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The Ugly Root Of Sin

The Ugly Root Of Sin
Being Held Hostage By Our Past

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. Romans 8:1 (NKJV)

Have you ever had a haunting fear of something in your past coming back to wreak havoc in your life?  

I think Satan actually plans this when he tempts us to sin.  We may succumb to his temptation and do something dumb and against God's will.   We confess our sin before the Lord, repent and continue our Christian walk - but maybe that particular transgression has never been exposed or come to the surface for others to know about.  We can be sailing along in our Christian walk and suddenly there it is - that something from the past reaching up to grab us - it's like some rock or root in the middle of the trail.  It's as if Satan had it stashed all along just waiting for that perfect moment to cause us to stumble and inflict the utmost potential damage.  

It makes me think about a bicycle ride I had some time ago.  It was nighttime and it was dark.  I had a new set of lights and was working through some single-track trails and working some uphill climbs pretty hard.  I was just about done with my ride and was actually enjoying a fast downhill section when WHAM!  Out from nowhere this tree root reaches up and grabs my bicycle pedal.  I was caught off guard because I never saw it coming.  I was slammed to the ground violently, resulting in 3 hours of sitting in the emergency room and 3 broken ribs, a bunch of chiropractic appointments (thanks Dr. Stein) and a bunch of pain.  

Having the enemy use our past to hold us hostage is a great way for him to successfully keep us from taking part in ministry.  He knows if he can keep us worrying about our past sinful mistakes, our ministry will be ineffective or non-existent. God isn't looking for perfect people to serve in ministry, He is looking for people with committed hearts and an earnest desire to be used by Him.

We need to trust God with our lives and know conclusively that He will guide us through any situation - including the enemy's attempt to use our past against us over and over. The devil's condemnation is just another one of his crafty lies because he doesn't even have the right to condemn us, only God does. Additionally, we need to remember that Christ has died for all sin and if we have confessed it and repented and chosen to walk in the light of God's will then we can know with assurance, God has forgiven us.

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 1John 1:7 (NKJV)

There are many people who will do whatever they have to do to keep their past transgressions in their past, and not allow them to come to light, and the enemy is only getting a deeper stronghold in their lives.  He will tempt them to lie to keep their past buried, and he will tempt them to justify these lies.  But we must remember every lie is from the father of lies and we are actually sinning to cover up a forgiven sin.  

God has intimate knowledge of every mistake we have made, and He will use each one for good if we love Him and allow Him to use it.  There will come a time when we will be able to share our past mistakes with others.  We will be able to guide some from making the same mistakes by passionately speaking to them from experience.  And we will be able to console, exhort, and encourage others who may be making the same damaging mistakes.

The key is for us to be willing to be used and not fear what others may think of us because of the sins we may have committed.   If we are willing to be transparent then the enemy can never hold us hostage.  We can truthfully say, "Yeah that was me then, and this is how God rescued me, and this is how He has used it to help others."

Hey Christian, Satan has brought evil into each of our lives, but what he has intended for harm, God will use for good.   Let's not limit the good He is able to do in someone's life through using our past transgressions for good.  And no matter what, let's not allow the enemy to hold us hostage for past transgressions that we have been forgiven by God. 

But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive. Genesis 50:20 (NKJV)

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn from the Scriptures contained within this devotional with regard to our sins?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to allow God to use those evil things in your past for good?

APPLICATION: Be willing to be used by God in every way.  Don't feel as though you have to cover your past - it has been paid for in full and you are a new Creation in Christ Jesus.  Let God use your past so others can be healed or diverted from making the same mistakes.

Father, thank You for using my past mistakes for good in the lives of those who need to hear my testimony.  Help me to continue to use every evil thing I may have participated in for good.  Guide me today in my walk and fill me with Your Holy Spirit.  Empower me and place Your protective armor upon me.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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