“…in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:4).
The access the world has given the devil to every crevese of their mind is unbelievable. He comes to steal, kill, and destroy, and not just the body, but ALSO the mind. Paul understood and wanted to the church at Rome to understand that Satan will use anything and everything in your life, especially the past, to drag you down in your present and disparage you for your future. The satanic workings in their minds would tempt them to believe that who they are is a culmination of every mistake and wrong-way of thinking, because people are who they are and who they have always been. People cannot change. Paul, however, was a living example of how people cannot change, but can BE CHANGED by the transforming power of the Holy Spirit of God, through the work of Jesus. What has been is now a “has-been.”
Paul wanted these new believers in the church to know that they would still continue to fight the shadows of who they had been, but in the power of the Light of Jesus, shadows are only reminders, because they have no real substance. Now, however, was the time to live separate from what was before because of what Jesus had done for them now. Shame held NO POWER over their lives as long as they chose to live separate from those life-choices that opened the door for shame to come in. What Jesus did on the Cross was ENOUGH for the guilt, the shame, and the condemnation to be evicted and cast out of holding ANY spiritually legal right over the one who would choose to believe and live in surrender to Jesus.
In personal reflection, there are a lot of things in my life that if I had to do all over again, I hope that I would do differently. Of course, the obvious reality is, is that I can’t go back. I have already been there, done “that,” and live here. I can change nothing, but how I respond. I know that as a believer in Jesus Christ, my sins are forgiven. Shame has no power or authority over my life, my thoughts, my mind, my attitude, my mouth, or my actions. I will not give into feelings of fear or condemnation over that which I have done, because I now live in a truth that overcomes every doubt. There is NO CONDEMNATION in Christ Jesus. I am a new man. I am a new creation. Old things have been destroyed and the perfect plan of God is being built in my life day by day. Additionally, I will choose today live out in every thought and mindset, and in every word and action, the truth of who I am in Christ. I will not live according the ways of my natural flesh, because I am committed to living in and by the Spirit of God. Today in my job, I will not give into the temptations to do any less than I know is found as honorable to God. I will not dwell on the things that I cannot change, but I will continue to find my hope in the One who continues to change me. I am who I am, not because of what I’ve done, but because of what He is continuing to do in me.
Lord Jesus, I thank You that You are a God of forgiveness and grace. Thank You for EVERYTHING that You have taken from my life. I thank You that everything the enemy of my soul tries to use against me has already been taken and pardoned by the work You have completed on the Cross. I thank You that Your word says that “death is abolished.” I know that that means as “real” as it still may be, it’s power over me and my eternal future with You has been rendered ineffective. Everything in my past that the enemy wants to use against me is death. And in the Name of Jesus, has been rendered ineffective. I thank You Lord that in You there is NO condemnation. I also thank You for the power You give me in each moment of each day that enables me to live as You have called me, not as I have lived. I am a brand-new man with a mind that is being renewed in the Truth of Your Word day by day. I thank You, Jesus. In Your Name, Amen.