Once a week my husband rolls the garbage can to the end of the driveway to be picked up by the garbage truck. Some weeks we have so much garbage that my husband can be seen climbing up on top of the garbage and jumping to smash it down so we can get one more load of trash into the can.
Why is it so easy to let go of that kind of trash and yet the personal trash in our lives we choose to hang on to? In a sense, we fight to push it down into ourselves like my husband stomps our trash down in the can. By pushing down our trash (our past sins that we can’t let go of), we can never really be free and clean from our sin.
My pastor talked one night in church about how when we repent from our sins Jesus forgets about them.
As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:12 (NIV)
For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more. Hebrews 8:12 (ESV)
He puts them in the garbage and puts a lid on it. So why can’t we do the same? We often repent and then we take it back. I know I wouldn’t want to dig through my garbage can to pick some gross garbage out so I can stick it in the back of my closet. And yet it is so easy for us to go and dig our sins back out and hang onto them.
I love knowing that Jesus never holds our trash over our heads. He won’t bring up our sin to cause us shame. Jesus knows how to take out the trash if we would just let Him. If you have been carrying around a sin, let it go. Hang on to Jesus and not the trash that Satan loves to pile on us. There is freedom in Jesus, you just need to get on your knees and give up your sin. He paid the price; we don’t pay anything to dump our trash. Any day can be garbage day, so what is stopping you?
There is no right or wrong prayer in asking God to help you dump your trash, but if you are not sure how to start, let me help you.
Dear Lord, I am tired of dragging around with me the hurt from my past mistakes. I want to live in freedom and I want to know Your forgiveness. Please help me to let go of the trash that is holding me back from really living the life you want for me. Today I give you ______________________ (name it. Whatever it is, you need to give it to God). God, help me overcome the urge to drag that trash back into my life. Quicken my heart any time I try to drag the trash back in with the truth from Psalm 103:12, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He (You) removed our (my) transgressions from us (me).” Thank you so much, Lord, for forgiving me. Today I believe with all my heart that what Your word says is true and that I am forgiven. Amen