Forgiveness does not mean the cancellation of all consequences of wrongdoing. It means the refusal on God's part to let our guilty past affect His relationship with us. (Author Unknown)

The devil will spend a lifetime condemning anyone who is foolish enough to listen to him (Ephesians 2:1-6). He seeks to take our recollection of past wrongdoing and use them as a tool to draw us away from God's grace. Nothing we do happens once; events repeat themselves over and over again in our mind and emotions. So how can we cope with the negativity surrounding wrongdoing? Antony of Egypt said, "Do not trust in your own righteousness; do not grieve about a sin that is past and gone." Don't afford the devil the privilege of attacking you with that which God has chosen to forget. The Bible declares in Isaiah 43:25, "I am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins." God chooses not to remember our sins when we seek His forgiveness through faith in Christ. God does not remember the things that He has covered with His grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). Do not worry? As far God is concerned sin never happened to them who are the beneficiaries of His grace.

The devil fears the word of God, he can't bite it; it breaks his teeth (Martin Luther). The devil attacked Jesus in the wilderness. Jesus overcame his assaults with wisdom from the Bible - he quoted the Scriptures (Matthew 4:1-11). The devil can't work in the lives of those who protect themselves with the shield of faith and the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God (Ephesians 6:16-17). Put God first and leave no room in your life for anything but the Lord. (Ephesians 4:27;5:18). The devil runs from those who stand against him (Luke 10:9;James 4:7-8).

We are certain that there is forgiveness, because there is a gospel, and the very essence of the gospel lies in the proclamation of the pardon of sin (Charles H. Spurgeon). The tough times of trial and attack never last (1 John 4:4). When you hear accusations from your past echoing in your mind,  "Do not give the devil a way to defeat you". Eph.4:27 (NCV)...."welcome the FRIENDLY VOICE that does not attack and condemn you, but that honestly gives you hope by reminding you that GOD IS THERE, POWERFUL, LOVING, CARING". (T.L. Osborn) God has rewritten the pages of your pass and as a child of God it is: revised and edited. The devils role of leadership is a past tense event, thank God for delivering you from the bondage of your pass. "It is always the case that when the Christian looks back, they are looking at the forgiveness of sins. (Karl Barth)


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