God gave us life, intending for it to be a beautiful and exciting gift. However, for it to turn out that way, we need to filter out all distractions and keep Him squarely in our focus. We have an enemy who is trying hard to insert himself into our consciousness and steal our focus away from Jesus. With that in mind, it’s our job to be careful of where we direct our attention.
We all make mistakes; we have a choice of either beating ourselves up over them, or forgiving ourselves and moving on. The first choice opens us up to guilt and self-condemnation, and traps us into an obsession with our sins. The second choice has been made available through God’s grace. “Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye”(Colossians 3:13). When we find it hard to forgive others, or ourselves, accepting His forgiveness allows us to get back to living again.
Getting mired in unforgiveness is a side effect of the old, expired Law of Moses. The devil uses mindsets based in the law to accuse us and remind us of our past sins, as well as every hurtful thing others have done to us. This traps us into wrong-thinking, which results in wrong-living. Thankfully, sin no longer has power over the believer. “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14).
God wants to bless us; Satan suggests that we’re sinners who aren’t good enough to deserve blessings, and that we have to do something to earn them. Focusing on sin creates sin-consciousness, and gives it the power to dominate us. Focusing on Jesus, instead, reminds us that His grace has taken care of sin permanently.
What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin (Romans 4:1-8).All we need to do is believe in this grace.
We give strength to whatever we meditate on, whether it’s good or bad. Meditating on what God wants for us causes it to come to pass. It also neutralizes the enemy. “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).
Our efforts to follow the law cut us off from God’s grace, cause us to sin more, and move us away from the kind of abundant life He wants for us. This is just what the devil wants. “The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law” (1 Corinthians 15:56). However, Jesus has moved us out from under the law and all its constraints. Giving our attention to Him strips the enemy of his ability, and reminds us of our right-standing with God.