We’ve all been there.
You do something stupid and mope around for several days thinking God is mad at you. As Christians, we have been programmed that way. To waller around in the mire of guilt and condemnation because, after all, we are just sinners trying to get it right. Where, in the Bible, do we find the instructions for such actions?
As he hung on the Cross, Jesus said “It is finished.” Sin was defeated right then and there. Period.
We are no longer under the rule of sin. It has no power over us whatsoever. Why do we live a defeated life, always believing we’re giving into sin? If we truly believe in Christ, and the finished work of the Cross, we are no longer living by the flesh. We aren’t sinners who keep screwing up. We are sons and daughters of God.
He looks at us as if we have never sinned. As if Adam and Eve had never eaten from the tree in the Garden. We have been reconciled to God through Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:16-19 says:
16 Therefore, from now on, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him thus no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
We are pure, blameless, and above reproach. We are righteous.
When we have bad thoughts, or the desire to do something we know is wrong, just take a minute and stop. Since we are now walking in the Spirit, we don’t have to get on our knees and beg for God to forgive us. He already forgave all our sins. Just say something like this: “This is not me. Flesh, you already died. You have no say in my life. God, I thank You for what You did for me on the Cross. I praise You because you see me as Your son/daughter. Righteous and pure in Your sight.”
And then you move on.
You don’t need counseling. You don’t need to call up a brother/sister in Christ and spill you heart out because what you did was so bad. You recognize it as flesh. You affirm that’s not who you are anymore, and you thank God for His mercy and grace. Speaking truth will shut down the enemy every single time. John 8:31,32 says:
31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
These are just some things I’ve been learning and growing in recently. Spending alone time with God in the secret place has been absolutely life changing.
That is where it all starts. Getting alone and intimate with the Creator of the universe. It’s exciting to know that we can walk boldly into the throne room of the Most High.
When we truly realize our identity in Christ, we see everything differently. We no longer allow people, life, or circumstances to dictate our actions. If we allow the opinions of others to shape our life, we are in for a very bumpy roller coaster ride.
See yourself through God’s eyes, and then see others the same way. It all begins with love.