Embracing Accusation

Two very different characters with two very different purposes. Satin, the Dark Prince comes to kill and destroy. He tells us that we aren't good enough and that we're undeserving of God's Grace. He's right. We cannot attain any form of perfection, or even begin to come close to deserving God's grace, mercy, and love. But it has already been made clear that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God" (Romans 3:23). And yet, God still took us under His wing and sheltered us from the storm.
God, the Redeemer, our Lover and Dear and Sovereign Father, is the giver of life, the author of knowledge and of peace. He came to die for our sins that we may have life regardless of our transgressions. While we may not be deserving of His grace, He gave it to us anyway. Because He loves us that much!
He loves us...that makes me think of a song I used to sing: I Love You This Much by Jimmy Wayne. And while the song is based upon a boy's longing to be loved by his father who didn't love him, the very end the  those lyrics become a reflection of God's love and desire to love and be loved:

Half way through the service
While the choir sang a hymn
He looked up above the preacher
And he sat and stared at him

He said

'forgive me father'
When he realized
That he hadn't been unloved
Or alone all his life
His arms were stretched out
As far as they'd go
Nailed to the cross
For the whole world to know
I love you this much
And I'm waiting on you
To make up your mind
Do you love me too?
How ever long it takes
I'm never giving up no matter what
I love you this much
 Everyday we embrace accusation as the Father of Lies tells us that all our hopes of being good enough are wasted dreams and aspirations. He curses us who can't abide to God's divine plan. We are a fallen people who don't deserve God's love or Grace. 

He knows the Bible inside and out and preaches the song of the redeemed. He whispers to us what we know all-too-well, that we are cursed and gone astray and that we cannot gain salvation. It's useless to try. He's right. Alleluia he's right!And because of this, we as Christians are embracing accusation.

 Some may wonder if Satin tells the truth. Are we really broken and gone astray? And, if the penalty of sin is death, then death is mine? Are we really doomed? Damaged? Unworthy?

Ah, but listen...the devil is singing an age old song that we are all cursed and gone astray. He sings it so conveniently, doesn't he? But, he has forgotten one tiny detail. Satin has failed to mention something drastically important, so listen up! He's forgotten the refrain... JESUS SAVES!

Today and the rest of our lives we are embracing accusation for Christ. We know we are unworthy of his Grace and Mercy, and yet, He has given it to us freely. It's our choice whether or not to accept the gift He's given, to love Him, worship Him, and grow closer to Him--the loving, gracious, Heavenly Father!

Take courage in your trials for you are embracing accusation...a testament that we are imperfect and unable to take it on our own. When Satin tells us we can't abide, I wonder if he realizes just how reassuring that is to a Christian? So what if we can't abide? That's why we put our faith and trust in the Father!! The best part of is all is that Satin is right...Alleluia he's right!

"The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."~John 10:10


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