This is what God gave me today in His word:
You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish; you have blotted out their name forever and ever. The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins; their cities you rooted out; the very memory of them has perished. Psalms 9:5-6)
All the “enemy’s” cities have been rooted out, and their very memory has perished. How true that is in our lives today. All of Satan’s strongholds within us have been rooted out when Christ sent His spirit into us, and now we have no guilt or shame over them. You could say that the very memory of them has perished… When you think about it, the memory of something is really what keeps us attached (either negatively or positively) to that thing. An alcoholic who’s struggling to break free without knowing Christ may certainly break free for a time, but there will always be a memory of how good it felt in the moment. We tend to hang on to the “good” moments like that, while forgetting the consequences. This is not how it is with Christ, though. With Him, our memory is washed clean by His death and Resurrection for us.
A memory is really quite powerful, when you think about it. A memory can remind us to not put our hand in the fire, or to call 911 in an emergency. A memory can also remind us of the (no matter how temporary) pleasure that there is in sin. People addicted to something will, even after breaking their addiction, say that there is always a “want” to have that thing again – there’s always a memory that haunts them for the rest of their life. The thing is, God knows this about us. He knows that we feeble humans are drawn to pleasurable things. This is why people often claim that God is cruel in some way to make us like this; make us to seek out some form of pleasure. However, it isn’t cruel of God to have made us like this, rather it’s a blessing. The more we seek, the more we’ll find that all pleasure that this Earth has to offer is temporary. The effects of a drug wear off, a cigarette comes to an end, and a person can only stay drunk for so long. However, Jesus is eternal. God made us to seek pleasure, so that we will realize that only true and lasting pleasure comes through worshiping Him.
You are Loved!