Therefore repent and turn back, so that your sins may be wiped out, that seasons of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.—Acts 3:19
One of the things we must do if we are to stay spiritually fresh is to break decisively with everything that Christ cannot approve.
When we are fighting sin and evil, we are fighting a defeated foe, because Jesus met and conquered every sin on the cross. You will never meet a single sin that has not been defeated by Christ. So if sin is bullying you, do what E. Stanley Jones advised. He said: “When sin intimidates me, I quietly ask it to bend its neck. When it does, I joyfully point to the footprints of the Son of God on its neck. My inferiority complex is gone. I am on the winning side.” This language may be picturesque, but the truth is powerful—because of what Christ has accomplished on Calvary, we walk the earth amid conquered foes.
A far-fetched but illustrative story from the ancient battles of Africa tells how a warrior was beheaded during a skirmish, but he fought on even though his head was gone. He succeeded in killing many until someone said, “But your head has gone! You’re dead,” whereupon he fell down and died. When sin comes against you, point and say: “Look, your head has gone. My Master conquered you on the cross. Begone! You are headless.” Evil fights on, but it is brainless. It depends on prejudices, old habits, and perhaps above all on our lack of decisiveness. So if there are still any sins in your life that need to be dealt with, face them in the assurance that they are conquered foes, and break decisively with everything that Christ cannot approve.
O God, thank You for reminding me that I need not develop an inferiority complex in relation to sin—it is a conquered foe. Help me to accept and enter into the great victory of Calvary. In Christ’s powerful name. Amen.
1Jn 1; Pr 28:13; Col 2:14
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