December 22nd, 2017 — DEVOTE

It’s as old as the hills – pointing fingers… blaming others. It’s a power play the enemy uses to keep us in our place and make us feel like we can never rise above the situation and we are lost and defeated before we even get started.

I told you yesterday, the Bible comes right out and boldly tells us that Satan lost the battle, and him and all his comingelers were kicked out of heaven (Revelation 12:8-9 CEV). I also told you that’s probably why he’s so mad and relentless, because he wants us to feel like him. He’s a loser and wants to push those same feelings on us. He actually want us to believe him.

In verse 10 of that same chapter we read this…
“Satan accused our people in the presence of God day and night.” Revelation 12:10 CEV

That’s what he does. He attacks when we’re at our lowest. He blames us for the troubles in our life and those around us. He complains of our lack of righteousness. He implicates us in the horror of this fallen world. And you know what? He doesn’t even have to lie about. It’s not all truth, but it’s not all lies either.

So what do you do with his incriminating accusations? I told you yesterday, when Satan gets in your face and starts spewing all this belittling lies, you stand up, get in his face and tell him, “I didn’t come here to lose today!”

How do you do that? Get in the presence of God! In Isaiah 36, the King of Judah was a man by the name of Hezekiah. The king of Assyria was out and about destroying everything in sight and conquering every nation in his path. His commanders came to Jerusalem to scare the bejebbers out of the people of Jerusalem, that they were next on the hit list. They tried to confuse the people by telling them their God (our God) couldn’t stop the great king of Assyria, because no one else could. Sound familiar?

But here’s what stood out to me. We read it in Isaiah 37:1…
“As soon as Hezekiah heard the news, he tore off his clothes in sorrow and put on sackcloth. Then he went into the temple of the LORD.” CEV

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: It’s the same tactic that has always been used and will always be used by the enemy. We already know the enemy is going to accuse us unjustlly. He’ll condemn us for never being good enough. And you know what? He’s right! By ourselves, we’ll never be good enough! But Jesus is! Jesus is our righteousness. When the enemy comes knocking on your door, don’t act like your not home. Go answer the door and remind him, he lost, Jesus won, and you’re on the winning side.

Father,
Thank You for my victory through Your Son, Jesus. When I’m in Your presence I know all is well. Jesus in Your name I pray, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen