Are You Unhappy?
I am so very excited at what God is doing in our lives. I, personally, have been struggling with unhappiness and discontent as we had some financial difficulties, along with other things that were going on.
All the while, I held on for dear life to the promise of HOPE that our sweet Lord Jesus gives us. Promises that He is constantly at work in our lives - even when we can't see it!
God does promise us that we don't have to dwell in the yuk of our past! Past sins, past hurts, can and should be let go, and forgotten!
I am borrowing this wonderful snippet from Bobby Conner's book, "Times and Seasons" (p. 208-209):
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Look what happened when Christ came into your life. Ephesians 4:24 says:
"Put on your new nature, created to be like God--truly righteous and holy."
Look at how Paul expresses this in Galatians 2:20:
"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."
God's word says "stop trying to bring back to life what He has killed" -- your old life. God is saying to this weak bunch of believers "Get over it! Stop going around with the same old problems." It is time for us to bring them to the cross, let Christ deal with them, and go on -- go on to maturity. The glory of God is coming to His church in a new strong, tangible measure, and we must die to our old ways and stop clinging to our old excuses to prepare for His glorious presence. The Lord will show us what needs to be removed or rectified if we will ask Him. But it is up to us to let go of old hurts and bitter hearts, and receive the pure hearts Jesus died to give us. After all, the writer of Revelation states "Be glad, rejoice, for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and the Bride has made herself ready" (19:7)
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I can tell you from experience - there is so much joy and freedom if you can truly embrace this - and from experience, I can tell you - it can be hard - it can take a long time to truly be free. But you have to commit and decide to let go of the past! We are new creatures, all things are new, according to God. so let's do it - let's GET OVER IT! LET GO OF THE PAST PROBLEMS AND HURTS - be free from them - start over - with the freshness of a 4 year old child! It's well worth it. I promise you.
And I believe that it is what God wants for you, today, and every day.