Romans 8:1-4, ‘There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. For what the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.’

The fact that Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins makes it unnecessary for you to suffer guilt, fear, inferiority and condemnation – for by His wounds you are free. As He hung on the cross, Jesus Christ was made to be a curse for you, as your substitute. At the point of forgiveness and reconciliation with God, Jesus Christ enters your life to put an end to your past and give birth to your future – a life that is free from the heavy burden of your unworthy past.

Satan delights in discussing your past because that’s the only information he has about you. He wants you to live your life through the lens of your unworthy past, for you to filter everything through it, to cripple your ability to act faith in the present and thus tarnish your future. This is nothing but a cunning plot – a common ploy of the devil – to disconnect you from God.

Your past doesn’t define your present nor determine your future. You can learn from your past without living in your past. Don’t dignify the devil’s deception with your attention – because your mistakes do not define you; they can refine you depending on your response.

As soon as you recognise that you have taken a wrong step, quickly get back on track. It’s all about your willingness to acknowledge your wrong, to lay your pride by the side, retrace your steps, get back on track with God and continue your journey of faith.

Prayer: Oh Lord, bend every stubborn heart and will. Guide the steps that go astray. Wash the stains of guilt away. Help us to see through Your eyes. Draw us to a closer relationship with You and grant us a greater understanding of Your heart. In Jesus Christ’s name, amen.