RANSOM (Definition)The redemption of a prisoner, slave, or kidnapped person… for a price.
We once were slaves to sin, unable to fight against it’s captivating power, but that was then and Jesus is now! Jesus paid the price for our freedom! We are no longer a slave or prisoner to sin for the power over sin is Jesus! Jesus lives inside of us, giving us the power to resist the temptations of sin. When we know who we are in Christ, sin loses all luster for we see sin for what it is. Sin is an evil disgusting force that wars with our relationship with God. Sin is now beneath us because God raised us up and seated us with Jesus in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 2:6)
You are greater than sin! You are stronger than sin! You have overcome sin because you have Jesus. God forgave and forgot every sin you ever committed. “Hebrews 8:12 For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” This means that when Satan makes you feel shameful about your past, remember, it is only attempts to control you with shame. God has no recollection of any sin you have ever sinned. In God’s eyes, you never sinned. Jesus took what sin or stain of sin that would have been on you, and nailed it to the cross. It is no longer on you or a part of you! Next time the enemy tries to make you feel ashamed of your past, thank him for showing you where you once were and where you are now, because of Jesus! Turn the temptation to feel shame into a means of glorifying God!
Remember also: when you are being tempted, you are not sinning! Temptation is not sin! If it were, Jesus would have sinned in every way. Temptation does not reveal that you have evil inside of you or that you carry a sinful, evil desire. Temptation only reveals that you are now at war with Satan! If temptation revealed evil in you, or the desire of evil, then Jesus would have been evil in every way, or would have desired evil in every way! Jesus IS perfect and has perfected your past! Don’t let Satan blind you to what Jesus has done for you! When the enemy tries to shame you by reminding you of past sin, praise God for where He rescued you from and where He now put you. You are now in Christ Jesus, and He is now in you!