Remember in Part 3 we said, “Every old, ungodly thing in your life – including the bad things other people did to you, the sorrows and pains the devil inflicted on you – has passed away. Those things don’t exist anywhere on this planet – except in your mind. The only power or reality they have is what you give them.”
“I understand that”, you might say, “but exactly how do I get rid of the memories that plague me? How do I stop thinking about them?”
Throughout my studies, I have discovered three keys that help me turn off past thoughts. If you will keep these keys in mind and act on them, you will begin to take every thought captive and cast down every ungodly memory that rises up against you.
First and foremost, always remember your sin is none of the devil’s business. If he tries to remind you of things you have done wrong, take authority over him ad command him to leave you alone. At times the devil will try to trick you into believing that God is the One reminding you of those sins but don’t you believe it! Jesus never reminds you of your sin. He wiped it out. He has forgotten it and He wants you to do the same. So when the devil tries to convince you to mentally rehearse your past, refuse and resist him and he will flee from you.
Don’t even let the devil talk to you about current sins. It’s not his place to deal with you about them. Your sin is between you and Jesus. He’s the One who bought you. He’s the One who paid the price for your forgiveness. So when you miss it – in little ways or big – Jesus is the One you need to talk to about it. Run to Him (not from Him) and repent. Confess your sin and refuse to allow the devil or anyone else to put you under condemnation for it.
Second, always remember that when we confess our sins to Jesus, “he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9).
Sometimes Christians doubt that forgiveness. If they still feel guilty after they confess their sin to the Lord, they think God hasn’t done His part. They believe He is still holding their sin against them.
Don’t ever make that mistake. Always remember that Jesus keeps His Word. Every time we confess our sin, He is 100 percent faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us. So if our feelings say otherwise, then our feelings must be lying because Jesus will never lie. He will always do what He says He will do.
Never base your faith on your feelings. Base it on God’s Word. The moment you confess your sin, believe Jesus has forgiven and cleansed you regardless of how you feel. Then speak by faith, call things that be not as though they were and say, “I receive my forgiveness. I receive my cleansing. That sin is washed completely away by the blood of Jesus. I am free of it now, in Jesus’ Name!”
NEXT TIME – The Past – Part 5: Turn the Tables on the Devil