bound another moment. In fact, let’s pray now:
“Heavenly Father, we both know that I am not perfect. And there are some sins of my past that I have had a very hard time forgiving myself for. Lord, I confess not forgiving myself as sin. Jesus, You died for me so that I am no longer bound by past mistakes. Therefore, I forgive myself, as You have also forgiven me. Now help me to walk in Your love and grace with myself and with others. May I never allow my past to separate me from Your love or calling upon my life. Today, at this very moment, I choose to be free from the pains, ghosts, skeletons, and hurts of my past. I declare that I am set free by the precious, ever-living Blood of Jesus Christ. I boldly declare that I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.”
Now, my brother or sister in Christ, your sins are forgiven. God has not covered or concealed them. He has literally taken them away. Now I encourage you to let it go. And arise and walk… MEDITATION SCRIPTURES Psalm 103; Proverbs 24:16; Matthew 9:2,5; Mark 2:5,9; Luke 5:20-26, 7:47; Hebrews 9:14, 10:1-39, 12:1; Philippians 3:13