New International Version (NIV)
6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin
How often do you think that God thinks about you? How often do you stop to think about Him? Jeremiah 29:11-14 (NIV) says: 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
How deeply rooted is your relationship with Christ? Any tree is only as strong and thriving as its root system below the ground. The deeper the root system the healthier the tree. Do you think the tree rooted itself overnight? Of course not, but it never stops reaching deeper and deeper within the ground, its foundation.
What is keeping you from getting deeper rooted with Christ? Could it be sin? Often times in our lives the guilt we feel when we have done something wrong either to ourselves or towards God, can cause us to feel as though we have created a distance between ourselves and God.
Do you often feel defeated for what seems like forever when you sin or are you able to forgive yourself the way God forgives us? Isaiah 44:22 (NIV) says: “22 I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.”
We all make mistakes in our lives. We all stumble and fall from time to time, but we do not have to be held permanently captive to these mistakes. I John 1:9 (NIV) says: 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
We often carry around so much guilt and self-condemnation that we forget to look at ourselves through God’s eyes. When we make mistakes and sin in our life, the devil likes to have fun with our minds. He tries to tell us that we are worthless and unloved. He will try to convince us that there is no way that God or anyone else could love us because we mess up all the time. Well none of that is true. Your Heavenly father loves you so much that He sent his only son to cleanse you of your sins by dying on the cross. 1 Corinthians 15:3 says: 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures.
Do you want to remain captive to the sin that can bind you in your life? None of us wants to be held captive to things that happened in our past, or mistakes we have made. We must take responsibility for our choices, confess to the Lord that we have done wrong, ask for His forgiveness, and learn to walk in the Spirit. Romans 8:1-2 (NIV) says: Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
Don’t walk in defeat anymore. Don’t allow past mistakes to hold you captive anymore. Seek out your Heavenly Father, confess your sins to Him, accept His forgiveness, and then learn to forgive yourself.