Duane Vander Klok
Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
Have you ever felt an overwhelming sense of your past? Maybe it is opportunities that you missed, the mistakes you’ve made, promises you’ve broken, and sins you’ve committed. At that moment, there’s a piercing and venomous voice that tells you that you’re no good, you’ll never change, and no one will ever love you. That voice isn’t the voice of an all-loving, all-knowing, and a good good father; but it’s the voice of the Enemy.
You see, all of us were born into sin. From the moment Adam and Eve sinned against God, humanity began to resist and push against God. It is the Enemy that attempts to persuade us to partner with him in rebellion. It is the Enemy who condemns us, lies to us, and continues to wage war against our souls. Yet there is good news: Jesus Christ came, lived, died for our sins, and rose again to be seated at the right hand of the Father.
When we think about our past, the Enemy notices and begins to speak doubt, fear, worry, and condemnation into our thoughts. He tries to use what is closest to us to push us away from God. Yet here’s the truth: when the Enemy says ‘you’re no good,’ Jesus says ‘you’ve been fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God.’ When the Enemy says, ‘You’ll never change,’ Jesus says ‘You’re made new in me.’ When the Enemy says, ‘no one will ever love you,’ Jesus says, ‘I love you so much that I came and died for you, and now we can live in a redeemed relationship into eternity!’
This week, if you hear the Enemy whispering lies in your ear go ahead and remind him of what Jesus says is true about you!
For more scripture references on who God has made you to be check out this article on our website: Who I Am In Christ