Friday, February 27, 2015

Day 9 of My Lenten Journey

9.  Guilt

Remade paper from my guilt and sin. 
This one is heavy.  Literally.  It's the monkey on your back when you have been justly convicted or blamed either by others or the Holy Spirit.  Even when you have asked and been forgiven, this piece of mess can really hang on.  But, as Frozen states, you need to "let it go."

The best example/visual I have experienced was at a MOPS group in Sugar Land while we were living there.  There was a lady who spoke and talked about one of her particular sins.  As she spoke it hit home and I was convicted.  Then she told us how she took old paper products and made new beautiful papers out of them.  Next she asked us to write our sin on a piece of paper.  She told us to fold it up or tear it up and that she wouldn't read them.  The next process was to immerse the paper in water.   Following the "baptism" she would put them all in a blender to make pulp and start the process to make new beautiful paper.  I still have this paper in my Bible today.

"Therefore, anyone who believes in Christ is a new creation!  The old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17

It was a great way to confess that guilt, take on God's forgiveness and then let it go.  Do I ever think of that sin and feel guilty?  I do think about it, but now because recognized that there is no need for guilt and I have given it to God and asked for forgiveness, it is SOOOO much better.

Is there some guilt that is weighing on you?  Confesse it; write it down.  Tear it up.  Ask forgiveness and soak it in water.  Put it in the blender.  It's gone.

"Since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus...let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hears sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water."  Hebrews 10:19-23

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