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
Anika Jones is a speaker and author of the book Lessons Learned Along The Way: A 40 Day Devotional. She blogs about faith and family at LivingForLater.com and posts weekly videos on her YouTube channels, Living For Later (@livingforlater) and Living Life Now (@livinglifenow). Anika loves speaking about developing intimacy with God and understanding who we are in Christ. She serves alongside her husband in ministry. They live in Illinois with their 6 children.