“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8: 35-39
Lately I have allowed Satan to torment me on my self esteem issues. From my ability to take on a higher position at work, the Women’s ministry I’m hoping to begin and my weight issues. I say allow, as I did earlier this week, because I haven’t been spending the time with God that I should be. There are no rules and regulations about this but the more we do spend time with God the less Satan is able to get to us.
But one of the things Satan also does at times is try to make us think that our salvation is at risk. Which, my friend, if you have truly given your life to Christ it cannot be. I was reminded about this with a conversation I had with my awesome mama this week. Here’s the jist of what we spoke about…When you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior you are blessed with the assistance of the Holy Spirit. Once you accept adoption into God’s family the Holy Spirit enters you and guides you in all your ways. He gives us the desire to help others and helps us to hopefully sin less.
I have to be honest, as I stated in ‘But God’, I’ve always believed in God and Jesus Christ. And I’ve loved them too. However, I didn’t give my life to Christ until 8 years ago. This is the time that I accepted Jesus as my LORD and not just my Savior. Once I did, the work of the Holy Spirit did in me was crazy! There are things that I had thought were ok to do but really weren’t. Suddenly I felt so extremely uncomfortable with those things that I could not be around them anymore. It is something I now ask God regularly to do, ‘if there is anything that I do, say or think that displeases you please make it so distasteful to me that I can no longer do it.’
But then what does Satan do? He’ll jump right in when we slip up. And WE WILL. We are human. We are faulty and often selfish people. We will all, at times, struggle with different sins. God already knows that we are going to fall. Although it makes Him sad when we do, He isn’t going to stop loving us because of it. We need to turn to Him. Ask Him, not just to forgive you, but to help you as well. What do you think kept the prodigal son away from his father for so long? He had gotten to the point of living and eating with the pigs…just about the worst thing a person of the Jewish faith at the time could think of. Why would anyone choose to live in those conditions if they had someplace safe and comfortable they can be? Satan and his lies-that’s why. Satan likely made him believe that his father would no longer accept him because of his poor and selfish choices. But did he? No. His father looked out for him. Every day. And when he saw his son in the distance he ran to him with his arms open wide with only love and joy on his mind.
Jesus’s death and resurrection made our sins null and void, giving us a clean slate in the eyes of God. All those sins, and for myself alone that is many, were placed on the shoulder of the only sinless person, Jesus Christ. And He took those sins upon Himself willingly so you and I do not have to suffer the eternal consequences of those choices.
Friends, if you have accepted Jesus-who is the Way, the Truth and the Life-as your Lord and Savior, do not allow Satan to keep you away from the grace and mercy that is rightfully ours by our faithful God. Get into the Word (Bible), pray to God/Jesus/Holy Spirit and take time to listen for them as well.
The Word gives so much instruction for our lives. Not just our regular day to day lives but our spiritual ones as well. Such as the book of Ephesians. I just finished a study on the Armor of God (chapter 6 of Ephesians) that instructs us to put on specific spiritual armor to be prepared for attacks from the enemy (Satan). However, much of the book describes how each piece of armor works. You see, if we only read chapter 6 we wouldn’t know that earlier chapters described what each one truly can do for us.
Yes, I might as well say it now….I will be persistent in this blog in nudging you to read the Bible. Read it for yourself. Let God speak to you directly. He’s waiting for you.
I pray each of you will have a safe and blessed Sunday.
In Jesus’ precious name.