By LWAM, Jul 16 2015 12:12AM
One night during a church service, a young woman felt the tug of God at her heart. She responded to God's call and accepted Jesus as her Lord and Saviour. The young woman had a very rough past involving alcohol, drugs, and prostitution, but the change in her was evident. As time went on she became a faithful member of the church. She eventually became involved in the ministry, teaching young children.
It was not very long until this faithful young woman caught the eye and heart of the pastor's son. The relationship grew and they began to make wedding plans. This was when the problems began. You see, about one-half of the church did not think that a woman with a past such as hers was suitable for a pastor's son. The church members began to argue and fight about the matter. So they decided to have a meeting.
As people made their arguments and tensions increased, the meeting started to get completely out of hand. The young woman became very upset about all the things being brought up about her past. As she began to cry, the pastor's son stood to speak. He could not bear the pain it was causing his wife-to-be.
His statement was this: "My fiancée's past is not what is on trial here. What you are questioning is the ability of the blood of Jesus to wash away sin. Today you have put the blood of Jesus on trial. So, does it wash away sin or not?"
The whole church began to weep as they realized that they had been slandering the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. Too often, even as Christians, we bring up the past and use it as a weapon against our brothers and sisters.
Forgiveness is a very foundational part of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. If the blood of Jesus does not cleanse another person completely, then it cannot cleanse us completely. If that is the case, then we are all in a lot of trouble.
One of the devil's main preoccupation is levying accusations on us. These could be past failures, weaknesses that we have struggled with for a long time, wrong turns in life and even past sins that we have already taken to the cross.
He tried to accuse Job before God once and also tried to accuse a high priest named Joshua but the Lord rebuked him. Prophet Zechariah documented this incident: “Then the Angel showed me (in my vision) Joshua the High Priest standing before the Angel of the Lord; and Satan was there too, at the Angel’s right hand, accusing Joshua of many things. And the Lord said to Satan, ‘I reject your accusations, Satan; yes, I, the Lord, for I have decided to be merciful to Jerusalem—I rebuke you. I have decreed mercy to Joshua and his nation; they are like a burning stick pulled out of the fire.’ Joshua’s clothing was filthy as he stood before the Angel of the Lord. Then the Angel said to the others standing there, ‘Remove his filthy clothing.’ And turning to Joshua he said, ‘See, I have taken away your sins, and now I am giving you these fine new clothes.’ (Zechariah 3:1-4)
When the devil means business he really has a hay-day with us. That is his profession: The accuser of the brethren. He certainly knows to attack. He attacks our hearts, our minds and our conscience. The devil does this with a view to wearing you down with guilt and self-condemnation. It is just like the horror film trilogy- 'I know what you did last summer'. It appears as though every time you try to deal with all the issues he keeps unearthing, he reels his head again with a sequel 'I still know what you did last summer'. You then go for counselling and try to get professional help to deal with these issues and as you start to rise above them the devil reminds you yet again - 'I will always know what you did'.
If you acquiesce and fail to resist the devil and all his lies, you will most likely be heavily laden with burdens of self-reproach and chronic guilt that you end up having difficulties accepting God's forgiveness. You cannot let the devil go home smiling for having achieved his mission of trying to cheat you out of God's grace and mercy by feeding your mind and spirit with his lies which convince you that there is no way God can ever forgive a sinner like you. Do not give up or give in. The debt is paid in full. He has no grounds to accuse us before a Holy God because Jesus Christ has fully settled forever all that God could have against us, and it is paid in full. We are not only forgiven; we are justified. We are declared righteous.
The devil is the father of all lies. You are not what the devil says you are, you are who God says you are. In actual fact, the truth of the matter is, we can and should resist the devil and his lies. The Word of God assures us that when we fully submit to God and draw near to Him, He draws near to us. If we then resist the devil, he will be left with no choice other than to flee from us (James 4:7). As you resist the devil, divinely position yourself by drawing near to God. The blood of Jesus helps us obtain the confidence to draw near to God with sincere hearts that are full of faith by having our hearts cleansed from all guilt and evil conscience (Hebrews 10:19-22).
When the devil reminds you of your past, remind him of his future. Jesus dealt with sin once and for all. God is able to save completely those who come to Him through Christ Jesus (Hebrews7:25). His blood is able to cleanse us completely from all sin (1 John 1:7). The blood of Jesus is powerful to purify even your conscience (Hebrew 9:14). In other words, when we come to Jesus, He forgives us and removes the power and guilt of sin. There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. No one can condemn or bring any charge against those whom God has justified (Romans 8:1, 33-34).
In the past we were without Christ and we had no part in the promises that God made to his people. We had no hope, and we did not know God. Yes, at one time we were far away from God. But now, thanks to Christ Jesus, we who once were so far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. God’s mercy is great, and he loved us very much when we were spiritually dead because of the things we did wrong against Him. God gave us new life with Christ. We have been saved by God’s grace. It was a gift from God. We cannot brag that we are saved by the work we have done. God has made us what we are, In Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-13)
Furthermore, God is love. Love keeps no record of wrongs (1 Cor 13:5) and covers a multitude of sins (1 Peter 4:8). When we truly repent and confess our sins, God (Love) is faithful and just to forgive us ALL our sins and to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9). When God (Love) forgives our sins, He remembers them no more (Isaiah 42:25). They are truly and eternally forgotten. When all this happens the scriptures declare you a blessed person. 'Blessed are they whose sins are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed are they to whom the Lord will not impute sin' (Romans 4:7-8). No one can curse those whom God has blessed. No one can condemn those whom the LORD has not condemned. God is not a man that he should lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Once God declares you blessed no one can reverse it! The blessing is irrevocable. (Number 23: 8, 19-20).
Charles Spurgeon spoke these reassuring words: “I know what the devil will say to you. He will say to you, ‘You are a sinner!’ Tell him you know you are, but that for all that you are justified. He will tell you of the greatness of your sin. Tell him of the greatness of Christ’s righteousness. He will tell you of all your mishaps and your backslidings, of your offences and your wanderings. Tell him, and tell your own conscience, that you know all that, but that Jesus Christ came to save sinners, and that, although your sin be great, Christ is quite able to put it all away.”
The Blood of Jesus is not on trial. It is powerful now as it was when Jesus shed it for us, and it will never lose its power. Apostle John the Revelator 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 brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night. And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony” (Revelation 12:10-11). Shalom
To give your life to Christ and accept Him as your Savior, please pray the following prayer:
Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and need Your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus died on the cross for my sins and rose from the grave to give me life. I know Jesus is the only way to God. So now I want to quit disobeying You and start living for You. Please forgive my sin and make me your child. I give my life to Christ now. I will live for You as You give me strength. Change my life and show me how to know You. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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