Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Breaking the Ties to the Sinful Past

As I was taking my trash out,  I had another strong prompting to get those things out of our presence that tie us to our sinful pasts.

What comes to mind is the accursed thing.

Deu 7:25-26  The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God.  (26)  Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.

Notice that the Israelites would become accursed like the thing they brought in to their house?  Take note that these were people under covenant.

God wants us to be free from our sinful pasts.

1Pe 1:13-16  Wherefore girding up the loins of your mind, be sober and set your hope perfectly on the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;  (14)  as children of obedience, not fashioning yourselves according to your former lusts in the time of your ignorance:  (15)  but like as he who called you is holy, be ye yourselves also holy in all manner of living;  (16)  because it is written, Ye shall be holy; for I am holy.

Rom 13:14  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof.

This means burning the ships behind that ties us to the  sinful past because our citizenship is now heaven ( Philippians 3:20 ).  There is no going back.  Part of repentance is burning those bridges to the sinful past and getting rid of those provisions of the flesh.

Take some time to pray and ask the Lord if there is something that you should get out of your house.

For some of you, the Lord has already been dealing with you in this area.  This may be a confirmation.