Hebrews 12:1-3 says, Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."
Walk in the mercy He has given you and do not let your minds relive the wrongs and the hurt. You are not meant to lug those heavy burdens through life. When dealing with the grief of loss keeping God as a priority in our thoughts will keep us on the right path. Jesus says in Matthew 11:29-30, 29 “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
I want to shed some light into the darkness of loss, that good can come from even this! I am not talking about those ten pesky pounds you want to lose. However, the burden of loss is a heavy weight to carry. This is a reason people write books about the war in our minds. The enemy uses thoughts to move us off what God’s Word says. The Word of God tells us to take captive those thoughts and cast down imaginations. We are to think wholly on the Word of God. The enemy’s warfare on our minds can feel worse after we take it to Jesus because the enemy wants to convince you otherwise. It is a lie, don't believe it! He doesn’t want you to take your healing or deliverance, he wants you bound. God loves you so much He sent His son to set you free!
Put on your strength, shake off the dust and be loosed from what binds you! These words are taken from Isaiah 52. These are words of strength spoken to the one grieving the death of a loved one lost to suicide, the one who lost their parent to Cancer, one whose friend was taken from this world too early, it speaks to the one who went through a divorce, to the single mom as she returns to school, the person who watches a loved one suffer with Alzheimer’s, the one who lost their job, the mother who lives far from grown children, the one who has suffered rejection and broken relationships, the one who lives in a new town and is alone, the one who misses their home, those who miss their beloved pet and as life goes on so does the list! Loss comes in many forms, and I have been all these women. These words of strength are life giving! They are words I need every single day! We all do! Life is filled with fantastic times, and it is filled with times of struggling to stay afloat! We need to set our thinking on Jesus rather than the circumstances and distractions that can seemingly engulf us. Jesus is our magnificent hope! So shake off the dust and be loosed from what binds you and remember, “Now to Him Who, by the power that is at work within us, is able to do superabundantly, far over and above all that we ask or think [infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, hopes, or dreams]. To Him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3: 20-21).
Excerpt from Strength in Faith by Dawn Love