Let It Go! God Has.

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Wow, I can’t believe it’s already mid-January. I hope you’ve been refreshed and revived with the start of a New Year.

I love the word, “new”. Don’t you?

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come~ 2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV

Today, I’m praising God for the newness of grace.

The cleanness of grace.

The freshness grace.

The let’s-start-this-over-ness of grace.

I’ve really been pondering GRACE for the past few months. Perhaps because I’ve need so much of it lately.

This morning, my mind travelled back to the day I met Rosa at an event in Mexico City.

She stood in line for nearly an hour waiting for everyone to clear away. With the help of an interpreter, Rosa poured out her heart.

When she was in her twenties, she married and had two small children. Her husband was not pleased when she discovered that she was pregnant with their third child. “You cannot have another baby,” he said. “You must have an abortion or I’m going to leave you.”

Rosa was torn. Like her husband, she did not want this baby. Her marriage was in shambles, their finances were in a mess, and she was exhausted trying to keep up with the two little ones she already had.

However, her religious convictions told her that abortion was wrong. The fear of living without her husband’s support drove Rosa to the abortion clinic. But before the procedure began, she changed her mind and ran from the building.

“I did not have the abortion,” Rosa said with tears in her eyes, “but I wanted to. My daughter is now twenty-one years old and has been the joy of my life. Of all my children, she treats me the best. But I have carried this guilt around with me for all these years. How could I have considered aborting her? What kind of person am I?”

Rosa broke down in sobs as I and the interpreter tried to comfort her. She had asked God to forgive her, and truly believed that He had. But she could not forgive herself.

For twenty-one years, Satan whispered a lie into her heart: “This is the child you didn’t want. This is the child you almost killed. What kind of person are you?”

Rosa had believed the lie, but on that steamy July day, she learned to hold up her shield of faith and extinguish the fiery arrows.

“Rosa, do you believe that God forgave you?”

“Yes.”

“Rosa, do you believe that what Jesus did for you on the cross was enough to pay for the penalty of your sins?”

“Yes.”

“Do you believe 1 John 1:9 that says if you confess your sins, God is faithful and just and will forgive your sins and purify you from all unrighteousness?”

“Yes.”

“Sister, you are forgiven. It is the enemy who is lying to you and whispering words of shame and condemnation. He is the accuser, but God has already stamped ‘Not guilty’ on your heart. Jesus came to set you free. Don’t hold out your hands for Satan to slap on those handcuffs of guilt and condemnation any longer.”

That day, Rosa chose to reject the devil’s lie and take hold of God’s truth.

And the next day…and the next…and the next.

C.S. Lewis wrote, “Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing yet had been done.”

New. Grace.

How about you? Have you taken hold of that for which Christ Jesus has taken hold of you?

Have you release the guilt of your past and embraced the grace of God?

Don’t let the enemy taunt you with something God has already forgiven you for.

Be free.

Live free.

Start new.

Jesus gave His life so you could.

If you are ready to take hold of your forgiveness and live in the freedom of Jesus Christ, them leave a comment and say, “I’m taking hold!”

If you already have, then leave a comment that says, “Praise God, I already have!”

I’ll randomly pick one name from the comments and send a FREE copy of Your Scars are Beautiful to God: Finding Peace and Purpose in the Hurts of Your Past.

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174 Responses to Let It Go! God Has.

  1. Deanna anglin January 13, 2016 at 2:05 pm #

    IM TAKING HOLD , God is my rock , he is my salvation , I VE been given authority over the enemy , I’m AM a child of the most high God , I am REDEEMED! I am set free , I love you lord , thank you for your sacrifice ! You are too good to me !

  2. Jlie January 14, 2016 at 4:36 am #

    I am taking hold of Gods forgiveness, I am taking hold of His grace, this is a new day. Thankyou Lord for your mercy and grace.

  3. Debra Munava January 14, 2016 at 4:37 am #

    Praise God! I already have.

  4. Debra Munava January 14, 2016 at 4:41 am #

    Praise God! I already have

  5. Lynn Layman January 14, 2016 at 5:00 am #

    God knew I needed to be reminded of this promise. Forgiveness and freedom from past mistakes. I have been recently able to let go and trust God in a way I haven’t been able to before. I’m believing and trusting His love deeper each day. Now working on loving myself the way He loves me. Thanks
    For this message.

  6. Esmeralda James January 14, 2016 at 5:03 am #

    Praise God, I already have!

  7. Carmen A Maldonado January 14, 2016 at 5:20 am #

    Praise God, I already have!!

  8. Christie Lynne January 14, 2016 at 5:21 am #

    For many years I too, felt similar to Rosa, but for different reasons. Then, at a retreat, the point of being perfect in God was illustrated using a tree.

    A four-inch sapling was shown, and we were told that God had given it His love – the sunlight, the rain, nutrients…and it was a perfect tree. Then we were shown a foot tall sapling, it was also given the sunshine, the dew, the nutrition from the ground…It was perfect in God’s sight. A three foot tall little tree was brought in, God had given it the sunlight, the rain, the nutrients, and it was perfect in His sight. Then a seven-foot tree was brought in, and God had given it what all that He’d given the four-inch sapling… and it was perfect in His sight.

    I realized, it didn’t matter to the Lord if I was a new Christian or a mature Christian, I could be perfect in His sight just where I was. He loved me and gave me the sunlight, the rain, the nutrients to help me to grow, He wasn’t sparing the best of His love for those that were mature…He loves me too. Jesus loves ME. Me….

    I am so grateful for that illustration several years back, I am grateful to know that I am important to Him every bit as much as you, as anyone else. Thank God He has enough love and forgiveness to go around for each one. And I am grateful that when I am growing, He will mature me into the fruit-bearing tree He has in mind for me to be….apple or cherry or peach, and I will not try to be a different kind of tree than what He plans.

    Thank you. God bless and keep each one.

    • Sharon Jaynes January 14, 2016 at 9:26 am #

      Christie, that is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing that illustration. I will carry that in my heart!

      • Gina January 20, 2016 at 11:49 am #

        I’d like to take hold but I’m so weak and broken and unworthy. I’m garbage. I’m so sad and hurt and just can’t see my way out.

        • Sharon Jaynes January 26, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

          Gina: That is simply not true. You are God’s child. Don’t give up. I’m pulling for you. God always makes a way. Look for it. Seize it. You can do it one step at a time.

  9. Liz Mbula January 14, 2016 at 5:34 am #

    “I’m taking hold”

  10. Ann Lezamiz January 14, 2016 at 5:41 am #

    I’m taking hold!

    Thank you, Sharon, for reminding me of God’s everlasting love and grace!

  11. Bobbie Miga January 14, 2016 at 5:43 am #

    Praise God, I already have! New mercies every morning.

  12. Jill Presnell January 14, 2016 at 5:56 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  13. Amanda January 14, 2016 at 5:57 am #

    I’m taking hold

  14. Betty Frizzell January 14, 2016 at 6:05 am #

    Praise God I already have. He carries all my burdens, so I may live free.

  15. Cathy Pearce January 14, 2016 at 6:10 am #

    This is beautiful because I am dealing with a terrible time with my mother and her having forgiveness over something insignificant

    She actually wants to sever the relationship because of something insignificant I don’t understand and I’m just paying she has not had a change in her health

  16. Connie Sue Dyer January 14, 2016 at 6:15 am #

    Praise God, I already have!
    Enjoy your blog…keep up the good work. This world needs you and the comfort you provide.

  17. Judy Morrison January 14, 2016 at 6:16 am #

    Each day I am encouraged by your words. They are as if you’re talking directly to me.

    God bless you.

  18. Shannon Cunningham January 14, 2016 at 6:21 am #

    Praise God! I ready have!

  19. Carrie Marshall January 14, 2016 at 6:25 am #

    I am taking hold! Thank you Jesus!

  20. Lee Anne January 14, 2016 at 6:26 am #

    Praise the Lord! Relying on God today as I continue to let go of all guilt and shame.
    Great devo, Sharon!

  21. Laura January 14, 2016 at 6:32 am #

    I’m taking hold.

  22. Tina Brown January 14, 2016 at 6:34 am #

    I’m taking hold! Praise God, I’m taking hold! Thank you for this devotion this morning.

  23. Yvonne Johnson January 14, 2016 at 6:34 am #

    I’m taking hold, Amen

  24. Margaret January 14, 2016 at 6:41 am #

    I realy believe Jesus has forgiven me now I have to keep saying it when the evil one tries to tell me otherwise. I AM A NEW CREATION
    AMEN

  25. Karen January 14, 2016 at 6:44 am #

    Praise God, I already have!

  26. Mary A January 14, 2016 at 6:46 am #

    I am taking hold. I try so hard to remember that we have to begin every day asking God’s forgiveness and knowing that the forgiveness is granted. Like Rosa, I carry the guilt from wanting my pregnancy to go away. I never attempted abortion, but the emotion was there.

    Because of my guilt I have tried for over 40 years to make it up to my daughter. You can imagine what kind of relationship we have had because of this guilt. She has been able to manipulate me and I act on the guilt by giving her what she wants and trying to prove how much I love her.

    So in the end, my guilt has not hurt just me, but has also hurt my daughter. Just now I am beginning to establish boundaries that will help her to become more self-sufficient and less dependent on me.

    For those who can’t get rid of their guilt, be forewarned—it is a poison that will taint your every relationship. Let our precious Lord help you receive the forgiveness He intended when He was nailed to the cross. Our sins died there with Him. He triumphed over that death, and we should be able to triumph over our past sins knowing that His blood atoned for them if we only believe.

  27. Jillian courcy January 14, 2016 at 6:50 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  28. Em January 14, 2016 at 6:53 am #

    I am running towards being with my dearest best friend Mom to help her with pass to God and I’m scared to death The fear is such despair and its paralyzing. I’m afraid to let her go and want to scream. No you can’t I still need you. So sad as I sit at the airport gate alone and wanting to depart for any other port in a storm except the one I face

    • Sharon Jaynes January 14, 2016 at 9:24 am #

      Em, I’m so sorry. I have been right where you are. I sat with my mom for 6 weeks as she made her cross-over journey. It was a bitter sweet time for both of us. I pray that you will drink in every moment of your time with her, and it will be a treasure that you keep within your heart. One thing my mom said to me was, “Not every one gets to have this time with the ones they love before they die. I’m thankful that we get to say this long good-bye.”

  29. Stephanie Hopson January 14, 2016 at 6:54 am #

    Praise God, I already have!

  30. Susan Mikeska January 14, 2016 at 7:08 am #

    Praise God! I already have! I choose daily not to let Satan slap those chains back on me.

  31. Sue Terry January 14, 2016 at 7:12 am #

    I am taking hold!

  32. Betsy January 14, 2016 at 7:12 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  33. ileana January 14, 2016 at 7:16 am #

    Praise God, I already have

  34. Carolyn B January 14, 2016 at 7:26 am #

    Praise God, I already have.

  35. Karon January 14, 2016 at 7:26 am #

    Praise God, I already have!

  36. Kim January 14, 2016 at 7:29 am #

    I too, like Rosa share the same story only i did go through with the abortion. 15 years later i met Jesus and I know He forgave me and find comfort in His word especially Romans 8:1 “There is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus…” so i say,”Praise God I already have!” yet there are still times when the enemy tries to whisper’ so i say’ “I’m taking hold!”

  37. Sascha Easterling January 14, 2016 at 7:33 am #

    I’m taking hold.

    It’s a new year, a new day, and “I am taking hold”

    Thank you for the message. I needed it this morning.

  38. Corena January 14, 2016 at 7:38 am #

    When I feel battered and worn in the valley that’s when it’s easy to allow guilt and shame over the smallest of iniquities. But knowing that my sweet Lord has forgiven me but used all of it to make me His worthy to have a relationship with Jesus is amazing!
    On the flip side it forces me to love and forgive with His grace as well.

  39. Diane Smith January 14, 2016 at 7:42 am #

    Awesome devotion and so true. I take hold of Gods promise for forgiveness and I receive it in the name of Jesus. I am new and his grace and mercy is new every day. Be blessed Sharon and God grace and mercy be upon you as you carry the word out to his people.

    Diane Smith

  40. Lisa January 14, 2016 at 7:43 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  41. Connie January 14, 2016 at 7:47 am #

    Praise God, I already have. My peace in my heart is the greatest. Struggles still come, but I get through them.

  42. Grace Babirye January 14, 2016 at 7:49 am #

    I am taking hold

  43. Donna Estes January 14, 2016 at 7:53 am #

    Praise God! I already have!

  44. Kim January 14, 2016 at 8:08 am #

    I’m taking hold!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m taking Hold!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! AMEN…

  45. Kiki Williams January 14, 2016 at 8:09 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  46. GIna Cheney January 14, 2016 at 8:14 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  47. Kat Teeple January 14, 2016 at 8:15 am #

    I am taking hold

  48. Miriam January 14, 2016 at 8:15 am #

    “I’M TAKING HOLD

  49. Carole January 14, 2016 at 8:16 am #

    Thank you Sharon for sharing this post! I have been holding on to my guilt for over 40 years and am happy to say “Praise God! I’m taking hold!”

  50. Cindie January 14, 2016 at 8:19 am #

    Thank You Lord for forgiveness, grace, new beginnings, hope, faith. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you a hope and a future. God, You sustain those You created!

  51. Joanie January 14, 2016 at 8:22 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  52. Diana January 14, 2016 at 8:25 am #

    Praise God! My savior and stronghold !

  53. April January 14, 2016 at 8:34 am #

    I’m taking hold!!!!!

  54. Shelly petrucci January 14, 2016 at 8:34 am #

    I already have ! Thank you Jesus!!!

  55. Karen Daggett January 14, 2016 at 8:36 am #

    Dear Sharon,
    Thank you for talking about grace and for the encouragement to live in AND out the freedom that we really do have in Christ. Oh to be a woman who extends grace from the abundance that our Lord extends to me, daily. Oh to savor the freedom that He died for us to have. I’m thrilled for Rosa. May God bless your ministry. Karen

  56. Denetta Armstead January 14, 2016 at 8:39 am #

    Praise God I already have. And I continue to daily!

  57. Kayla January 14, 2016 at 8:49 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  58. Carla Tobey January 14, 2016 at 8:51 am #

    PTL I already have and will try to renew this each day while humbly thanking my father for his intending GRACE

  59. Brenda Engel January 14, 2016 at 8:54 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  60. Deacon Ada Hamlett January 14, 2016 at 8:58 am #

    Praise God, I already have.

  61. Judy Jamischak January 14, 2016 at 8:59 am #

    I was a little torn as to which response would be mine, but I realized “Praise God” would be the right response. Yes there are things in my past that I am ashamed of, and things I don’t want to tell others of – they are private between God and me – but because of His forgiveness I don;t need to admit them to anyone else. However I don’t forget them. Just as we can forgive an abuser or gossip or some other offense against us that has brought harm and pain, we don’t then put ourselves back in a position with that person to be harmed or hurt again. We need to remember so we can learn from it.

    Praise God that He has made a way for us to get past our past.

  62. Melissa January 14, 2016 at 9:02 am #

    I’m taking hold !!

  63. Laura January 14, 2016 at 9:04 am #

    I’m taking hold… Praise God, I already have, but as C. S. Lewis said, I must do it anew today, and so I will. I am taking up the breastplate of “There-is-therefore-now-no-condemnation” and the belt of “His-mercies-are-new-evry-morning”, and the helmet of “Whoever-calls-on-the-name-of-the-Lord-will-not-be-put-shame” and the gospel shoes of “being-kept-in-perfect-peace-as-my-mind-is-stayed-upon-Him”…
    You get the idea! I choose to clothe myself in His Love and Truth, His compassion that never fails. This armor has no holes or kinks. It works!! But only if we put it on! And sooner or later, we will figure out that He gave it to us because He knew we would not be able to function without it. 🙂

    Thank You, patient Father!

    You go before me in each battle. And You are my rear guard. And You keep rescuing me and also, giving me skill, as I practice, with the weapons.

    As the song says, You are perfect in all of your ways! You’re a good good Father! It’s who You are!!

    Hallelujah for grace sufficient for each day, each moment. Grace that truly is greater than all my sin and keeps me abiding in You…

    Amen!! <3

  64. Dana Partin January 14, 2016 at 9:07 am #

    I’m taking hold!!

  65. Angela Cox January 14, 2016 at 9:08 am #

    Praise God, I already have!!

  66. Emily January 14, 2016 at 9:16 am #

    Praise God, I already have!
    And then life happens and I have to take hold!
    🙂
    Thank you for sharing your journey and your faith. Satan loves to shame us and isolate us…the light we share with each other is such a blessing. A tangible piece of God’s grace in our day.

  67. Debra January 14, 2016 at 9:18 am #

    I’m, taking hold!!

  68. Sylvia Renteria January 14, 2016 at 9:20 am #

    Praise God, I already have!”

  69. Patricia Cavaliere January 14, 2016 at 9:30 am #

    Praise God, I already have.

  70. Rella January 14, 2016 at 9:32 am #

    Praise the lord I am forgiven and free

  71. Shasta January 14, 2016 at 9:37 am #

    I’m taking hold!!!!

  72. Linda Peterson January 14, 2016 at 9:43 am #

    Praise God, I already have!

  73. Patty January 14, 2016 at 9:48 am #

    Thank for such a powerful reminder of God’s amazing grace! I’m determined to let go!

  74. Ede Andrade January 14, 2016 at 9:49 am #

    Both. Praise God, I already have. I’m taking hold!!

  75. Jane Botha January 14, 2016 at 10:05 am #

    Praise God, I already have

  76. Susan Berger January 14, 2016 at 10:12 am #

    It is so easy for the evil one to take hold of our minds and constantly try and make us feel
    guilty for something we may have done in our past, but the passage you wrote about Rosa
    put things in perspective for me. Asking for forgiveness and knowing that we have been
    forgiven by our Almighty Father really helped me to realize that the evil one is constantly
    trying to invade our minds and to constantly torment us. Thank you Sharon, I needed this!

    • Sharon Jaynes January 14, 2016 at 11:55 am #

      So glad! Praise God for the reminders! I need them too.

  77. Varsha Nankoo January 14, 2016 at 10:12 am #

    “Praise God, I already have!, And continuing to do so on a daily basis!

  78. Christine January 14, 2016 at 10:33 am #

    I’m taking hold!!!

  79. Brenda January 14, 2016 at 10:34 am #

    I’m taking hold. Please pray for me.

    • Diane January 15, 2016 at 7:01 am #

      I’m praying for you

  80. Janice January 14, 2016 at 10:40 am #

    I’m taking hold!!

  81. Rachael January 14, 2016 at 10:43 am #

    Thank you for the reminder that if we ask forgiveness He does forgive us and we are free and to remind the devil he is a liar.

  82. Linda N January 14, 2016 at 10:46 am #

    I’m sort of between “Praise God, I already have” and “I’m taking hold.” Some areas of my past I’ve moved on in forgiveness, but still have a few lingering regrets that pick at my heart every now & then. With the power of the Holy Spirit, I will take hold of them & forgive myself.

  83. Lonette Mims January 14, 2016 at 10:54 am #

    Praise God! I already have!

  84. Janaïne January 14, 2016 at 10:55 am #

    Praise God, I already have!

  85. Debbie Vail January 14, 2016 at 10:55 am #

    I’m taking hold!
    I’m in another valley. This one is a bit different. I know that I have been a good mother to this child , but still his actions and words display to him that I don’t care and love him and his wife. He is an adult with two kids, he parents very differently then his dad and I did.
    We displayed grace over and over to this child by showing him forgiveness and love . Saying no to an adult child is okay. Now if only my heart would only hear the Lord’s voice and not the enemy’s.

    • Sharon Jaynes January 14, 2016 at 11:53 am #

      Debbie: I will pray that you will listen to God’s voice and not the enemy. Setting boundaries is sooooo hard. But necessary.
      Consider yourself hugged today!

  86. Misty McCoy January 14, 2016 at 10:57 am #

    Praise God!!!….for hope, for peace, for new beginnings!
    Each day I will lean on God and praise him….for in Him, I am truly free!

  87. Shelly Easter January 14, 2016 at 11:06 am #

    I already have! Praise God.

  88. Veronica Nelome January 14, 2016 at 11:08 am #

    “I’m taking Hold”

  89. Pat S January 14, 2016 at 11:13 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  90. Valerie Goble January 14, 2016 at 11:14 am #

    I’m taking hold!!

  91. Paula January 14, 2016 at 11:19 am #

    I’m taking hold!!!!

  92. Kay Andersen January 14, 2016 at 11:21 am #

    “Praise God, I already have!”

  93. Jane Reisner January 14, 2016 at 11:33 am #

    Praise God I already have!!!

  94. Barbara Kennedy January 14, 2016 at 11:40 am #

    “I’m taking hold!”

  95. sarah January 14, 2016 at 11:49 am #

    im taking hold!!! im tired of holding on to the pain and disappointment of my recent divorce

  96. sarah January 14, 2016 at 11:50 am #

    thank you sharon

  97. sarah hairston January 14, 2016 at 11:51 am #

    thank you sharon for all your words of encouragement

    • sarah hairston January 14, 2016 at 11:52 am #

      thanks

      • refiloe January 14, 2016 at 2:48 pm #

        Praise God, I already have

  98. Carol Cline January 14, 2016 at 11:55 am #

    “Praise the Lord, I already have!”

    Thank you for the C.S. Lewis quote…also Sharon I am sure you have heard about the program of take a word at the beginning of a New Year. Well, this year my word is “Grace”. it is so awesome …how the Lord has actively been working with my soul-mind-heart. My Adonai is mighty. HE cares.
    You are a blessings to me…

  99. Valerie Beausoleil January 14, 2016 at 12:26 pm #

    Praise God, I already have…

  100. Alex January 14, 2016 at 12:33 pm #

    I want to take hold, but I feel like past taints who I am. I feel like it has marred me in ways that I do not want to be. I have worked so hard to shed the burdens, and yet I wonder if it is the script of my life is to carry this until the day I die. The one good part is the compassion it gives me for others who hurt, and the ability to encourage others in their pain. But for me, I feel continually separated from God to a degree and cannot imagine His love for me when I have experienced such loss of love in my life. I am not complaining, but it is such a great burden to always feel that I am not worth being loved. I beg him for mercy every day.

  101. Latrelle January 14, 2016 at 12:36 pm #

    “Praise God, I already have!”

  102. teresa January 14, 2016 at 12:59 pm #

    thank you for posting something I really needed to read and believe and share, GOD is Good

  103. maureen January 14, 2016 at 1:21 pm #

    I keep looking back on my past as I get older what I did I feel ashamed but I have to remind myself God died on the cross so that I am forgiven and to move forward and to thank Jesus always for what He suffered for that I should live

  104. Lu H January 14, 2016 at 1:26 pm #

    And satan knows our weaknesses. TY! for reminding me Grace trumps evil! <3

  105. Sandra January 14, 2016 at 1:28 pm #

    I am taking hold!!!

  106. JoAnn January 14, 2016 at 1:38 pm #

    I’m taking hold! Again. Praise God!

  107. Sharon DeFelice January 14, 2016 at 1:44 pm #

    Praise God, I already have and THANK YOU JESUS. In Jesus name.

  108. Beth January 14, 2016 at 3:35 pm #

    I’m taking hold of forgiveness!

  109. Cathy January 14, 2016 at 3:47 pm #

    ” I’m taking hold “

  110. Cathy January 14, 2016 at 3:49 pm #

    My past has haunted me long enough !

  111. Fay January 14, 2016 at 4:02 pm #

    Praise God, I have already.

  112. Marianne January 14, 2016 at 4:06 pm #

    Praise the LORD, I already have!!! 🙂

  113. Alicia January 14, 2016 at 4:28 pm #

    I already have !! But, I did not accept it at first until like your story, my husband said to me, “Do you believe i God?” Yes was my reply. He said, “Well, if you believe and you know that Jesus died on that cross, then what you are saying is that He did it for everyone else but you”. That hit me between the eyes. I accepted and struggled for a while with the enemies lies but he finally got tired of trying to make me pick up those guilt chains again.

    Thank you for reminding e of how far i have come, BECAUSE OF HIM!

    In His Love,
    Alicia

  114. MKGilbert January 14, 2016 at 6:29 pm #

    Thanx for that encouraging message! Why is it so terribly difficult to forgive myself? I work real hard on forgiving others, and usually believe the Father forgives us…

  115. Billie January 14, 2016 at 6:46 pm #

    “Praise God, I already have!”

  116. Wanda Perez January 14, 2016 at 11:49 pm #

    “I’m taking hold!”… “Praise God, I already have!”…”GOD HAS SET ME FREE!”

  117. Denise Thompson January 15, 2016 at 1:26 am #

    Praise God I already have.

  118. Georgea Green January 15, 2016 at 6:58 am #

    Praise God I am forgiven!

  119. Lynn January 15, 2016 at 8:13 am #

    So much guilt that I have been carrying around from high school to know that I hear the whispers “what if people you teach etc. knew!” I know what Gods word says but this devotional has challenged me to take hold of Him and His promises. Thank you for sharing at this time

    • Sharon Jaynes January 15, 2016 at 11:38 am #

      Oh Lynn. I bet if the people you teach knew, your teaching would go to a whole other level. The devil wants you to keep it to yourself, but the moment you share it, let people know how God got you through it and forgave you, the devil has lost. He will do everything he can to keep you from sharing it. If you would like to chat more, you can email me at sharon@localhost/sjold.

  120. Katrina S. January 15, 2016 at 8:48 am #

    Praise God, I already have!

  121. Amanda January 15, 2016 at 9:41 am #

    I’m letting go!

  122. Amanda January 15, 2016 at 9:43 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  123. Joy January 15, 2016 at 9:44 am #

    I’m taking hold…

  124. joan January 15, 2016 at 10:06 am #

    Praise God, I already have.

  125. Rhonda Stewart January 15, 2016 at 10:09 am #

    I am taking hold! God is good all the time! I am glad to be a child of the King.

  126. Aileen January 15, 2016 at 11:51 am #

    I’m taking hold! God is always in my side that no matter how difficult my situation right now God will reveal his words to me and provide me a happeness. My Husband and I is temporarily separated but because we have to see the whole family we pretend we’re getting better. His kids and his brother know what happening right now on us. I felt so sad, lots of fear because we are at the place of my husband family thinking how they will act in front of me. The feeling of unconfortable, worry of what thier thinking on me is always on my mind. But I learn to trust God and when I feel so down I try to close my eyes and soak my my mind in God words and it really helping me a lot. I can’t to go home and hide. Pls. Help and pray for me for my marriage restoration.

  127. Janet iliff January 15, 2016 at 1:16 pm #

    Taking hold <3

  128. D January 15, 2016 at 1:19 pm #

    I am taking hold! This is exactly where i am right now! God has been very gentle and patient with me in over coming my disbelief. God is good all the time!

  129. Chris Stark January 15, 2016 at 3:08 pm #

    Praise God, I already have

  130. Sherrie Ashenbremer January 15, 2016 at 5:13 pm #

    God is so good to us, I am so happy to be a child of the most high God

  131. Sheila Fruster January 15, 2016 at 6:36 pm #

    I’m taking hold on this day. Thank you for letting me see that God has already forgiven me.

  132. Michelle January 15, 2016 at 10:03 pm #

    I’m taking hold! Thank you

  133. Jacinta January 15, 2016 at 10:44 pm #

    I know God has forgiven me

  134. jeannie quintero January 16, 2016 at 12:10 am #

    I am taking hold. Praise God, I already have!

  135. Phyllis January 16, 2016 at 8:02 am #

    Today I am taking hold of Gods forgiveness. When my first born died of a rare cancer, I secretly believed that God was punishing ME for past mistakes/behavior. Now I know that was the lie that Satan would like me to believe. I accept Christ as my Lord and Savior! Thank God from who all blessings flow!

  136. April January 16, 2016 at 10:15 pm #

    Praise God, I already have.

  137. Pamela Burke January 16, 2016 at 11:57 pm #

    I am taking hold!

  138. Daisy January 17, 2016 at 12:32 am #

    Praise God!! I already have.

  139. catherinebrown January 18, 2016 at 12:13 am #

    Praise GOD I already have.

  140. Evalari Tariang January 18, 2016 at 1:54 am #

    With the teaching and verses that I got from you Sharon its a Blessing to me and my family. Thank you so much. Please Sharon could you mail me again like before those Girlfriends in God.
    Praise God, I already have.

  141. Chrissy gambone January 18, 2016 at 11:49 am #

    Everyday family issues that may not be everyday for usual family members seemed to have cursed my family, I am constantly renewing my faith in God and rebuking the Devils hold on my daughter. I repent everyday because the devil has convinced me that I am the cause of her problems. Her problems have engulfed our entire family. Some days I can’t see an end to the insanity. Some days I feel the peace of God but most days I don’t, it’s a constant strugle. I am holding on!

  142. angela jordan January 18, 2016 at 10:59 pm #

    Im taking hold

  143. raechel January 20, 2016 at 3:08 am #

    Thank you for that message. I struggle with low self esteem and extreme worry. To the point where I cannot sleep at night and I wake up so so exhausted. I worry about things that I have no control of and I worry with out realizing I’m worrying until sometime says something to me. I know worry is a sin, but how I control it? my son was badly beaten by some evil people who just lIke to fight I prayed for him both times before he left the house so that has made my worry worst. I’m trying to let go can you all please pray for me to let go and let God Thank you

  144. MariAnne Cerino-Sigman January 20, 2016 at 7:56 am #

    I’m taking hold!!

    I’ve held such a burden for so long, and this made me realize …God forgives me and if HE forgives me then I need to forgive myself!

    I am sure I’ll need to remind myself of this daily but, I will remember…that’s for sure

    I feel a sense of relief within….it all makes sense.

    • Sharon Jaynes January 26, 2016 at 12:01 pm #

      Amen! Let it go, dear one. God has. It is the enemy who keeps bringing it up!

  145. Mariecarmel January 20, 2016 at 9:22 am #

    I am taking hold!!!

  146. Desere Wright January 20, 2016 at 11:31 am #

    Im letting go and letting Go. Through him all things are possible.

  147. Karen Blankenship January 20, 2016 at 2:20 pm #

    I’n taking hold!

  148. Brandy January 21, 2016 at 1:38 am #

    Praise God, I already have!!

  149. Susana January 21, 2016 at 5:19 am #

    Thank you Sharon for this beautiful story yes I have felt the way rosa felt but for other reasons god has forgiven me..

  150. Priscilla Gurule January 21, 2016 at 9:33 pm #

    I’m taking hold!

  151. Tammy Gardner January 22, 2016 at 7:24 am #

    I’m taking hold! I’ve held onto so much that the devil has robbed me of what GOD has offered me, Grace,Hope and Love……I say Not Anymore! Thank You for all you do in and for Christ our Lord!

  152. Annette Cuevas January 23, 2016 at 11:54 pm #

    I’m taking hold

  153. Lisa Edwards January 25, 2016 at 11:03 am #

    Praise God, I already have!!

  154. Tania Rowan January 26, 2016 at 3:26 am #

    I’m taking hold. Without him I’m robbed of joy each days blessings bring. Amen Jesus my darkness is now light. . I love you Lord

  155. Ruth L Staley January 26, 2016 at 3:31 pm #

    This is something I have struggled with for years, I did something when I was a child that I know God has forgiven but I have never been able to forgive myself because it hurt my Mother. I will now try to let it go knowing it is not from the Lord when this condemnation comes. I forgive my self just as I would if this had been someone else doing the same thing. Thank you Jesus

    • Sharon Jaynes January 26, 2016 at 9:14 pm #

      I’m so proud of you. As a mom myself, I know she wouldn’t want you to let whatever it was to hold you down.

  156. Betty Hernandez January 27, 2016 at 9:52 am #

    Praise be to God!!! He IS my redeemer!! and takes away all of my sins and past mistakes!! AND FORGIVES ME!! and tells me it’s ok to forgive myself!! I will ALWAYS look to him first!! I love you Lord!!

  157. Pam January 28, 2016 at 8:06 am #

    SO THANKFUL FOR HIS NEW GRACE EVERY DAY…

    Over and over, He molds me and makes me
    into His likeness, He fashions the clay…
    A vessel of honor I am today –
    ALL BECAUSE JESUS DIDN’T THROW THE CLAY AWAY!

    SO THANKFUL GOD IS NOT THROUGH WITH ME YET AND THAT HE DOESN’T THROW US AWAY BECAUSE OF OUR IMPERFECTIONS!

  158. Damaris January 29, 2016 at 8:56 am #

    I’m taking hold!

  159. Colleen January 31, 2016 at 11:47 pm #

    Praise God I already have!!! I had done something way back, that was not according to Gods will. Like Rosa, I took years to forgive myself & to realise Jesus had forgiven me, & I was set free of that which I had done. Thank you Jesus… So I moved on, & to this day I continue in my walk with the Lord, in is wonderful grace.. Yes thank you Jesus.

  160. Kara February 6, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

    I’m taking hold.

    I have sinned numerous times over my 52 years and I regret those times. I can not change what I did in the past but I can work on changing the present and the future.

    God has forgiven me for the wrongs I have done and I need to forgive myself as well.

  161. Erina April 12, 2016 at 8:54 am #

    I’m taking hold.

  162. Kathi Wade April 12, 2016 at 6:30 pm #

    Papa God…I already have. I give you the Honor and Glory which you so richly deserve! Amen and Amen.

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