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Monday, August 06, 2007

Something Neat

I read this during my devotions a couple days ago and I really liked the picture of it, so here it is.

From the book The Heartache No One Sees by Sheila Walsh

Romans 8:33-34 Who shall bring charge against God's elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

While Satan would stand at our right side and condemn us, Christ stands at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. What a miracle! What a gift of grace! Can you get a picture of this in your mind's eye? It is a picture worth carrying with you at all times because it is the truth of what is happening in the spiritual realm.

See yourself standing with all your faults and failures, and Satan is whispering into your right ear:
"You did it again!"
"You'll never change."
"You're a hypocrite!"
"God couldn't love you!"

Then picture Christ, standing beside His Father, praying for you:
"I love her, Father."
"She is my heart."
"I paid for her sin."

Never forget that Jesus Himself stands beside His Father calling out your name. You might want to write out that passage or commit it to memory so that the next time waves of condemnation wash over you, you can deflect the lies with the Word of God.

You can say, "Be quiet, Satan! Listen, do you hear who is praying for me?" That will send him fleeing from you.

That is the reality of the situation in heaven: Jesus interceding for us. The reality of the situation here on earth is that Satan is constantly standing at our right hand, lying to us and about us, spitting the ice-cold venom of hatred at those God loves. Recognize the source. Remember who he is and resist him in Jesus' name.

Anyways, that's the gist of it. The imagery made me cry. I to often forget what Christ has done and is still doing for me and that picture helps remind me that I do have someone that loves me so much that I can stand before the throne of God with all my faults and wrong doings while He prays on my behalf, pleading my case before His Father. Amazing!