by The Mad Preacher
*This is the hard copy to my latest YouTube video.
“All warfare is based on deception.” — Sun Tzu, The Art of War
As a believer the most important thing in life is to focus on making Jesus the Lord over every part of our life. What this means is that He is Sovereign Lord over our past, our present and even our future. Satan would have you forget that. He wants to gain a foothold in your life. So, in an effort to do this, he will try to distract you from this all-important truth. He uses the problems that life offers in hopes to deceive us into putting our eyes on them rather than on Christ. If he can do that he has accomplished his task of eliminating us as a threat to his kingdom.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2)
If Satan can get you to focus on your past, he can make you miss out on your future.
The past can’t hurt a real born again Christian. As far as the believer is concerned, the past is covered by the blood of Jesus. In the eyes of God all our sins and failures are completely erased when we embrace Jesus as our Lord. Because of this fact, God doesn’t concern Himself with our past. He’s much more interested in our future. God is much more concerned with what we will do than He is in what we’ve done. That’s why Romans 8:1-2 can boldly declare, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” In the original Greek this passage is literally saying. “Therefore, now, there is not even one bit of condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus… ” 
The reason for this wonderful truth is simple. When Jesus died on the cross he took all of our condemnation, or judgment, on Himself. Therefore, now, there’s nothing left with which to accuse us. In God’s eyes every born again believer’s sins are wiped out—gone forever!
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. (Acts 3:19)
It’s as if all of the sins of your life were written on a great cosmic blackboard. Every sin, every lie, every willful decision, every wrong done to others was written across the board in bold letters. However, when we came to Jesus, God wiped the board clean! When you repented and made Him the Lord of your life all of the sins you ever did, including the sins that you will do, were wiped away. Why is this true of our future sins? Because God destroyed your blackboard! No one can write any accusation on it ever again!
Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? (Romans 8:33-35)
“For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Hebrews 8:12)
“The reason that the Devil keeps bringing up your past is because, now, your deeds are covered by the blood of Jesus. So, the Devil can’t get any new material on you.” — D.W. Mayfield 
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. (Colossians 2:13-15)
That’s why we are clean before God. Who can accuse someone whom The Supreme Judge has pardoned? Romans 8:33 says, “Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies.” You may not be clean in man’s eyes. There are those who may have to pay a debt to society. But in the eyes of Jesus, to whom we will all give an account, you are as clean and as pure as a brand new baby.
“I have swept away your offenses like a cloud, your sins like the morning mist. Return to me, for I have redeemed you.” (Isaiah 44:22)
“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” (Isaiah 43:25)
You have been justified by Christ’s death on the cross. He took the rap for you once and for all. Jesus gladly received your sentence. He took your place on death row and paid the penalty for everything you ever did wrong. Furthermore, Jesus made a way for you to obtain forgiveness for everything you will do wrong in the future. WOW! Praise God for His grace and mercy!
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. (Romans 5:1)
The word justified, put simply, means just-if-I’d never sinned. You are spotless in God’s eyes because you, by faith, received the sacrificial work of Jesus’ death on the cross. You trusted Him as your Lord and Savior. You gave Jesus your sins and He gave you His righteousness. Good trade, huh?
Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. (Ephesians 5:25-27)
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21)
Now righteousness, or right standing, is what God sees, my friend, when He looks at his follower. He sees someone “without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless”—one who is “the righteousness of God.” Imagine that!
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:4-10)
True peace will come when we lay hold of this truth; God doesn’t look at our condition, flawed and sinful. He looks at our position, one who is “the righteousness of God seated in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus. He sees, “one who is seated in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” God doesn’t look at what you are or who you were in the world. He looks at who you are in Christ. So, the next time you start feeling like your life is wasted and there’s no hope for you, remember to look at your position—not your condition. View yourself as God sees you.
Listen to the heart of God for you. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Cling to that promise, my friend, and never let it go. God is nowhere near being through with you! The Devil would have you believe otherwise, but…hey, we know what a liar he is, right?
And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. (Hebrews 10:10)
He loves to hear the angels as they sing, “Holy, holy is the Lamb.”
Heaven’s choirs in harmony lift up praises to the great I Am
But He lifts His hands for silence when the weakest saved by grace begins to sing
And a million angels listen as a newborn soul sings, “I have been redeemed.”
It’s not just melodies and harmonies that catches His attention
It’s not just clever lines and phrases that causes Him to stop and listen
But when any heart set free, washed and bought by Calvary, begins to sing.
It’s His favorite Song Of All 
 The New Testament; An Expanded Translation by Kenneth S. Wuest. © Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. 1961
 My dear friend of many years, Doug Mayfield, is now with the Lord. He said this to me in a correspondence he sent me at a time that I was facing a great trial in my life.
 Favorite Song Of All ¾ recorded by Phillips, Craig & Dean on their album of the same name. Star Song ©1992 Dawn Trader Music (Admin. by EMI Christian Music Publishing)