"There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus"--Romans 8:1.
One of Satan’s favorite weapons is false condemnation. He loves to make us Zook back at our past failures, or into the future at our probably equal failures (so he says), and then he puts us into a tail-spin of despair and depression. "Look at your pride, coldness, sensuality, worldliness, fruitlessness. You say you were born again or sanctified. Look at your-self! And if you have been that in the past, believe me, you will be exactly the same in the future!" In other words, Satan likes to talk in long-term generalities, based indeed on an element of truth, but built up into a huge lie; for God does not Zook on His children in a general sense as proud, cold, fruitless, and so on. He sees them in Christ, being conformed to the image of His Son.
The difference between Satan’s condemnations and God’s convictions is that where Satan uses generalities pointing back to the past or forward to the future, God sees past and future in Christ and just deals with the present, and deals specifically. We walk moment by moment, step by step with Him, the past under the blood, the future in His keeping. We are in Jesus and He in us.
If our walk at this moment is beclouded with the rising up of some motion of sin in us, then God just points to that. "There," He says, "look at that, just that. Just get that right under the blood and then walk again with Me."
–From Continuous Revival
More Articles from The Intercessor, Vol 13 No 2
- Summing It Up
- Editor’s Note
- Moments with Meryl
- A Look at a Book
- "Having nothing, yet possessing everything."
- The Rescue: A Trilogy of Faith – The Prodigal
- The Rescue: A Trilogy of Faith – A Sister’s Faith
- The Rescue: A Trilogy of Faith – Reunion
- Tape Talk
- Questions & Answers
- The Total Remedy
- The Mailbox
- Words to Live By…