Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, ...
The accuser is good at his job. The Word says that he accuses "the brethern" before God "day and night" (Rev. 12:10). I can hear him, can't you? Everytime I think a thought or do something I know I shouldn't...he's immediately whispering in my ear the same thing he's tattling to the Father. After a while it starts breaking down my will - my confidence that Christ is my savior, my portion, my redeemer, and he starts convincing me that I'm still lost, worthless, unredeemable, unworthy. But my friend, that is not what God's word says. His Word tells us He can save the worst sinner. He is all about redemption and salvation. His very nature is love and forgiveness. I believe if satan would lay down his pride, fall on his face before God and repent of his sin, God would forgive him, too. It's the heart that matters, and no one knows our heart like God. He knows when we catch ourselves doing something or thinking something we know He wouldn't like and so He knows when our heart mourns when we let Him down.
There are days when the circumstances of life are more than we can handle. Those are the days when we must be vigilant to listen to His voice and no other. We must trust in His wisdom and leading and lean on Him to get through the day. The wonderful thing is that He is there always, ready to be your strength, your wisdom, your fortress.
It is our own mind and satan's accusations that cause us to doubt. So, my friend, don't give up. Don't let the accuser push you off the path and make you think you don't belong to the Savior. We have to march on in faith and remember that it was Abraham's (and many other old testament saint's) faith that was counted to him as righteousness. We are saved by grace through our faith in Christ, God's only begotten son, the spotless lamb of God, who gave his life to make atonement for our sin. It is our faith that accounts for our righteousness, so please don't let the accuser put holes in your faith today. That is his game plan...knock out the faith, make them believe they aren't saved - they're not changed; undermine their trust in God and they'll walk away, they will fall.
Father, I pray today that you will, by your holy spirit, help us to remember to put on your full armor. We know that each piece of armor is important, Lord; vital, in fact, to our spiritual life, but that breastplate of righteousness (our faith) is where it all begins and everything flows and grows out of that. Lead us not into temptation and deliver your body today from the evil one. Thank you for being our advocate and taking our part against the accuser. Lord, Jesus, we pray this in your name, for your honor and your glory. Amen
This teaching about righteousness by T. Austin Sparks will be most helpful to you in learning about satan wants to destroy our faith and thus our righteousness in Christ.
...and this by my facebook friend, Zac Loh, who is a Pastor in Indonesia:
Text: Matthew 14:28-32
The petrol price went-up for the third time within two years. And this, the third time, was 40 percent more than the second hike. Food prices and a host of other prices would follow suit. Almost everyone was nervous and somewhat depressed. I decided to text SMS messages to a few friends. After a while, I felt that I should end in an encouraging note. So, I text this: Our God is God Of Miracles, n tis is D Day Of Miracles!!
I used `D’ as short for `The’. A few days passed, and I realized that this `D Day’ can also stand for Decision Day. Originally D Day was used in the military to merely denote the day on which a combat attack or operation is to be initiated. After the term became popular due to the Normandy Invasion of World War Two, someone invented Decision Day to stand for D Day. In the Normandy Invasion, a paramount decision had to be made for the exact day to embark on the invasion which was to land and create beachheads for the Allied forces in the beaches of Normandy, France.
The Allied forces involved 6,900 sea vessels and 850,000 troops crossing the English Channel. There was a tremendous difficulty in the decision-making of D Day – because the commanders had to take account of the conditions of the weather, the tide and the moon. These conditions had to be just right, or it could have been a great failure notwithstanding the cost of thousands of lives.
And Peter answered Him and said, “Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water.” (Matthew 14:28)
If God is God, He does miracles. This is what Peter rightly perceived, understood and believed. His focus was on the One Who Does Miracles. And he decided to act on his faith. When you look at your failing situation, you have got to make a decision. When you look at your downward spiraling circumstance, you have got to make a decision. You have to decide to have faith!
So He said, “Come.” And when Peter had come down out of the boat, he walked on the water to go to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink he cried out, saying, “Lord, save me!” And immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and caught him, and said to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?” And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. (Matthew 14:29-32)
Paul taught and fought the good fight of faith (1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Timothy 4:7). God impressed upon my heart to not lose the fight. You see, if you lose the will and determination to fight, you will surely lose the war. Before we lose the war, we first lose the fight. You may have lost battles but you can win the war provided you’ve not lost the will and determination to continue fighting the good fight of faith. So, keep-on fighting to have faith no matter what arises.