Every Thursday, I have been sharing one of ten strategies that Satan uses against us from Priscilla Shirer’s book Fervent. So far, I have covered: Against Your Passion, Against Your Focus, Against Your Identity, Against Your Family. This Thursday, I wasn’t able to post. 😦 To be honest, I was feeling so drained. My job isn’t easy. Being a wife and a mother isn’t easy. I feel so exhausted all the time. It’s hard to prioritize doing what you love (like blogging <3) when there is so much else going on that demands your attention. Thankfully, my husband is a saint. He and Sarah are currently in Cleveland right now visiting his parents. I was able to sleep in, clean (which believe it or not, helps me decompress), and read.
I was tempted to backdate this blog for Thursday at Noon when it should have gone live, as I’ve been known to do in the past, but I decided not to. We can’t backdate life. As much as we wish we could go back and do things differently. We can’t. We can only learn from our mistakes and move forward. Which brings me to strategy number five: Against Your Past.
This is by far the shortest chapter of Priscilla’s book , but it is very straight forward and I appreciate that.
He [Satan] carefully archives footage from our history so he can pull from those files and remind us what our days of defeat, sin, and failure look like. You’ve seen them, same as I have, a million times. If your life is anything like mine, I’d imagine he’s turned every room in the house at one time or another, popping in one of his old favorites into the old player- for his amusement, for our humiliating shame and embarrassment. -Priscilla Shirer
Satan loves to remind you of your past because he knows that you love the Lord and you don’t revel in your sins against him the way the world does. The world sees sin differently than we do. Sin for the world is often categorized as having a good time, following your heart, or doing what makes you happy, but first us, sin is the gap that separated us from God that only the cross could bridge.
Satan uses our guilt and shame to keep us from moving forward instead of learning from our mistakes and/or teaching others who might be going through something similar. Priscilla reassures us that when we pray we remember the following:
- God doesn’t live in the past. “God exists outside of time”. Therefore, when Jesus died on the cross for our sins- he did it for those past, present, and future.
- We only live by grace anyway. Everything Satan is holding over your head are testaments of God’s grace over your life!
God forgives you. Now forgive yourself.
I praise you because you are rich in mercy! I praise you because I once was dead in my sins, but you gave me life in Christ! I praise you for your forgiveness! I praise you because you make all things new! I praise you because your anger is but for a moment! I praise you because your favor is for a lifetime!
I ask you to forgive me if I have sinned against you!
I ask you to help me forgive myself and not call to mind the former things! I ask you to help me not live in the past, but in the newness of life in Christ! I ask you renew my strength, so that I walk and not grow weary, run and not faint!
Yes! Because you are the same yesterday, and today, and forever! Yes! Because I am a new creation! Yes! Because the old things have passed away! Yes! Behold, new things have come!
In Jesus Name,