"31Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." (Hebrews 8: 31-32)
Jesus Word is grace and peace because of all that He has done for us at the Cross:
"Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." (John 6: 29)
"A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another." (John 13: 34)
John affirms these new commandments for the New Covenant in his epistle:
"And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment." (1 John 3: 23)
When we believe in Jesus, we accept that He has taken care of all our sins forever:
"12But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; 13From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. 14For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified." (Hebrews 10: 12-14)
Today, we are no longer trying to make ourselves right with God, but we are invited to grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord:
"But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen." (2 Peter 3: 18)
God invites us to renew our minds to the truth of God's Word, the truth who sets us free:
"1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God." (Romans 12: 1-2)
Many of us may still feel bad about what we are thinking or feeling. We spend more time trying to fix what we are feeling and thinking, rather than fixing ourselves on the Word of Truth, which sets us free (John 8: 31-32)
There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus, and for God we are accepted before Him because of His Son (Ephesians 1: 6; 1 John 4: 17).
Therefore, the fight is one of faith, of resting in the truth that we are justified from all things because of Jesus (Acts 13: 38-39)
The Word of God does not pass away, and the truth of God's Word does not go away because I feel bad or think bad thoughts. The circumstances I face, or the limits on my understanding of how great Jesus is, does not stop Jesus from speaking the Word of Truth and bringing faith and healing into my or anyone else's situation. We may put limits on His power, but even our limits He pushed past to work in our lives.
He invites us to believe on what He says of us. We take His Word, not ours, for what is the truth about who we are.
He invites us to replace the bad thoughts, the false feelings, with the truth of His Word.
I spent a long time trying to fight against bad thoughts, because I was ashamed of that thinking, convinced that I was losing fellowship with God.
Today, I choose to take God at His Word, that His Son take care of all sin, and His Blood cleanses me from all sin and grants me fellowship with Him and the rest of His Body (1 John 1: 7)
It does not matter what thoughts may come to mind, He has declared His Good News to us, and so let us replace the bad thoughts with the true, the good thoughts of God's goodness for us, all because of His Son.