On the cross, Jesus paid the price that was ours to pay. Our sins are forgiven and we have eternal life. But sometimes the devil still causes us feel guilty. He uses our fickle feelings, our feelings that change with every shift of the wind, to make us fall once again under the burden that Jesus took from us. How do we live in God’s truth and not by our feelings?
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Fickle Feelings – Not Feeling Forgiven
Sometimes after prayer, when I come before God and have confessed my sins to Him and laid it all at the foot of the cross, Satan wants me to forget the truth of redemption and I will continue to feel that burden of my sin.
You see when I have confessed and claimed God’s Word that says…
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
1 John 1:9 ESV
…Satan will immediately go after my feelings and make me feel like I didn’t do enough. Like I wasn’t yet forgiven.
Satan wants me to feel that somehow I haven’t done enough, as though forgiveness was in my own hands.
It is a lie and it is a damaging one at that because it seeks to minimize the work of the cross and puts the focus on me instead. It seeks to make me strive to achieve my own forgiveness.
The Power of the Word Over Our Fickle Feelings
Satan deals in feelings and feelings are fickle; they can change on a dime!
It doesn’t matter how I feel after I have confessed sin. What matters is what God says about it. What matters is what Jesus does with it.
He takes ALL my sin, ALL my shame and makes me as white as snow!
“as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” ESV
They are dead…buried! Jesus paid the price!
By making us feel unforgiven, Satan ensures we keep resurrecting them! Jesus buried them and we keep digging them up!
Satan attempts to keep us from living in victory and instead living in burden and shame.
The Lies of the Devil
He is a liar! He is the father of lies! And our feelings DO lie!
Our fickle feelings change! God is constant! His grace and His mercy are constant in our lives!
I don’t need to feel forgiven. I just need to focus on God’s truth and my feelings will get in line with that as long as I keep focused on His promises!
If I confessed my sin, He IS faithful and just to forgive me and cleanse me of ALL…not some but ALL…unrighteousness. Jesus paid the price already! It is done! It is finished!
By standing on His truth and not relying on your own fickle feelings, it WILL change how you feel and your spirit will line up with it. His truth defeats all lies!
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