"Taking those first steps to expose every part of myself to Jesus had been very difficult. It was a submissive decision in which I had to vulnerably admit that I was terribly lost, making mistake after mistake. As difficult as the exercise was, I counted on Him to meet me in that place of vulnerability, listening to and loving me through it. God lifted a tremendous burden from my shoulders as I sought His forgiveness then surrendered to His guidance......I still had a lot to learn, but another stepping stone toward a brighter future had provided me significant stability.
Optimism was on the horizon."
[Excerpt from my book Worthy In His Eyes: Part Three: Valley of Emotional Turmoil...Chapter Two: Surrendering Guilt]
LOOKING BACK: God is Truth. Satan is the father of lies. You have the choice whom you are going to listen to....and believe. Your choice will produce very different outcomes. One will lead to gratitude for life and all that God has in store for you, the other will lead to continual discontentment, anxiety and a disheartening lack of self-worth.
God's grace and patience is unending. Each time you seek Him, you will find Him if you are seeking Him with all of your heart. He will ease the burden of unwarranted guilt every time you surrender it to Him. When I first started to grasp this truth, I was surprised to discover how many times I had to lay those feelings before Him!! But I did lay them at His feet. Gradually a stronger, healthier and happier "Kathie" began to emerge.
Going to God's Word, or chatting with Him [prayer] gives much clearer insight to the validity and source of guilt. A genuinely repentant heart is necessary in both cases for cleansing and renewal. Only then can we go before God Almighty with confidence, asking Him to deal with Satan's intrusion. Seeking forgiveness, I can be bold in my request to prevail against it another time.
God does not want us to shrink back in fear, shame, helplessness and unwarranted guilt. Allowing ourselves to question why we are experiencing such tremendous guilt [particularly after the onset of a disability] helps clear the debris which constantly trips us up.
"But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved." Hebrews 10:39 NIV
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