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lay your burdens down

By Irina Coombes
August 12, 2020

Passages of the day: Click HERE ​to read today’s passages.

Nehemiah 3:15-5:13
1 Corinthians 7:25-40
Psalm 32:1-11
Proverbs 21:5-7

When I refused to confess my sin,
my body wasted away,
and I groaned all day long.
Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.
Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
and stopped trying to hide my guilt.
I said to myself, “I will confess my rebellion to the Lord.”
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
-Psalm 32:3-5

Have you ever confessed a sin to a friend, pastor, parent, or loved one? Was the weight of the world not lifted instantly?

I remember the first time I confessed to a group of ladies that I had a binge eating disorder. I wept. This was over 7 years ago but I still remember it like it was yesterday. I wept because I finally felt so free. After 5 years of carrying around a secret and not sharing with a single person, I finally opened up. As it states in Psalm 32:5, my guilt was gone, I forgave myself, and I know God forgave me.

From that day forward, I was no longer allowing Satan to control me. My depression, anxiety, and disorder felt like it went away overnight! For 5 years, I was scared of being judged and ridiculed. I felt overpowered by Satan and like I had no self-control. That all went away. I was so overwhelmed with the support I received and also connected with women who had similar problems.

Why am I sharing this again? Because God has laid the people who are alone on my heart. The devil attacks us in times of loneliness. Through this global pandemic, we are seeing attacks of the enemy on the rise - he is working overtime to break families and individuals.

Today, let go of guilt and shame and go confide in a friend, counselor, pastor or spouse. Get on your knees and ask the Lord to send you the right people who can help you through this time. You can lay your burdens down and live your life to the fullest. I promise - you are not alone!

You may be carrying something from the past that is eating away at you today....affecting your daily life. What can you let go of today and give to God?

Prayer: Lord, help me identify one person I can confide in. Forgive me of my sin and set me free from guilt and shame. I am made new in you. I no longer let Satan control my destiny and my emotional health. I put all my trust in you.