Do you ever find yourself thinking about past sins? One of Satan’s favorite deceptions is reminding us of past sins, hoping to convince us that our sins are too great to be forgotten. A master manipulator, Satan will try to mask the ultimate truth in an effort to make you doubt your salvation.
For a long time, I listened to him. He made me believe that eternal life with God was not guaranteed due to my past mistakes. I struggled with this for a long time, until one day I asked myself a simple, honest question: why should I listen to a liar? I found the solution in His Word, committing my life to Christ in the process.
Believing in God’s forgiveness can be difficult. But if you have sincerely given your life to Christ, you don’t have to hold onto guilt you no longer own. The Bible tells us that Jesus took our guilt onto himself on the cross. You can have a peace about your salvation knowing God’s promise is the ultimate truth.
“This is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. Whoever has the Son has life,” – 1 John 5:11-12
One of my issues was relying on feelings, not facts. But like Satan, feelings can be deceptive. God’s Word, however, is factual and never changes. The enemy would get me so rattled, I would ask for forgiveness of the same sins over and over again, hoping I showed enough remorse each time. And while I am much stronger in my faith today than I was back then, that hasn’t stopped Satan from reminding me of the past. Only now, I use his attempts to praise God for His faithfulness and forgiveness.
So the next time the devil tries to make you feel guilty about your past, call him out for the liar he is, and put your trust in God’s faithfulness. Remember, when you repent and surrender to Him, you have been washed clean by the blood of Jesus no matter what Satan tries to tell you.
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9
“For the Lord our God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if you return unto him.” – 2 Chr. 30:9