A View of the Guiding Light in a World of Darkness is a weekly devotional that seeks to apply Biblical principles to our everyday lives, written by inspirational speaker and writer, Jeremy Curry.
6 One day the angels came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan also came with them. 7 The LORD said to Satan, “Where have you come from?”
Satan answered the LORD, “From roaming throughout the earth, going back and forth on it.” (NIV)
7 Now war arose in heaven, Michael and his angels fighting against the dragon. And the dragon and his angels fought back, 8 but he was defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in heaven. 9 And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. (ESV)
28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (ESV)
We have all done things in our lives we wish we had not done. Whether you stole candy out of the local store when you were a child or if you have done much worse things in your life, we have all sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). It doesn’t matter who you are; if you are human, you will fail, and you will fall. Unless you are God, the curse of sin ensures that this always happens to every man, woman, and child.
The more severe sins in our lives are the ones that eat away at us, the ones that we are constantly reminded of. They may be sins of the flesh, sins that involve stealing, sins that involve hurting the ones we love, or even sins that involve murder. Whatever the biggest sin is in your life, you will feel guilty about it. But, if we are forgiven through the blood of Christ, then why do we continue to feel the guilt? Why do we continue to feel the pain? Why do we not forgive ourselves as God forgave us? Why does grace sometimes not feel sufficient?
These questions often plague the mind of those who suffer most from their past sins. As Satan prepares to torture Job, we find him before the throne of God. God questions him and we hear Satan say that he has been roaming around on the Earth. This tells us that Satan is among us. He is a real and present evil. The last thing that he wants is for us to have a relationship with the one and only true God. He finds those things, those sins you are guilty of and accuses you. The evil one reminds you of your past. He makes you think of the things that would lead you to believe no one, not even our God, is capable of forgiving you. He will do everything he can to keep you from reconciliation from our Savior. The evil one roams throughout the earth looking to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). He is always near, waiting to strike, prowling like a “roaring lion” and ready “to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)
Not only does Satan look to harm us, but he continually accuses us. We see that he “accuses our brothers” literally “day and night before our God.” We are accused by Satan 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year. Satan wants so bad to separate us from God (via his accusations) that he does what he hates; he enters the presence of God. Without the strength from our Lord, we could never sustain ourselves against such evil. If you wonder why you don’t feel that grace is sufficient, why you can’t forget your past, or why you still feel guilty, it is because the enemy is constantly knocking at our door to remind us . . .to accuse us.
Have you ever thought to yourself that there is no way that God can understand my past because He cannot possibly have the amount of guilt I endure? Think of this for a second . . .Satan goes before our God day and night. Not just for a month or two, but for thousands and thousands of years. He accuses all of us, indicting us before our Father with accusations that may or may not even be true. If it were me, I cannot imagine the guilt I would feel as trillions upon trillions of sins were thrust upon me stemming from my very own creation. Yet, Jesus tells us in Matthew 11 that His “burden is light.” Imagine how big and powerful our God must be to handle these accusations day and night for millennia, and yet have a light burden. Our God is definitely an awesome God.
Fortunately, I have good news. In the end, Satan, the accuser, is thrown down and conquered by the blood of the lamb! Jesus has overcome! Imagine how it will feel to sit at the throne of God without anyone or anything accusing you. All of your sin and guilt will be completely cleansed. The hurt we feel will be no more. Today is a day of celebration. Our Savior, Jesus Christ, has defeated the enemy!
If you want to take part in this celebration, if you want to live with our Savior forever, John 3:16 tells us “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” If you believe that Jesus died for your sins and will cleanse you, that He will give you rest, that He will take away your guilt and shame, then pray this prayer, “Father, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus is my Savior. I believe He died on the cross for me. I want to live with you forever, and have rest. Jesus, please come into my heart and forgive my sins. I ask that the Holy Spirit live in me. Make me clean. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” You don’t have to feel the guilt any more. You’ve been set free!
Perhaps you have already accepted Jesus into your heart and you still feel guilt from your past sins. Remember as you are accused that Jesus has forgiven all of our sins. His grace is more than sufficient. The right of the accused is to accept that grace and forgiveness, apply it to our lives, and reach out to others who have the same issues you once had. My friend, Jesus has forgiven you. Don’t let Satan, the accuser, overcome you. It’s time to let the grace of our Lord and Savior fill your heart, fill your soul, and fill your spirit.
Father, fill us with your grace. Fill us with your Holy Spirit. Keep the Accuser from making us feel the guilt of sins that have been forgiven. Keep us on the righteous path, O God. Give our souls rest and give us peace. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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