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Being Held Hostage

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?  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.

There are many people who will do whatever they have to, 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 (John 8:44), 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 for us is 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.”

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, Christ has died for all sin, so if we have repented, confessed it for what it was, and have 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. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.  1 John 1:7-9 (NKJV)

There is no doubt, Satan has brought evil into each of our lives, but what he has intended for harm, God will use for good (cf. Gen. 50:20).   Let’s not limit the good God 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 have been forgiven by God.

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?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s choose to be willing to be used by God in every way. Let’s allow God to use your past mistakes so others can be healed or diverted from making the same mistakes.

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for using our past mistakes for good in the lives of those who need to hear our testimony.  Help us to continue to use every evil thing we may have participated in for good.  Guide us today in our walk and fill us with Your Holy Spirit.  Empower us and place Your protective armor upon us.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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