Jesus replied, “Truly, truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” John 3:3
There is a fable (a short story, typically with animals as characters, conveying a moral) that tells of a frog who was placed in a pot of water that was being heated. As the water became hotter, the frog recognized the increased temperature but failed to jump out of the pot on time, which led to its demise. While biologically, this story holds no real truth because a frog would desperately attempt to escape its situation, we will utilize the frog to demonstrate our tendencies.
When we make the decision to follow Jesus, we are redeemed from our sins. Our lives have a new beginning; we are given a spiritual rebirth, all of the old sins are washed away; hence the reason Jesus sacrificed His life for us. Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new. 2 Corinthians 5:17. As we attempt to grow spiritually through the faithful study of God’s Word and communication with God through prayer, Satan has another plan.
Let us use the story of the frog in the pot. We are the frog who was enjoying the tepid water, which represents our new life through Christ. But Satan begins to turn the heat up by reminding us of past events, old situations, or bringing unbelievers back into our lives. The reflection or involvement of the past prevents us from recognizing the rising temperature in the pot, and before we realize it, the water is boiling, and our new life in Christ ceases to exist.
We must do our part and “Jump out of the pot before it reaches the boiling point!” Leave all people, places, and things alone that do not promote your spiritual growth. “Do not call to mind the former things; pay no attention to the things of old. Isaiah 43:18. Pray for the deliverance from your past. Study the Bible, and thank God for the blessings of your new life that allows for spiritual growth. We can enjoy the tepid waters of joy and peace that is only available through Jesus Christ.
For behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. Isaiah 65:17
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2020
Prayer: Dear God, We ask you for the spiritual discernment to recognize when Satan attempts to use our past to destroy our new lives with you. Please give us the strength to move forward in your name, and to grow closer to you. We ask this prayer in Jesus’ Holy name. Amen.