How are you counting yourself today? Are you stuck carrying the luggage of sin around like it’s still alive or have you let go of your shame and unfaithfulness and will you count yourself alive to God today? It is for freedom that we have been set free. Be free today!
25 “Therefore this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will now restore the fortunes of Jacob and will have compassion on all the people of Israel, and I will be zealous for my holy name. 26 They will forget their shame and all the unfaithfulness they showed toward me when they lived in safety in their land with no one to make them afraid.
29 I will no longer hide my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit on the people of Israel, declares the Sovereign Lord.”
Ezekiel 39:25-26, 29
Do you carry your shame and unfaithfulness with you like luggage on a journey? Once God has forgiven you and perhaps even disciplined you and then restored you, do you still carry your shame around? God has removed our sins from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). So if God has separated us from our sins, why would we still carry them around?
God’s plan for us is to forget our shame because we are living in safety in his hand in which no one can make us afraid. What would we be afraid of? In Israel’s case, they might have feared God allowing them to be overthrown and exiled again – that God would stop protecting them from threats.
For us, we might be afraid that we will fall into our shame and unfaithfulness again. And if we spend our lives in fear of falling into sin again, we are focusing on our sin and on temptation instead of focusing on living for God and our victory in Jesus over sin. Might I suggest that both have a good chance of being self-fulfilling prophecies…
Paul offers a better direction for us in Romans 6, in which he encourages, “9 For we know that since Christ was raised from the dead, he cannot die again; death no longer has mastery over him. 10 The death he died, he died to sin once for all; but the life he lives, he lives to God. 11 In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus, (Romans 6:9-11).
How are you counting yourself today? Are you stuck carrying the luggage of sin around like it’s still alive or have you let go of your shame and unfaithfulness and will you count yourself alive to God today?
This is why Jesus died and rose again, not for us to continue to be stuck in shame and unfaithfulness; rather, for us to be alive to God in him.