Visualizing Failure, by Dr. Scott Hadden

I just love the social sciences and their descriptors. In describing an individual in treatment, the observation made was he “lacked any true retrospective insight.”   In other words he still believed a lie concerning his past.  I see this belief in history as well.  We know that what we learn from history is that we don’t learn from history.  So what does that have to do with living life in Christ?

Consider these verses: Hebrews 9:22, “And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.”  Hebrews 10:12, “but He, having offered one sacrifice for sins for all time, sat down at the right hand of God.”  Hebrews 10:19, “Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus.”  All of our sins past, present, and future come under the blood of Christ.  As believers His blood has cleansed us totally and we can enter His presence through His shed blood.  Often we mistakenly think we need good performance or obedience before we can approach the Lord.  What does this have to do with visualizing failure?

In relationships (and self-perception at times) we lovingly “remind” our spouse or fellow believers of all the hurtful things and bad choices that they have made.  In the “reminder” there is no regard for the cleansing power of the blood of Christ.  We unwittingly remind others that the cleansing blood of Christ is of no effect.  Thus, we strap others to a belief that they are a failure and that even the blood of Christ can’t set us free.  We all have been cleansed through the blood of Christ which is precious in His sight.  We have been gifted the righteousness of God through Christ.  Let’s remind each other of His great forgiveness, power, and love.

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