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Don’t Be Haunted

Don’t Be Haunted

"Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, "Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night." (Revelation 12:10)

This past week the Pastor was speaking about Samson in the Bible. He was a judge in the Book of Judges and had taken the Nazirite vow. The Nazirite Vow can is in the book of Numbers 6:1-2. A Nazirite cannot drink any strong drink. He cannot drink wine or eat grapes and cannot be around the vineyard. He cannot put a razor to his hair, and he cannot be in the presence of a dead person or animal. He must remain clean in the sight of the Lord at all times. In Judges 14, we see while on the way to seek a wife near Timnah Samson past through a vineyard where a lion charged him. Samson killed the lion with his bare hands. Later Samson returned to the vineyard, and there found the carcass of the Lion where bees had built a nest. From inside Lion’s carcass, Samson ate the honey that he found there. Samson broke the Vow of the Nazirite not once but twice, and that brought a pause to my mind. Why, when we know that we have sinned, do we return to that sin again? As Salmon wrote, "Like a dog that returns to its vomit Is a fool who repeats his folly." (Proverbs 26:11) Some of us have that problem, and we should be more serious about that.

But that is not the question that I have, but it is along the same lines. When we are forgiven of our sins, why do we allow the guilt of them continue to haunt us? Why do we at a time return to visit them? What should our attitude be about that in our lives? It is enough I think that our adversary stands before God accusing us of our past night and day. To no avail, I believe, but still what happens in the spiritual realm does affect the physical realm. If God has forgiven us through Jesus and removed our sins as far as the east is from the west, then why can we not remove them from our lives as well? "As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us." (Psalm 103:12)

We cannot allow Satan’s spiritual chatter to paralyze us when the truth is he is accusing us of sins that no longer exist in God’s books of record for us. We are not and cannot be sinless, but we are forgiven by the blood of Jesus, our Lord, and Savior, who is our advocate to remind Satan that His Holy Blood covers our sin. Our sin debt is paid in full, meaning our past, present, and future. We have accepted the truth and through faith, believe in the Word of God through Jesus. "If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free." (John 8:31-32)

We have to take comfort in what God had done for us when He forgave us. King David spoke of what God had done this way. "Hide Your face from my sins And blot out all my iniquities." (Psalm 51:9) Our repented and confessed sin God blotted out completely, and God has promised He would remember them no more. "For I will be merciful to their iniquities, And I will remember their sins no more." (Hebrews 8:12)

We often characterize sin from little sins to unspeakable sins. When we have seen the worst of it, another greater sin comes up on the horizon. Not only in the world we live in but also in our lives. So many times, I hear people say that God would never forgive them because they are so terrible. But sin is disobedience to God’s Word plain and simple; all sin bears the same weight, death. All sin has the same debt, and Jesus paid that debt on the cross with the sacrifice of His life. All of our sins became attached to the cross with Him. "When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross." (Colossians 2:14) No words have been spoken to conclude the argument that we have sinned greater than the forgiveness of God’s mercy than the words of Jesus at the point of His death. "Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit." (John 19-30)

We can have confidence then that Satan cannot have victory over us in the battle towards our righteousness. One of the purposes that Jesus came amongst us to live is to destroy the works of Satan. For this reason, when we allow Satan to influence our thought, we are giving in to a defeated adversary. We are pandering to a fallen angel that has already judged. "The one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil." (1 John 3:8)

Satan has the power of death, as to follow his deceptions and lies is to lead us on a path of destruction. But the work of Jesus on the cross and His resurrection from the grave defeated death, taking away Satan’s power. "Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil." (Hebrews 2:14)

On the day of Jesus’ crucifixion, a decisive blow came to the work of Satan, and his evil principalities and powers were disarmed and cannot stand against the power of our Almighty God. "Having been buried with Him in baptism, in which you were also raised up with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead." (Colossians 2:12)

In the Book of James, we see a quick truth in our fight against the constant attack of Satan and his demons. "Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you." (James 4:7) The key to winning against Satan is in the truth of God’s Word. By our faith in that truth, we are to speak it as it is, absolute truth. Courageously and boldly before all, so His light of truth may shine in the darkness of this world. The trouble in the world today is that there is no ethical and moral ground in society to stand on. The world offers no truth as their truth changes with the wind, which has no compass. Those who have gone on before us have overcome the world because of the blood of the Lamb, and they loved their life in His Kingdom more than this life here in the valley of the shadow of death. Don’t revisit the guilt of your sin as your Lord and Savior Jesus has taken it away. "And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death." (Revelation 12:11)

Thomas N Kirkpatrick

First Baptist Church of Durant, August 7, 2019

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  • It was hard for me to keep on living as if i didnt sin.. But when i started to also walk the road of repentance peace came to me

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