My dad had two leg amputations both above the knee. It started with a sore on his big toe. It turned gangrene and caused it first to get amputated. The infection didn’t go away–it slowly crept us his first leg and ultimately made it’s way up. The doctors decided to amputate to keep the infection from spreading. A similar experience happened with his other leg.
I remember shortly after one of his amputations, while he was in the hospital, he asked me to scratch his foot. Looking a little shocked, I told my dad, “Dad, you don’t have a foot…there’s not a foot there to scratch!” The doctor later came in and told us it was phantom pain–this occurs when amputees feel as if they still have their limbs attached. It can be quite frustrating to the amputee because their is no relief for a period of time for the itching and it can sometimes be painful.
Is there such a thing as spiritual phantom pain? It occurs when God amputates sin n our lives whether it be a part of drugs, sex, selfishness, pride, gossip, or gluttony. These things start as small problems in our lives. A lot of times, we think that it’s not a big deal but in reality it’s doing something in us(gangrene is setting in) and then BOOM!….we all of a sudden are coming face to face with a part of our life that is totally gangrene and God has to go through the painful process of amputation.
We go through the amputation–God forgives us and completely removes the sin. We think, it’s a done deal and we can move on, but every once in a while, there is phantom pain. The reality is the sin has been completely removed as far as the east is from the west and totally gone, but Satan brings it up and even though we’ve been forgiven through Jesus, it makes us itch and certain things trigger the need for our old limb to be addressed and itch.
Is that you today? You’ve sough forgiveness and you got that sin amputated–but it haunts you? In the most inopportune time, something triggers pain from the past or a sin from the past?
As believers, we have to go to war against the enemy and we must believe, receive, and OBEY the Word.
The Scripture says, “He has removed our sins as far as the east is from the west”! Is this true or is God just kidding? In 1 John 1:9, it says, “If you confess your sins, He is faithful to forgive your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness!”
Believe, Receive, and OBEY! Obey is not always an action, but it is an agreement and understanding it is true. Walk in victory today knowing that you are covered by the blood of Jesus Christ!
Can I say though, if there is sin in your life and you are trying to justify it, you must really be careful. There are many people who have thought they confessed their sin, yet they only said a bunch of words that really had no commitment behind it. I am a living testimony of many times where I have sinned and I say words to appease me–thinking that I have sought forgiveness, yet in reality, I am still stuck with a spiritual gangrene limb. Gangrene causes a limb to stink.
There have been times in my life where I have not smelled real good. Thinking it’s bad breath, in reality, it is sin in my life that I have not really taken care of.
In 1 John 5:18, it says
“We know that those who have become a part of God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, for God’s Son holds them securely, and the evil one cannot get his hands on them.”
Do you have a habit of practice of sinning? Now, the temptation will be to justify our sin. Much like sticking up for our kids in front of other parents when they clearly have crossed a line. We want so much for them to be seen in a good light, so we justify the actions of our kids.
The same way with sin. We stick up for ourselves thinking that the God of the universe has no idea of what we are going through, but He knows our thoughts and words and deeds and one of these days we will be judged by these things.
Maybe it’s gossip, greed, hate, envy, murder(anger), quarreling, deception, malicious behavior, backstabbing, insolent, proud, boastful, disobedience to parents….(Romans 1: 29-31) If you constantly struggle with sin and it has become a habit…..an immediate amputation is needed.
Amputation comes following the directions through the Word of God (1 John 1:9) Check out Psalms 51 as an example how David received an amputation in his life. It wasn’t pretty, but death to the gangrenous limb was necessary for him to move forward after sinning.
So, what do you need to give to God that he healed you from years ago that is coming back to haunt you? What is it that needs to be amputated in your life in order to move forward with God?