No Turning Back
Daily Devotional for September 16th
Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching to those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14
The Christian life is so similarly compared to a person who leaves his native land and seeks citizenship in a new country. The new country’s freedoms, liberties and benefits draw people from near and far. The oppressive country is not even worthy to be compared to life in the land of true freedom.
When we give our lives to the Lord, we come desiring to be freed from the bondage of sin. Satan’s chains were heavy and his afflictions grievous. But when Jesus broke the chains, such a glorious liberty came. For the first time in our lives we were free and were able to enjoy life under new spiritual citizenship.
When Paul wrote to the believers of Philippi, he declared to them his resolve for his remaining days upon the earth. He would make a conscience decision to forget those things which were behind him. All of the glamor, flash and show of this present wicked world would no longer draw him away from his newfound freedom. He was now a citizen of another world. If you’re a Christian, then you are a citizen to that same land.
After the chains of sin have been broken, Satan desires to bind you and I once again. Beware of the methods he used on you before. He knows how he enslaved you before. If he bound you once, he will seek to bind you with the same vice again. Our trouble is, we never see anything but what we think we can gain. This is how Satan draws us back into the world.
The majority of people who go back on God have forgotten what they’ve been rescued from and who they’ve been delivered from. Paul would totally shut the door on his old life. He literally burned the bridge to his former life. As a matter of fact, Paul’s name was even chained. He wasn’t even identified with the Saul of Tarsus that he was before.
If we look at our old life in any other way than that we are thankful to have been delivered from it, then it’s possible that the devil could lure you back into it. We must realize that life is so much better with Jesus as the Lord of our lives. Whatever may be pulling on you, tugging at you to draw back to a life of sin, just remember how miserable that life was. Satan has nothing that can be compared to anything God desires to give you. With all the great things that God has ahead of us, we should press forward and forget what we left behind us.