Put on your new nature, created to be like God–truly righteous and holy. -Ephesians 4:24 (NLT)
There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. -Romans 8:1 (NKJV)
Imagine a suit you could put on that would hurt you. It would wear you down, cut you, and injure you. But it would only do so if you chose to put it on. The longer you wear it, the more you’re broken down. When you’re wearing that suit and look in the mirror, you’ll see a distorted image of a defeated person. That suit turns you into Goliath to beat yourself up.
When we make a mistake, no matter how big or small, we can choose to repent (turn away) from it, ask for forgiveness from God and anyone affected, and we can continue our walk in Christ, unencumbered. Or, we can turn our mistakes into the worst millstones around our necks. We can choose to step into an torture suit of our own choosing and beat ourselves up to the devil’s delight.
God calls us to a life of victory, hard won by His Son at the cross for us. He didn’t die so we’d keep looking inward and torture ourselves, giving the enemy a serious stronghold in our minds. No, He gave us a direct line to Him when the temple veil was torn. We can bring our burdens to His feet in confession and repentance, then get up with His easy yoke and light burden!
The twisted feature of this Goliath is that it’s one you become yourself–to defeat yourself. This Goliath is like a torture suit you put on…one that harms you as long as you wear it. Throw that old, tired Goliath outfit in the trash (and no more fishing it out of the trash!), put on your new self, and move on to God’s glory.