Accepting the love that God gives is not easy, but it is freeing. The freedom that comes with Jesus Christ is parallel to none as well as the fight to maintain it. Through the power of the Blood and the sacrifice of Jesus Christ we were freed. Christ washed away all of our sins and iniquities and freed us from death and the curse of the Law. Ephesians 1:7 says, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace.” By accepting the truth of Jesus Christ and committing our lives to his teachings, we have inherited a new slate and a freedom that is comparable to none (John 8:31-32). Not only were we freed from our past, Romans 8:2 states, “And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death” (NLT). That means that we have been cleansed and freed from, but not limited to, past sin, crime, incidents, words, person’s, etc.
In sinning, we must know that there is no condemnation through Jesus Christ (Romans 8:1).
God did not just die for our past sins. He also died for every sin we will ever commit. Hold on hold on hold on. I thought I was free from sin? Yes, you are; however, you are human. God knows that we are not perfect. He knows that we have the capability to make great decisions some days and stupid decisions the next. We will succeed at some things and we will fail at somethings. It leaves a need for God and room for growth. No baby is born and walks the same day. Failure is not always bad. God can always turn a bad decision into a learning experience, once it is entrusted to Him. Honestly, in my opinion, The ultimate void of sin and suffering is in heaven. However, The key is placing your hope and trust in the Lord to guide you, and listen!, so that your feet will not be snared. Of course, I’m totally not suggesting we use this as an excuse to sin, but as a token to help you forgive yourself and move on. 1 John 1:7 says, “But if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, cleanses us from all sin” (NLT). That goes for past, present, and future.
If Jesus forgave us. Why do we find it hard to forgive ourselves?
If we have already been forgiven for sins past, present, and future. Why do we worry, fight, cry, and condemn ourselves over past sins we’ve already been forgiven for? Forgiving ourselves of current and/or past sins can be hard for many reasons.
- We are embarrassed of who we once were. 2. We know we could’ve done better. Or 3. (My favorite) Spiritual Warfare. We have a cunning enemy that doesn’t want to let us win! Lol Our enemy likes to give us a hard time and remind us of our past failures and sin to cripple and distract us. Why would he want to do that? Because once we feel guilty and condemn ourselves we are likely to lose our sense of identity, become depressed, unmotivated to participate in Godly works, less likely to share the Gospel, lose sight of what’s more important, silence our witness, and stagnate our growth. Mind you majority of those reasons are self imposed. His job is to drop the seed and allow you to do the rest. Sometimes we fall prey to the schemes, we accept the guilt, and stand in our own way of accepting the gift of freedom that comes with Salvation. But Jeremiah 33:8 states, “I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive all the guilt of their sin and rebellion against me.” So, Umm…#NotTodaySatan.
In reminding yourself of who you are in Christ Jesus and the freedom that you have inherited, your outlook tends to change.
It’s all about perspective. When the enemy tries to use those same dumb lies you begin to respond differently. For example, If he drops a memory of you sleeping with someone else’s bf/gf shutting down the club, or stealing someone’s lunch money in the third grade, etc. Thank God for saving you from the person you used to be. Lord, your grace covers a multitude of sins! Thank you for loving me when I didn’t love me. Thank you for creating a new creature in me. Or #2: If the enemy drops a memory of you being dishonest or dropping a four letter word. Umm…yeah we could’ve done better, respond saying, “What I did was wrong, but will make a better decision next time.” & make a better decision next time. Or #3: In the words of KB, “When he brings up your past. Bring up his future.” Respond saying, “I am a child of God. Serpent your head belongs under my feet. There is nothing you can do to stop the call on my life. The fight has already been fixed. I will not fear because MY God has already overcome the world. #NotTodaySatan.”
After reading John Piper’s “Anthem: Strategies for Fighting Lust,” which is an awesome read btw, I decided to create my own list of helpful tips on How to fight condemnation and maintain the freedom through Christ Jesus.
Dust off your feet and keep it moving. When the thoughts come, remind yourself that you are forgiven and move on.
2. Stay focused.
Don’t allow yourself to focus on a thought for more than 5 seconds. Thanks John Piper. Cast down the thoughts or squeeze them out with the Word of God, confession of God’s glory, faithfulness, etc. Create a list of go-to motivational scriptures and quotes that affirm who you are in Christ.
3. Speak to it.
Fight Fire with the Fire (i.e. the word of God). Cast down the thoughts that are contrary to your knowledge of God, his word, and plan for your life. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says, “5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (NIV). Create and memorize a list of go-to verses to recite when the enemy tries to distract you.
Praise the thoughts away. Sing a joyful noise unto the Lord.. Also, clap. Clapping helps it confuses the enemy.
Worship ushers in the Holy Spirit. Satan and the Holy Spirit cannot dwell in the same place. Worship it away. Play worship music in your home and car. It sets a peaceful atmosphere. Also, create a list of Go-to songs to help you refocus. Having a song in my spirit shifts my focus and releases tension in my mind and body.
Galatians 5:1 states, “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (ESV). Let us remain free by focusing on whom our freedom comes.
Be Blessed, but most importantly, Be a Blessing today.