“He has cleansed our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!” Hebrews 9:14 (NIV)
Some days it’s just plain hard to stop it.
The video running in my head. The day I yelled at my child. The afternoon when I missed it, thinking the big thing was really a little thing.
If I don’t push the stop button, the scenes will play on and on, finishing with one year and picking up with the next. As they play, my thoughts begin to tell my emotions where to go, providing the backdrop music for this movie of shame, failure, sadness, regret.
I may feel helpless, but Christ tells me He has come into my life to push stop on these videos, disconnect the playback button and then delete these mind movies.
“How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God!” Hebrews 9:14 (NIV)
Friend, there it is in black and white: Christ’s blood cleanses our conscience from those acts we have been guilty of that have lead to death – the death of our relationships, our loves, our blessings. We have been cleansed so that we may serve the living God!
Yes, we’ve messed up. There is no doubt about that! But because of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, we no longer have to push “play” and revisit those scenes over and over again. The fact is: no matter how many times we go over them and revisit those memories, we cannot fix what is in the past. Our replaying does not accomplish good in us or for us. He has set us free to no longer go there and now we must trust Him to do what only He can do to redeem those situations.
He has set you free, cleansed your heart and mind. Today, let’s replay this message over and over and over again. Let’s find the power we need to serve Him in the power that has cleansed us and set us free!