Living Life Without Regrets

I want to talk to you about a word many of us have confessed at one time or another about words we’ve spoken or situations that we’ve had to deal with in our life; and that is regret. We regret something we’ve said or something we’ve done, and instead of going to God and repenting so we can let go of it, we dwell on it. We mull it over, and over, and over again, in our mind making it worse each time we think about it. Oh, yeah! You know what I’m talking about! Before you know it, you have made a mountain out of a mole hill and it consumes the better part of your thinking.

Unless you take those thoughts captive to the will of God, they will become a stronghold in your life. Not only that, regret is a worthless emotion that chains you to your past. When your heart is full of regret and disappointment it draws fear to its side, then fear joins hands with disappointment and regret and holds you in limbo – boxed in – looking back and wishing you wouldn’t have said or done what you did; looking forward, fearful to make a decision because you may make the wrong decision.

So how do you get out of limbo and deal with regret? The only way to overcome regret, disappointment and fear so you can go forward into the victorious life God has designed for you is to confess that you have regrets, disappointments and fear, then spend time in the Word and with the Holy Spirit to renew your mind to the will of God. In Mark 1:14-15 in the Amplified Bible, we read “When Jesus came into Galilee he preached the good news of the Kingdom of God and said, “The appointed period of time is fulfilled (completed), and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent (have a change of mind which issues in regret for past sins and in change of conduct for the better) and believe (trust in, rely on, and adhere to) the good news (the Gospel).”

Through renewing your mind you will be able to overcome thoughts by taking them captive to the will of God with the words of your own mouth. You can’t overcome thoughts with thoughts; therefore, you have to address thoughts by speaking to them.

When you renew your mind and know the will of God, which is His Word, you can speak with authority and things will obey you. You can cast down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ as the Bible tells us to do in 2 Corinthians 10:5. When you do this, you will overcome past regrets and disappoints, address fear of future events and decisions and go victoriously into your future.

Let Peace Rule

“And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from the Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts – deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds…And be thankful – appreciative, give praise to God always.” Colossians 3:15, the Amplified Bible.

I was so thankful because I’ve not always been led by peace. I’ve not allowed peace to be my guide. In the past, I would have an uneasiness in my spirit but would go forward anyway, causing challenges in my life instead of waiting on the right time to move forward.

I’m so thankful for the inner leading of the Holy Spirit – the subtle sense of uneasiness or peace that He gives us – that helps us in making daily decisions.

It’s not always been easy to sense his leading. Like many others, I’ve had to learn to learn how to watch and listen for His gentle guidance. Since the Holy Spirit is a gentleman, very seldom does He ever overpower you with His leading. He is very subtle when He speaks and it is as if there is a just an inward knowing of what you are supposed to do. That is why we have to get still and be quiet so we can listen with our inward man, instead of being pre-occupied with the things of this world.

A great example of worldly distractions is strife! Every day we have the opportunity to step into strife and miss what the Holy Spirit is telling us. He is always talking to us; however, sometimes we get too distracted to listen to what He’s saying!

As we stay in peace and maintain an attitude of gratitude, it will be much easier to be led by the Holy Spirit.

We recently made a move, not only in the natural but in the spiritually. On more than one occasion after we made the decision to move, I began to question our decision. I would go to God and every time we would talk about it, I would come away with an overwhelming peace in my heart that we were making the right decision.