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Monday, September 20, 2010

Putting the English on it

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 brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God night and day.” Revelation 12:10 (NASB)

I believe it was baseball manager Yogi Berra who was asked by a reporter why his team lost the game that day. Berra replied, “I guess we made too many of the wrong mistakes.”

When it comes to the mistakes we’ve made in our lives, Satan, the ultimate adversary, runs to God to condemn us. He is certainly good at it because he has been at it for thousands of years. But for those of us who are believers in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ all condemnation is worthless. When the accuser says to God; “(Your name here) has done (you name it) and certainly deserves to be punished and forsaken by You,” Christ immediately stands up in our defense and says, “Father (your name here) may have done (you name it) but that was put on me at the cross and forgiven by my blood. This charge has been pardoned. It won’t stick.”

When Satan brings up our past the Lord must remind him of his future for he will be cast down. Whether your mistakes were the right kind or the wrong doesn’t matter. Did Christ’s sacrifice on the cross take care of some sins or all of them? If you leave them at Calvary they are forgiven and forgotten. When Satan accuses us of making the wrong mistakes, through Christ you can eject him from the game. When Jesus was nailed to the cross Satan is the one who got hammered. That’s a message that don’t need no clarifyin’.