In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace Eph 1
The blood of Jesus Christ has cancelled the debt held over us by Satan for the Devil has no legal right to us for we have been redeemed. Jesus has walked into Satan's dominion and has paid the price to buy us back to where we rightfully belong. The price has been paid for the old man has been put to death through the shed blood of the Lamb of God. The title deed has been passed from Satan to God for we have been brought out of darkness into light.
Our sins have been forgiven and the debt held over us has been cancelled but if we have un confessed sin; meaning sin that has not been forgiven Satan still has a legal right over our lives. I do not believe that we who follow Christ realize the implications of this fact. Un-confessed sin enables Satan to hold onto our life and no amount of prayer and counseling will alter this fact – we still belong to the enemy. Satan will not let us go for we still belong to him and he knows this and he will wave the legal papers before God with glee.
The other way that we still give Satan a title to our life is if we have not forgiven others. We are not entitled to claim forgiveness from God above the measure in which we forgive others as per the Lord's prayer. Therefore if we have failed to forgive others there is an area in our life that is not forgiven, and if not forgiven by God Satan has a strong hold over that aspect of our soul. He still has a legal title to rule over us.
It is time for us to wake up and claim our rightful place in the heavens, seated where Christ is seated in power and victory, washed by the water and the word and dressed all in white robes with a crown of victory on our heads.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sinsand purify us from all unrighteousness 1 John 1
Bear with each otherand forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Col 3
I am glad that you brought up what unforgiveness does in our lives as well as our need to seek forgiveness from God. I think the former often gets overlooked.
Thanks again for the reminder of the power of not fulling accepting forgiveness nor granting it. We remain as the unforgiving servant in Matt. 18, jail cell door wide open if we choose to accept, give and walk out.