Read: “At one time we were too foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.” Titus 3:3-7
As we begin our final week of devotions, we’re looking at what happens when we seek our self-worth by looking back into our past. When we base our self-worth on the screwups of our past, we can only see a future that’s filled with more of the same mistakes. So what do you do when your past doesn’t align with your hopes for the future? Satan can use our past failures and mistakes to keep us trapped in a cycle of shame. Living in the past, allowing it to define our identity prevents us from seeing the grace-filled goodness that God has for our future.
Getting trapped in the cycle of shame causes us to believe that we are what we’ve done - that we cannot change, and that there is no hope for a better outcome. But that isn’t true! Satan robs from us the understanding that when we accept Christ, our past is gone and we become a new creation. Because of Christ, we do have hope for a new and a BETTER future.
Don’t miss our next devotion as we explore God’s truth, and how to break free of the cycle of shame.
Pray: God, help me break free of the cycle of shame. When I get so fixated on my past, help me see the future that You have for me. Remind me that Your future is full of hope, and that I can let go of my past mistakes. In Jesus’ name, Amen.