Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
The Enemy's Game (Part 23)
Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. For the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the Law of sin and of death.
Romans 8:1-2 (NASB)
If prosecution is the enemy's case against you, then condemnation is a life-destroying verdict. Criminals found to be guilty are chained and imprisoned. The progress of a joyful and productive life is stopped. In cases of spiritual confinement, consider:
1) Who is the merciless judge giving such harsh sentences? He's not your Lord. With great desire, God waits and longs for you. Like the father of the prodigal son, He wants you home. No matter what you've done, forgiveness and freedom await.
2) If God does not condemn you, then who is the awful judge? Is it Satan? No! God never granted him that power. Is it a man? No! God allows no person to determine your destiny. It is you? God forbid! Jesus died to give you a wonderful life.
For believers on earth, condemnation is a dirty, rotten lie. Whispering demons try to twist men's thoughts into a torment of guilt. Their successful campaign is seen in their victims' unsuccessful lives. Consider some signs: depression, self-hatred and under-achievement.
Actors, models and talent for Christ, never agree to condemnation: neither your own, nor that of others. While we're here and alive, we have hope.*
'This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the Forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever...' (Hebrews 6:19-20).
Now you can carry this hope forward. By refusing to condemn others, you reflect your King's Great Commission. Media is a bully pulpit to proclaim God's mercy and freedom.**
To Be Continued...
* 'Satan is checked by One that has conquered him, and many times silenced him. Those who belong to Christ, will find Him ready to appear for them, when Satan appears most strongly against them. A converted soul is a brand plucked out of the fire by a miracle of free grace, therefore shall not be left a prey to Satan' (Matthew Henry's Commentary on Zechariah 3:1-5): http://biblehub.com/commentaries/zechariah/3-2.htm
** Definition of bully pulpit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bully_pulpit
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the The Enemy's Game series.