Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
One of the great things about salvation is we are totally forgiven. What ever we do or have ever done is completely and totally paid for. (That my friends is Good News!) This is what we or at least what I do as a believer, I continually remind myself when and where I messed up. Paul taught us in Philippians how to deal with the past, forget about it…good, bad, whatever you have done in the past is just that…the past. Concentrate instead on the present, Carpe Diem.
What a simple statement to say but in practice, I find it a lot harder to walk out. This is how I overcome my past, I remember all that Jesus Christ did for me in His life. He conquered Satan himself and told me, His victory, is my victory. I believe, the best way to honor Jesus is to accept that He did it all for me (or you) and I remind myself I don’t get any extra points reliving all of the mistakes in my life. So I don’t, when a stupid thought from the past comes in, I simply thank Jesus for taking care of that for me, and I move on. Who the Son has set free, is free indeed, believing that is freedom!
Again, what happened in Haiti, happened because someone in Haiti or maybe even the whole country, invited Satan there as an honored guest, this invitation was delivered through Voodoo or maybe simply through unbelief in God. Remember Satan has to have an invitation, (1 Peter 5:8) and being the murderous thug he is, he took their invitation, waited until the time was right and the rest is now history. Regardless of what you believe, it is now time to forget what is behind and press on to those things which are ahead.
The body of Christ is there on the ground helping to comfort, protect and rebuild. It will not happen without effort and prayer. You need to be helping or praying or both. Haiti needs help, they do not need our righteous judgement or condemnation. They need to see, feel, taste, smell and hear the love of Jesus. They are receiving all of that right now, pray they will embrace Jesus, bind up Satan and cast him out of their country. (James 4:7) If they can, God will show us what heaven on Earth looks like, because I believe, if you have seen the pictures coming out of Haiti now, we know what Hell on Earth looks like.
Until next time, remember: You overcome Satan by the blood of the Lamb and the word of your testimony, and by becoming a living sacrifice. Revelation 12:11