There are days that I can really get hung-up on my past failures. “If only’s”, “what if’s”, “why did I or didn’t I’s”. Hang-ups that can quickly spiral emotions and thoughts downward into a bottomless black pit. Packing despair, regret, shame and guilt, all in a bag along with me. Dark & heavy baggage!

Those particular moments are a reminder of how near I am to the devil. He’s so near that I can feel his heat beginning to burn me. Burning the thankfulness and gratitude I have. Burning my joy and happiness. Burning my peace. A flame that is entirely opposite of the magnificent flame that burns in my heart for Jesus Christ. It doesn’t ignite praise, it ignites sorrow.

I read a quote by Oswald Chambers recently, and after I read it, I reflected on it for a while. It touched me so much that I began to read more and more of his quotes. There is nothing more satisfying than God’s Word, but how Oswald worded this particular quote really opened my eyes to see what I am guilty of doing so often. It’s very simple –

“He will never throw our past failures back in our faces.”

Truth!

So why am I keeping them filed in my mind, when God has put all of them in file 13? Why does anyone who believes in Jesus? But not only does He just trash them, He is so powerful, and full of grace, that they are all non-existent! And to Him, they never existed! Washed clean by the blood of Jesus Christ!

So today, I am challenged – and I pray you are, as well – set free with this truth –

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace. Ephesians 1:7

He truly uses everything for His good and for His glory!

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