quarta-feira, 9 de janeiro de 2019
THE NARROW PATH TO RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD - DAY 43
by Rev. Robert John Cericola, Carroll, OH - EUA
Answering the Accuser
Psalm 17:8 (NKJV), Keep me as the apple of Your eye; Hide me under the shadow of Your wings…”
Psalm 3:3 (NKJV), But You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head.
Colossians 3:3 (NKJV), For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.
These verses, and there are many more like them, direct our attention to the protective virtues of our Lord Jesus Christ. Psalm 17 verse 8 projects the imagery of a mother bird protecting her young by hiding them under her wings, and Colossians 3 verse 3 declares our life is hidden in Christ. And Psalm 3 verse 3 declares our Lord to be a shield of protection.
To be hidden in Christ or living under the shadow of His wings one must remain in covenant. For when we are abiding in Christ (living in covenant with Him) we are hidden in the shadow of His wings and the shield of Faith is activated and energized and continues to protect us from the fiery darts, which are the accusations of the wicked one.
Because we are dead and hidden in Christ when the accuser knocks on the door of our mind with his multiple accusations, Jesus Christ answers. How does He do that you ask?
Before conversion our natural reaction was to defend ourselves viciously against our accusers or angrily agree with the accusations against others. However, with our new nature, the nature of Love, the nature of Christ that is formed in us, when the accusations come the appropriate virtue of Christ, such as forgiveness, or patience, answers the door.
1 Peter 2:9 (AMP), But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation, [God’s] own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him Who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
We have been called forth to shine the light of Christ, His deeds and virtues and perfections into a fallen dark world.
Is Christ through, the virtues of love, answering the accuser when he knocks on your door?