“When Satan reminds you of your past, remind him of his future” but then what?

Posted: June 24, 2010 in Christian living, encouragement and advice, hope and peace, sin
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Over the years I’ve heard people say, “When Satan reminds you of your past, remind him of his future.” While this may work when the accuser of our brethren (Revelation 12:9-11) reminds us of our past sins, what do we do when it is ourselves doing all the reminding? What do we do when our flesh (Romans 7:18 ,Galatians 5:17-26, Romans 8:5-18, 1 Peter 2:11) rises up and rears its ugly head? How do we deal with temptations that stream from our old desires?

The truth is we are all sinners (Romans 3:23). We all struggle with sin and temptations. I will say that a majority of the time we are our own worst enemy. We can blame Satan for our faults, but the truth is we do enough damage all by ourselves because of our sinful nature. I’m not dismissing the power of Satan to tempt us with sin (1 Peter 5:8); I’m just pointing out that we are fully capable to sin without his help. We are born sinners, and we are totally depraved because of this nature. I believe the advice of reminding Satan of his future when he reminds us of our past can keep our eye upon Satan instead of turning to Jesus when we are tempted by sin. Why even talk to Satan when we can go before God Almighty? Why waste the time talking to the father of lies (John 8:44) when we can approach our Father in Heaven?

My advice is very simple and to the point. When we are being tempted by the lusts and desires of our flesh, we need to go before our Father in prayer as soon as we are being tempted with sin. If we have a sin problem that is fed by elements in our environment, I suggest removing ourselves and/or those temptations from our grasp. For some, that means not going down the beer/wine aisle when grocery shopping. For others, that means blocking certain TV channels. For some, that might mean throwing out the home computer. And for others, it may be simply removing yourself from certain people. Since we all are different, we are tempted in different ways because of personal sin. The solution is always the same: go to Jesus in prayer and ask Him to help you. Jesus is faithful and He will never forsake us.

1 John 2:1-2 (NASB)
1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; 2 and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world.

Personally, I do not like the advice of reminding Satan of his future. I believe it’s far better to turn to Jesus when we are being tempted to sin. The time we are wasting telling Satan about his future can be used to go to Jesus, asking Him to deliver us from temptation.

Ephesians 6:10-18 (NASB)
10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.
12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.
13 Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.
16 in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
17 And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
18 With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

When we sin we need to repent instead of making excuses

  1. Fear not,for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. Iwill strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
    Isaiah 41.10

  2. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

    Hbrews 4:15-16

  3. isinrepeatedly says:

    I am going to try this. Thank you.

  4. Franz says:

    God is good… whenever temptations come I just close my eyes and say “God, you can do this”… and that temptation just goes away or I am able to get out of it. Yes sometimes we say it’s the enemy but if we keep doing that we won’t mature as Christians. We will not be able to uncover burdens that we might be secretly carrying

  5. stan says:

    I’d like to comment on Satanic accusations. Whether demons spend time accusing us directly to our minds or through someone’s evil words about already repented sins, that happens; but the person would have to be susceptible to that kind of torment for it to have a negative impact. However, many Christians are not thrown off balance by that tactic due to the peace they have with God once they are justified from their past sins.

    But based on the incidents in the bible when Satan has been before God to accuse believers, I don’t see that he’s there to accuse anyone of past sins. The devil accuses a person about what he would do if he is allowed to test them. This is what Job, the oldest book of the bible, shows us when Satan claimed that Job would curse God if he had his possessions, then, later, his health removed. Those tests proved him wrong on those points. Satan sought to test Peter and was successful in getting him to deny the Lord. Jesus told the Smyrna church “Indeed, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison, that you may be tested,” So, I take it that Satan seeks occasion in our lives to get us to fall away from our faith through whatever means he thinks would work best against us as individuals or as a local church. The Our Father contains a request that God would not lead us into trial. Jesus is showing us here, just as Job chapters 1 and 2 do, that God is in charge of granting or denying the devil working against us. Jesus told Peter to “rise and pray that he does not enter into temptation” just as the crowd of soldiers were approaching. It seems clear that the apostle ignored the counsel, for if he taken warning, he would have been spared the upcoming trial. However, his pride that he would not fall away even if all others did, kept him from humbling himself to ask God for help. We are allowed to petition God not to lead us into trials engineered by the devil. However, I don’t think it’s possible to have all trials removed, but unlike Peter, we must not think little of this wonderful petition we are granted to ask. Apparently, Job was unaware of that request.

    Since the devil has never been shown specifically accusing anyone before God of past sins in any of the incidents where we have any glimpse of this activity, there may be nothing for him to gain about bringing them up to God once a person has faith. However, he has much to gain if he can get a person to deny his faith by falling into sin or through great loss of wealth or health or fear of persecution. If a person is in sin or has accepted deception, or has already given the devil place, then the devil’s snare is working, the very thing he’s after. The person needs to be rescued through bringing about his repentance, such as 2 Tim 2:24-26 or James 5:19-20 show . Once he does, he can escape the snare. So, I see that the devil seeks the “falling away” of believers by getting God to agree to let him test them. Past sins however, if unrepented, are under conviction of the Holy Spirit for the purpose of repentance and restoration; if repented though, past sins are cleansed away and cast into the sea.


    • Becky says:

      I was searching the ” When Satan reminds you of your past. . .” quote to try and find the source of it and I found your question, What to do about it? I have just found the answer and it has completely changed my life. I’d let Satan beat me up so much mentally I was on the verge of death from ignoring medical issues and I almost asked my husband to leave. Now I’m happier than I’ve ever been and am passionately in love with my husband and think I’m so lucky to have him. My husband didn’t change but my understanding did. I now have the skills and knowledge need to crush Satan’s influence in my life. If you are ready to change your life and start fighting Satan and win go to http://eternalwarriorstraining.org/ and sign up for the Eternal Warriors class. It is available online so you can take it anywhere.

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