The last time you looked in the mirror, what did you see? Maybe you haven’t looked in the mirror for a long time –I mean really looked. Oh, you quickly scrubbed your face, slapped on the lotion, applied your makeup, tried to make sense of your hair – then off to work, school, whatever. Best not to linger longer. You might actually begin to see yourself as you really are. You might begin to get that hopeless feeling, that keeps rising to the surface if you stop and think. No. Best not to think. But … stop! Just stop thinking – get busy.
Is this you? You are so discouraged. You got saved when you were young, but other things have crept in. Taken you over. Maybe you’ve even become a slave to something other than the Lord, Himself. YOU ARE NOT ALONE. So many Christians are drifting in that same boat. Why? We must go back to square one and make sure we are sitting in the right seat. Maybe you’re trying to sit in two chairs at once. Picture yourself standing in front of two chairs. You can’t decide which one you want to sit in so you sit in the middle of both. Not very comfortable – or safe! You’re really not depending on either one to hold you up. When you came to Jesus, you had a decision to make. There was one chair which stood for your own works – every way you could think of to make Jesus accept you – go to church, get baptized, read your Bible, pray. The other chair represented what Jesus already did for you on the cross, to satisfy the Father’s Holy and righteous demands and make you acceptable to Him. “He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin , that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” (II Corinthians 5:21 KJV) Hey – now God sees you in the righteousness of Christ. God is no longer judging you for your sin. He put it all on Christ when He was nailed to the Cross. Which chair did you choose at that time – Your own works or His works for you, by faith – believing He paid the price of All your sin on Calvary. Once you make sure you’re in the right chair, you can claim victory over sin.
At this wonderful Easter season, first go back to the cross. Don’t make Jesus’ sacrifice for you of no avail. Go back to His Word, where you once received confidence and assurance through His promises. “Oh, for the wonderful love He has promised, promised for you and for me. Though we have sinned, He has mercy and pardon, pardon for you and for me.” Then, claim the victorious power of the Resurrection. Yes, you will be tempted again. Claim God’s promise once more; immediately. You have the victory Christ has won! God will take over and give you the victory. Each time you’re tempted, you must claim the victory again. Some people are never faced with the same temptation again. Others have to go through many times of claiming the victory – sometimes failing, but at last acquiring the habit of claiming the victory. They are gaining that assurance that “God will not allow them to be tempted beyond what they are able to bear.” (I Corinthians 10:13 KJV)
Make sure you’re in the right chair, then claim all that is yours in Christ!