As a believer in Jesus Christ, you are a soldier in the Army of God, and spiritual warfare is real. Paul tells us in Ephesians 6:10-12,
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”
One of the tactics of the enemy is to make you feel like you are not “good enough” or “righteousness enough” to be an effective Christian soldier. It’s classic psychological warfare, and Satan knows how to use it. You may be reminded of past thoughts or actions that were not exactly holy. The enemy will make you want to condemn yourself over past sins and lifestyles. Don’t give in to it. The Bible tells us in Romans 8,
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death.”
Paul is saying, “I’m forgiven and living in freedom that was bought by Jesus Christ – freedom from sin!” Don’t let your mind dwell on the sins of the past. They are done and forgiven. God is not holding them against you, so why should you? The Apostle Paul said it best when he wrote to the Philippians. He said,
“Not that I have already grasped it all or have already become perfect, but I press on if I may also take hold of that for which I was taken hold of by Jesus Christ. Brothers and sisters, I do not regard myself as having taken hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Paul is saying that you can’t wait until you feel “good enough” to fulfill God’s call on your life. You’ve just got to start moving in that direction. Forget what’s behind, setting your focus on Christ before you and doing his will. Our spiritual enemies (the flesh, Satan, principalities, etc…) will always try to use our past failings to hold us down. God is saying that he’s not worried about that. Jesus paid it all, now move forward.
God bless you, my friends! Don’t forget to read Psalms (chapters 6-10) and Proverbs (chapter 2). You’ll be glad you did!
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