1 Corinthians 6:11 “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
I see in my grandchildren, the exuberance of new discovery. Recently, we saw as they woke up to a house fully decorated for the Christmas holiday. Their smiles, laughter and joy were free from the burden of sin and shame. I thought, “Oh, to be that way again…” at which I heard a verse play in my mind:
2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
I was brought back to June 19th, 1990 when I was saved. After I got up off of my knees, I never felt so clean! The burden of sin and guilt was removed. I felt whole and at peace.
My heart had been utterly overwhelmed with the burden of sin, the eternal punishment of a fiery, eternal hell and the fact that I had no remedy for the guilt I bore. But salvation brought a whole new life; such a transformation that I couldn’t help but tell any and everyone that would listen.
That statement, “such were some of you” is principal to understanding some of the warfare we undergo every day of our life. Our enemy, the devil, assaults our mind at every turn.
I remember the first sin I committed after trusting Christ as Savior. I remember the guilt and shame of adding to the suffering of Jesus Christ. I remember feeling separated in my relationship with my Heavenly Father. But I also remember hearing a voice saying; ‘How can you be saved? A person who did what you just did surely must not be saved!’
If you are saved, you know exactly what I am talking about.
Satan assaults our minds with lies – he’s the expert and father of lies. He is really good at what he does. Our only defense against those lies is truth.
Jesus showed us how to battle our enemy. When He was at His weakest, he showed us how to be strong.
Matthew 4:4 “But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.”
Satan felt the edge of the sword. He knows its power in the hands of a child of God. Why do think he fights so hard to keep us from not just reading, but meditating, praying and sharing the Word of God?
The Father knew we could not stand on our own, but gave us armour to put in this fight.
Ephesians 6:14-17 “Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:”
The old me didn’t stand a chance. I gave in to temptation more times that I can count. But now, having learned the value of a right relationship with my Heavenly Father, I have come to rely on the Holy Spirit in me to guide me through those tumultuous times.
Satan will never stop hurling accusations and fiery darts at the children of God. We are admonished: “Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.”
My faith in God’s ability to keep His promise is all I need to not only survive, but become more than a conqueror.
Satan reminds me what I used to be. I must use the Word of God to remind me of who I am in Jesus Christ.
There is nothing that can separate me from my Heavenly Father.
John 10:27-29 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.”
Romans 8:37-39 “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.“
When you and I spend more time in the things of that old life, we become so quickly removed from those things that God gave us to combat the lies. That is why we should be ready witnesses to tell the story to any and all that will listen. It tells them of the saving power of Jesus Christ and it reminds us just where we came from!