This week’s topic: Freedom In Christ
Have you ever been in a relationship and something happened that resulted in you causing the other party hurt and pain? You apologize, and though they are hurting, they say that they accept your apology. You all try to move on from that place of pain, but then every time you turn around they are reminding you about “the time you hurt them.”
Or perhaps they just act differently towards you because their mouth said they forgave you, but their heart just hadn’t grabbed hold of the forgiveness yet. So you find yourself in this constant battle to prove that you are really sorry.
Fortunately for us, we serve a forgiving and gracious God who really means it when He forgives us. He isn’t keeping score, and He won’t keep throwing your past sin back in your face. Even when we don’t deserve His forgiveness, He forgives us. So you can rest assured that when you finally come to the place of true repentance and tell God that you are sorry about what every sin you find yourself constantly repeating, He will really forgive you.
If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. John 1:9
The problem typically arises in that we don’t take the time to forgive ourselves, part of which comes from not believing that we are really forgiven. God isn’t condemning us, but we continue to put ourselves in a state of condemnation which gives the enemy leverage in our lives.
Although God doesn’t throw our past up in our face, the devil will. Every chance he gets, he will remind us of our past sins and try to convince us that we are worthless, dirty, and full of sin. We have to remember that his assignment is to steal, kill and destroy. He wants to steal your joy, kill your spirit, and destroy your self-worth. The longer you walk around tripping on yourself because of your past sins and not accepting the redemption that you have in God, the longer you expose yourself to his attacks.
So ask yourself, what are some of the things that the devil keeps bringing to the forefront of my mind, which keeps me in bondage, although God has already forgiven me? What names do I continue to incorrectly answer to? Liar? Fornicator? Cheater? Drug addict? Overeater?
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