When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh (worldliness, manner of life), GOD MADE YOUR ALIVE TOGETHER WITH CHRIST, having [freely] forgiven us all our sins, having cancelled out the certificate of debt consisting of legal demands [which were in force] against us and which were hostile to us. And this certificate He has set aside and completely removed by nailing it to the cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and uthorities [those supernatural forces of evil operating against us], He made a public example of them [exhibiting them as captives in His triumphal prodession], having triumphed over them through the cross. (Col.2:13-15)
God did it. Not us. I have to remember that. My mind knows but my heart is unsure. Sin does that. It not only trips you up when you make a mistake but it has you revisit that mistake over and over again. Hell in the present. And there’s no way out. The principle, “a dog returns to its own vomit”, stands at my heart. How does God have the power to forgive and keep forgiving me of all my sin? Not that I want to be continually sinning to continual receive His forgiveness, but I’m kind of over this whole sin thing. Like when is this vicious cycle gonna end?! It slows me down from running this race. I wish I could make better decisions and more consistently choose Christ.
Here’s the game changer: Christ chose me. He ran the race for me. He forgave me eternally before I asked. He cleaned up the vomit. He overcame Hell. All of this inner talk… it has already been finished. That’s old news. Live in the new. See the mind is a powerful thing. We can keep reliving the past as much as we want. And we can stay there if we so choose. But the reality of today is that God made us alive in Christ. And whenever He does things, it’s not just for one moment in time, but for all of the moments. Whatever He does lasts forever and ever and ever. Heart, trust God. Lean in to Your Savior and be filled with His everlasting love. Live alive.