One day we will stand before God and Satan will be our accuser. We’ll know His accusations are true. Jesus will interceed as our advocate and declare that we’ve been forgiven. We’ve been adopted and we’re His children. God the Father will pardon all our sins.
I love that illustration. It’s not 100% theologically sound. It is a great way to represent what Christ has done for us. I think I first heard that from Bro. Dan, my first pastor.
We all know it’s true. We’ve sinned. If we were to stand before God with our accuser we’d have no defense. We’re guilty.
Satan is currently our accuser. We all struggle in one way or another. We know God loves us and He has forgiven us. But the accusations do not stop. Some true some false.
It’s like people think the world would come to an end if we swallowed our pride and worked together. Satan uses petty things to divide us and keep us from our Lord’s work. We’re suppose to be willing to lay down our lives for one another. Yet we fight over the dumbest things.
Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
(1 John 3:16)
Sometimes I want to tell people what I really think about the way they treat me. I want people to know how much it hurts. I’d do anything I could to help them. They’d turn on me without a second thought. Tears are filling my eyes as I think about this. I’m not using this as an illustration. I’m telling the truth. It makes me sad.
Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.
The thing is I know I’m guilty of plenty. Being forgotten. Being cast aside and treated like I’m nothing by people I love reminds me to repent. It reminds me to be thankful for my advocate. It reminds me to treat others the way I want to be treated.
I’m not the only one who feels this way. Most of us have been hurt by people we love. This is somthing that’ll continue until Jesus returns. Our hope must be in Jesus. Having others mistreat us should remind us of how wonderful He is. He will never love us less. He is always ready to forgive. He will never leave us.
We should fight for the dignity of our family, brothers and sisters in Christ, friends, and those who can’t fight for themselves. We must let God fight for us.
The tears have stopped. My heart is full of joy. My advocate lives in me. Satan can keep on coming with the accusations. Keep on pointing out my flaws. I’ll continue to recognize that apart from Christ I am nothing. With Christ I am a born again Child of God. I’ve been forgiven. I’ve been redeemed.
Please don’t feel sorry for me. Feel sorry for, and pray for, those who haven’t found peace in Jesus. Who don’t know how to love and forgive. Feel sorry for those who can’t shed a tear in their devotions and prayers. My victory is in Christ. I don’t expect to have an easy path through this life. I do know He is walking before and behind me. Neither life nor death can separate me from His love.
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night. (Revelation 12:10)