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Keep Your Nose Clean

Have you ever heard that phrase before? It is to insinuate that you need to stay out of trouble and not to get involved in things that could get you into trouble. Today, I want to give you a different thought about that phrase.



When training a puppy not to pee or poop in your house, many people will advise you to “rub their nose in it”. In reality, it is one of the worst things you can do. It breeds fear of their owner, and associates cruelty with no teaching of what to do instead and thus, perpetuates the problem.


The devil keeps a record of your past and attempts to “rub your nose in it” to keep you bound in shame. Unfortunately, some churches do the same. It is the DNA of the devil that has creeped into our assemblies. Religion rubs your nose in your past in an effort to “keep you humble”.


Religion rubs your nose in your past in an effort to “keep you humble”.


Rubbing your nose in your past doesn’t create being humble, but rather a piling on of shame. Just like a pet, it breeds fear, and associates your identity with what you’ve done. It gives the enemy authority over your life because you are agreeing with him, and discounting the blood of Jesus. That empowers the devil to wreak havoc in your thought life, drowning you in self-hatred.


God does not have any desire for you to have your past rubbed in your face. God sent Jesus to die for it. As a believer, to think about your past apart from the blood of Jesus is to think about something that no longer exists. Your past is gone. GONE. It has been cast as far as the east is from the west and is remembered no more. (Psalm 103:12) Why would you keep something in your mind that isn’t in God’s?


Why would you keep something in your mind that isn’t in God’s?


Agreeing with the enemy about your past empowers him to continue to deceive and destroy you. Agreeing with God about what His Son did for you on the cross empowers YOU to move forward in freedom with God.


You don’t need your past to keep you humble. You simply need to be in awe at the unearned forgiveness lovingly given to you. That will keep you humble.


So today, keep your nose clean. Don’t let religion keep rubbing your past in your face. Live in the freedom of undeserved forgiveness.

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