Recently I visited Great Falls Montana. While I was there I started talking with a fellow. He talked on and on about the terrible things that had been done to him over the years. He had a lot of un-forgiveness in his life and every situation waged war against his mind. I realized that he is living the life of a defeated Christian.
My heart went out to this fellow. I started sharing with him about my life. You know we have all been hurt in the past. Maybe cruel words were said about us or maybe we were abused in some way. It is what we do in these situations that demonstrate whether we are mature or defeated Christians. A defeated Christian will push these problems into the closet of their mind, close the door tight and seal the door with a lock. These problems are ignored when they should be shared with wise council and prayed over. Jesus knows every one of our thoughts. Why wouldn't He know what is in the closets of our mind?
And to make matters worse these problems produce un-forgiveness and bitterness in our lives. I remember situations in the past where I was bugged by one of these pesky problems. That thing would come to my mind while I was on long drives or when I was relaxing in a swing in my back yard. These tucked away problems were robbing me of joy.
Then I shared with this fellow how I cleaned those old issues out of the closets of my mind. I said, "I put all that stuff under the blood of Jesus."
I told Jesus, "Today I am opening the closet doors of my mind. Jesus, I want you to wash my mind with Your Blood."
You know, the Bible says the Lord will forgive our sins and put them away from us as far as the east is from the west.
The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103:8-12 (NKJV)
And the Lord says He will remember our sins no more.
For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more. Hebrews 8:12 (NKJV)
Well I tore out those closets and put those old thoughts under the Blood of Jesus. Do you think everything was Hunky Dory after that? Absolutely not! You see this is a daily process that Christians must continue through life. Soon we begin dealing with these issues before they enter our minds. A healthy Christian begins to recognize hurtful situations right away and begins to ask God to forgive those who are causing the hurt.
If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained. John 20:23 (NKJV)
Through the blood of Jesus we have become Redeemed Christians and not Defeated Christians. It says in Romans 12:2 that we need to renew our minds. Jesus wants us to start cleaning house today. He wants us to open those old dusty closets and clean them out.