Last week I have been learning some deep teachings through my podcasts as I had been spring cleaning my way through my house. It seems as if they all were dealing with some of the same messages. I think these pastors must have gotten the memo that Amy needed help in this particular area.
One of the pastors brought up a subject that became rather tangible to me… Forgiveness. Forgiveness of others and receiving forgiveness for myself from my past.
All of us carry around snapshots in the crevices of our mind that remind us of something that we have done or participated in that would not have reflected Jesus. We don’t like those snapshots because in some ways we think they define us.
Maybe we weren’t walking with God at that particular time. Asking God to forgive us is the first step in this “house cleaning” process.
The next step is actually believing that Jesus forgives even those snapshots that Satan keeps bringing up.
Sometimes we allow those snapshots to define us. Instead, we have to remember those snapshots tell what we DID not WHO WE ARE!
Satan uses these snapshots even with believers that are growing and walking with God. In our churches, there are people who are walking in their relationships with Christ and growing in their walk, but are DOMINATED by that snapshot of their past and it will not let them live in freedom.
Let’s start with the scripture in John 11:38-44
“Then Jesus, the anger again welling up within him, arrived at the tomb. It was a simple cave in the hillside with a slab of stone laid against it. Jesus said, “Remove the stone.” The sister of the dead man, Martha, said, “Master, by this time there’s a stench. He’s been dead four days!”
Jesus looked her in the eye. “Didn’t I tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?”
Then, to the others, “Go ahead, take away the stone.” I know you always do listen, but on account of this crowd standing here I’ve spoken so that they might believe that you sent me.”
Then he shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” And he came out, a cadaver, wrapped from head to toe, and with a kerchief over his face. Jesus told them, “Unwrap him and let him loose.”
Did you know that Jesus never ATTENDED A FUNERAL!?…Think about it! Cool tidbit of info there!
I love this scripture! There is so much truth soaked into it.
Let’s focus in on the last sentence after Lazarus was raised from the dead. Jesus said, “Unwrap him and let him loose!” My interpretation… “those grave-clothes that entangle you have to GO! Stop hanging on to what I have already set you free from.”
Jesus wants to save us from Hell. He wants us to take off the grave-clothes that reminds us of that death. Everything that identifies you with a past, everything the He has paid for and for you to step into the new life He has created you to be.
Satan likes to whisper lies about memories or snapshots from our past. They sound something like this in a whisper tone of voice…”Does your church know what you did? Does your husband know what you did? They won’t like you if they knew. They won’t respect you if they knew.”
This, my friends, is BONDAGE when we listen to the enemy’s voice!
Many of you know exactly what I am talking about here! You have been there. You have heard those whispers and you don’t like it. You either try to ignore it, you eat yourself silly trying to forget it, or you stew in it and it has totally controlled your attitude.
Please come back Tuesday when I will share with you 3 things that I had to go back to scripture and remember what MY GOD has said in His Word about defeating the enemy in these areas. HE CAN BE DEFEATED! AND GOD HAS ALREADY DONE IT!
I will be praying for all my blog readers all day today as these thoughts permeate your hearts to seek God’s face and see where you have been carrying around grave-clothes that shouldn’t be on your back! Feel free to leave your prayer request. I believe in the power of prayer!