Expect Accusation from Within
“Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1
A prosecuting attorney asks the witness, “Do you see the person responsible for the crime in the room?” In slow motion the witness points to the defendant and says, “That’s him right over there.”
The attorney then says, “Let the record reflect that the witness has identified Mr. Outta Luck as present at the scene of the crime. Getting that witness to point the finger may not be conclusive, but it’s very persuasive. It plants an image in the jury’s mind that they won’t be able to easily dismiss during deliberations. Every chance a prosecuting attorney gets to weaken or discredit the character of the defendant, the better his case gets.
For Satan, taking potshots at the character of God’s man is an art form, hitting below the belt, definitely; whatever it takes to undermine his reputation before God and man. He loves to exaggerate the normal and elevate it to extremes, like this: “I made a mistake” becomes “I always blow it.” “I need to work on that becomes, “I’ll never change.” “This is making me feel overwhelmed” becomes, “Life is falling apart.”
God allows him to make these arguments but dismisses them because of the believer’s representation in Christ. We have an Advocate with the Father (1 John 2:1) who provides us complete immunity against any charge.
There is never a reason for self-pity and condemnation. Christians fall and then get up again. Confess and be filled with the Holy Spirit. He has unconditional love for us. I know, that’s a hard one to accept, but you have been given a choice. Make the right one.
Father, I can believe the accuser or the redeemer, thank you for the choice.