There is a wonderful picture in Hebrews that shows us we should not look back at the things of the past, especially if they are negative.
Abraham came out of one land into something better, a good land that was promised by the Lord.
If he had looked back at his old home he may have been tempted to return, but he did not look back (Hebrews 11 v 15).
If we keep looking back at our sin and the stupid things we used to do we may be tempted to return to them.
However if we focus on Jesus and His finished work there is no room in our mind for the daft things we used to do.
And we know that if we do not think on something we cannot ‘go there’.
You will know that one of the verses I use most in DIG is Proverbs 23 v 7, for as a man thinketh so is he.
If you do not think on or about the sins in your past (or any particular sin) you just cannot do them.
Grace tells us all about Jesus and helps us to stay away from sin, but living under the law reminds us about sin and actually pushes us towards sin.
Grace frees us from sin, the law makes us sin by strengthening sin!
Don’t take my word for it; this is what it says in the Bible (1 Corinthians 15 v 56).
Abraham did not look back at his old home, in the same way we should not look at our old sin or any sin for that matter.
Focussing on sin will ‘help’ us to sin, focussing on Jesus will free us from sin.
Don’t remember the sins you used to do, and try to focus on the Lord; this will help you live a life free from sin.
Speak this out today…..”Thank you Lord that I live under grace and not under law, and thank you that all my sin has been dealt with by Jesus on the cross”.
Hebrews 11 v 15…..And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned