I was driving the other day and began to reflect on my past and the tears began to flow. Tears of regret. I began to think about some poor choices that I made and the consequences that followed; some of which had an impact on me even after I came to Christ. I began to play out different scenes in my head and the more I thought on them the more depressed I became. The enemy began to accuse and mock me. He reminded me that I should have known better and how could I? I allowed myself to receive the accusations.
Now mind you, I had long repented of these sins. However, in that moment I began to relive them. I allowed the enemy to trick me into feeling condemned. I had to make a choice to SNAP out of this and claim the victory I had in Christ. The Anika that played out in those scenes in my head was dead. I no longer knew this person and by the grace of God, that old Anika will never be resurrected! I have the victory but I had to claim it at that moment of condemnation, it wasn’t an automatic thing. I am in a war and I had no choice but to engage and fight the devil with the truth of God’s word.
I had to remind myself of the NEW & IMPROVED ME! The New blood bought, sanctified, forgiven, victorious, swimming in God’s grace me! I am all for telling others about what God has done in me, but sometimes I have to testify to myself. The more I stood on who I now am, the devil had to get off my back. He had to. I am sure he will revisit again but I thank God that I have the ammunition to fight and to rebuke.
Do you find yourself living in condemnation? What triggers these moment of condemnation? Do you wallow in self-pity or do you stand on the truth of God’s word and fight? If you have repented, don’t hold on to shame that is no longer yours. Don’t let the devil take you back, move forward in who you now are in Christ!
If any man is in Christ He is a new creation. Old things are passed away and behold all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17
Below are two links to remind you of the new you. Be blessed!
About the Author
Hello there! I am Anika and I am definitely one of those. Passion oozes from every fiber of my being. I love to love. Sounds cheesy, I know, but I already told you that I am one of those kinds of people. Read on to find out some more interesting facts about me… 1. I love me some Jesus. I love to testify and if you hang around me long enough you may hear me bragging on the awesomeness of God, like how • He gave me a house I couldn't afford • Healed two of my children • Gave me a yes when I wanted to say no 2. I married a younger man…OK, not really. I was 23 while he was 22. My birthday is in April and his in August, but it’s our running joke. Nevertheless, after 13 years of marriage, I happen to love him deeply, and it still makes for a great story. 3. I have experienced the pain of two miscarriages and the joy of delivering 6 children (3 boys and 3 girls). I have both a bachelors and masters degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in Early Childhood Education, which I put to good use staying home with the kiddos. 4. I attend an awesome church where my husband is the Assistant Pastor. I am also a part of a not for profit organization that encourages women to walk in their God given purpose. 5. I am addicted to prayer. 6. I am considered nice by most, definitely extreme by design. I am politically incorrect. 7. I take the scenic route when telling a story, but I promise if you hang on long enough, I eventually get to the punch line. 8. I have great ideas but I sometimes procrastinate. Jesus and I are working on that one. 9. I am guilty of overthinking things (refer to number 8). 10. I am originally from Jamaica. Surprise…sunshine and coconuts are two of my favorite things. 11. I subscribe to the Paleo Diet and actually did a round of Whole 30. 12. I love to experiment in the kitchen. 13. I make an absolute mess when I cook. I try to clean as I go but get distracted with cooking. Go figure. (My family doesn't always enjoy my cooking but I make them eat it anyway.) 14. I love people and enjoy talking to them—even the weird ones. I tried being otherwise but found it doesn't suit me well, so I'm learning to be okay with being me. 15. I have traction alopecia and wear wigs and am crazy enough to believe God for restoring my hair follicles even though the doctors have said otherwise. 16. A movie is considered good only if it makes me cry...more than once. Sound of Music happens to be my all time favorite. 17. I really wish I sang well. I really don't. 18. Telling people about Jesus is my favorite past time. And if I'm not talking about Him, I'm talking about my family or some random health fact I learned on Google. 19. I love redemption stories and happy endings, that’s why I said yes to Jesus. Feel like you know me a little more? Well good! Please continue to stop by my little corner of cyber world. And do leave a comment. Remember I love to talk to people!