It happens all the time. Somehow we get reminded of something that happened in our lives that really hurt us, or we hurt someone else, or maybe even things we did that we feel guilt over. To a Christian, this is devastating to us because of our newfound life in Jesus Christ. We make wishes that it never happened, or sometimes it brings up anger, strife, and even desperation. How can God love us? How can we have done this and have eternal life with the Lord? We end up trying to look for ways to change the past, but even worse, many times it causes people to walk away from God because they donít think they can become good enough, or be able to be forgiven for salvation. It makes a constant battle to see what we can do to become more worthy.
But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
You need to understand, NOTHING you do can ever save you. What you view as righteous works is as filthy rags to the LORD. It is what Jesus did for us that saves us. Our life after coming to Him should be, ďWhat can I do for Him?Ē
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Satan would love nothing more than to have you get so wrapped up in what you either can or cannot do, that you give up and walk away from the Lord. Either that or you spend so much time in dread and grief over your life before Christ, that you donít do the things He has planned for you. In Genesis 18-19 we find Abraham on the plains of Mamre with the Word (Jesus before He took on flesh) and two angels. The Lord revealed that Sodom and Gomorrah were about to be destroyed for their evil ways. Abrahamís nephew Lot lived in Sodom with his family, and Abraham pleaded for the Lord not to destroy it if there were 50 righteous people there. The Lord agreed. Abraham, surely knowing the wickedness of that place, started dwindling in numbers from 45, to 40, to 30, 20, and finally 10. The Lord agreed if there were only 10 there, He would not destroy it.
The two angels took on the form of men and entered the city and went to Lotís house. We are told that all men of the city, young and old, came to Lotís and demanded the men so they could have sex with them! The angels blinded the men, and had Lot and his family leave as the LORD was going to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah. Verse 24 tells us after Lot and his family were given instructions and where to go, that the LORD (God the Son, Jesus) rained fire from the LORD (God the Father and Holy Spirit) out of Heaven. (This is an excellent verse showing that Jesus, the Word, is God in the flesh). They were told to leave, and to not look back, they were beginning a new life. But Lotís wife looked back and became a pillar of salt. Impure salt is worthless.
This story is reflective of our lives as Christians. Paul tells usÖ..
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Paul is clear. Quit looking backwards and press towards the mark that Jesus has set before you. We all had a life before Christ; it was our Sodom and Gomorrah. Are you still looking back? Itís worthless. There is no point. You canít change it, and each time you look back, you stagnate your growth as a child of the Most High God. You become a pillar of salt just as Lotís wife. Stop looking back at what was, and focus on what Jesus has made you, and continues to do with you. Jesus destroyed your Sodom and Gomorrah on the Cross. Let it be.
38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
In His Grace,
Mike Harris Jr.
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