March 17, 2008

Satan is the father of Lies

As Christians we have much to praise God for! Approaching the celebration of Christ's death and resurrection is yet another reminder of all he has accomplished for us. He has accomplished just that: ALL. Because of his sacrifice on the cross, he conquered eternal death and sting of its punishment, the punishment we rightly deserve because of our sinfulness.

Does Satan ever use your past to accuse and condemn you? As a child of God, have you been deceived into thinking you are not fully clothed in garments of righteousness (Is. 61:10)? I enourage you to meditate on Christ's complete sacrifice and the saving grace he offers us. Because of what he accomplished on the cross, God sees us as worthy vessels to do His work on earth, and He has completely washed our sins away--never to condemn us again.

Therefore, "walk in my ways and keep my requirements," (Zech. 3:7). Because God is working in us, the results of this transformation should be us desiring to be obedient--to do His will--to be blameless and pure in a crooked and depraved generation. We are God's representatives on earth. (Phil. 2:12-15)

This Easter weekend, ask God to keep His complete sacrifice in the forefront of your mind, and to remember that you need not be discouraged by past sinfulness. "Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." (Phil 3:13b-14)

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