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Friday, June 1, 2012

The Power of His Christ

Lord, please bless this time as I concentrate on Your Word. Amen

"... the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb ..." (Revelation 12:10-11)

Not only will satan accuse you before God, he will also accuse you at the judgment bar of your own conscience. Through Christ we have the power to overcome our adversary.

When satan comes at you with his accusations, you can refer him to the case Jesus successfully pled for you. Your sins are completely cleansed by His atoning blood (1 John 1:7). But you must make sure hear heart is clean today.

The Bible tells us not to give place to the devil (Ephesians 4:27). If you allow sin to reside in any part of your heart, you will give satan an unholy campground from which he can wage war on the rest of you. You'll never overcome him as long as you cling to your sin.

Now the Holy Spirit will convict you of sin, and He'll do it in a way that will lead you to repentance. The devil just wants to make you feel bad overall. He'll try to saddle you with a nagging feeling of guilt and render you ineffective. He wags his finger at you, but the Holy Spirit will put His finger right on the sore spot in your life and push! He'll let you know exactly what needs to be confessed so that you can pray specifically as you ask for God's forgiveness.

If satan can't make you feel bad about things in general, he'll name some sin that has already been forgiven and try to bring you into double jeopardy about it. But the Holy Spirit will never do that. If you put your sin under the blood of Jesus Christ and it comes up again, it isn't because God is bringing it up.

Just remember, the devil's accusations will drive you to despair and push you further away from God. Holy Spirit conviction, which is legitimate and specific, brings you to confession and repentance, cleansing and joy.

~Adrian Rogers~

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