Take a few moments, inhaling and exhaling. As you sit in silence, tell me, what is that thought gnawing at you? In those moments of silence we tend to discover many different aspects about ourselves. From learning about our hopes and desires, to learning our strengths and weaknesses. Today I want to focus on that negative thought, or situation, that has held you back long enough. I know you’re thinking, I am so over it and I don’t even care about that anymore. Beloved, please be honest with yourself, for it is the only way you can grow and move on. Know your weakness, or distraction, so you can strategically move past “the hang-up”. I can personally testify, I have allowed many things in my life, mostly frequently the feeling of betrayal, to “hang me up”. Let’s take a few moments and discuss the betrayal of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In Matthew 26:14-16 we find that Judas agrees to betray Jesus:
14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
Judas was a disciple of the Lord. But yet Judas agrees to betray him for money.
47 While he was still speaking, Judas, one of the Twelve, arrived. With him was a large crowd armed with swords and clubs, sent from the chief priests and the elders of the people. 48 Now the betrayer had arranged a signal with them: “The one I kiss is the man; arrest him.” 49 Going at once to Jesus, Judas said, “Greetings, Rabbi!” and kissed him.
50 Jesus replied “Do what you came for, friend.”
We know that the Lord Jesus Christ had the power to heal the sick, give sight to the blind, and allow the lame to walk. Do you not think that he could have easily overcome Judas and the crowd of armed men? He chooses to surrender so that we might have the keys to eternal life. His surrender was not a sign of weakness, but a sure sign of strength. He accomplished what he set out to do, which was to fulfill the redemption plan of mankind. I wonder where we would be today if Jesus was “hung up” on the betrayal instead of staying focused on the goal.
It is time to let go of the weight and stop replaying, over and over again, the betrayal of the loved one. Forgive for he has forgiven you. The truth is we all make mistakes. And you, the accuser or accused, cannot stay in that place. Do not allow bitterness, malice, or angry to dictate your future. He has a plan for you and it doesn’t consist of you whaling in self-pity and hurt. Get over the hang up, not for them, but for you to truly be free. What great example Jesus set for us. Remember he is our example, he is the Golden Standard.
It saddens me to think that for so long I allowed the adversary to steal my joy and hope for a bright future: simply because I didn’t forgive. I didn’t forgive them and I didn’t forgive myself. I couldn’t let go of the hurt and embarrassment of being rejected. I stayed hung up on the disappointments for way too long, which held me back from walking in my purpose. So, I stand with you today and proclaim:
You will no longer be the same after reading this post. You will no longer hold on to the pain, shame, and embarrassment of your past hurts and disappointments. You recognize that your hope is in Christ and not in man. You will walk with confidence proclaiming the things of the kingdom. You have spiritual, emotional, and physical health and wealth.
I love you so much!!