Don’t Let Satan Use Old Sin To Discourage You

All of us have made mistakes and Jesus forgives us for our mistakes. But, the devil reminds us of our mistakes. It doesn’t matter that we’ve been forgiven, the devil wants to dig up our old sins and cause us to doubt if we are saved or, if we are saved he wants us to doubt that God can use today. But, if Jesus has forgiven us of our sins, they are forgiven.
The apostle Paul knew this. In II Timothy 1:3, Paul says, “I thank God for you—the God I serve with a clear conscience…” Paul told Timothy that he served God with a clear conscience. Earlier in Paul’s life, his name was Saul and he was a Jew. Paul stood on the edge of the crowd watching as Stephen was stoned. Paul was on his way to Damascus to persecute Christians when he had his conversion experience. Paul’s sins were forgiven.        Yet, don’t you imagine Satan wanted to remind Paul of his terrible past? Sure he did. Yet Paul, could write that he had served God… “with a CLEAR conscience..” Not because he hadn’t sinned… because he HAD sinned… but Jesus had forgiven Him of his sin…so his past was done.
Maybe there is something in your life that even though you have asked forgiveness, Satan continues to bring it to mind. Maybe pre-marital sex… Maybe a child born out of wedlock…. Maybe a divorce… Maybe extra-marital sex…. Maybe words spoken out of anger… Whatever it is… if you have asked for forgiveness, you are forgiven…
Today, thank the Lord for forgiveness and move forward. But one other note here… maybe you are having a hard time forgiving someone of their past. Maybe someone made a mistake and you have not forgiven them for it. You want to hang it over their head and remind them of their sin… Friend, let it go. God has forgiven you so we all need to forgive others.
Corrie Ten Boom once said that God takes our sins and throws them in the deepest part of the ocean and puts up a sign that says, “No fishing!”
Don’t let Satan bring up old sins… it’s done… by God’s grace, move forward.

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