Many people are anchored in guilt, shame, condemnation, and fear because of past sins and regrets.
The feel distant from God.
Deep in their soul they hurt.
They are frustrated with themselves for what they did.
They tell no one.
Silently they suffer.
They've tried to escape or numb their pain in many different ways...
Yet the pain remains.
There are two other ways people try to escape or numb the pain of their past...
...by participating in church activities (commitment, serving, attending, joining, etc.
Since many Hebrew people rejected the new covenant of grace, including many of the priests, the priests continued the daily and yearly sacrifices of animals for the sins of the people (Hebrews 10:11).
The work of the priests under the old covenant was never finished.
They stood day after day and year after year sacrificing animals to cover their own sins and the sins of the people.
They could never rest (Hebrews 10:11).
There was always another animal to be sacrificed to cover their own sins and the sins of others (Hebrews 5:1-3).
There is a color in my mind that is so beautiful that it can only be named Grace. And I want to paint the world with this color.
David had never heard about grace. But grace was the one thing he needed to hear about the most. You see, David was broken and bruised. He was hurting and hopeless. He was in pain and a prisoner. He was in darkness and death. He was a sheep without a shepherd.
David was in desperate need of grace.
Jesus came to heal the broken and bruised, the hurting and hopeless, and the prisoner in pain.
There are times in our lives when we need to take a break...to get away. We need to take a break from work, from ministry, from that new venture we have started, etc... We need to get away for a few hours, a couple of days, or a weekend. Here are four reasons why we may not take a break and four reasons why we must take a break.
WHY WE DON'T TAKE A BREAK
REASON #1: We Don't Take A Break Because We Feel Guilty
Many times we do not take breaks because of a false feeling of guilt. We feel we do not deserve a break.