Eph. 6:14 Stand firm therefore… having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
In every one of our lives, there is a moment we hope no one ever knows about. Something we fell into. Well at the time we chose it, but were quickly realized what a mistake it was. We were overwhelmed by guilt or shame that can hang over us a long time. In an age of social media we can live with low-grade fear that somewhere, sometime someone will call us out over a past moral failure.
Secret sins have great power over our hearts. They make cowards of us in moment when we should be strong. They cause us to fit in when we should step out. This happens to every follower of Christ who dares take up Jesus’ mission and engage the battle. If we are going to stand in those moments we need to embrace the righteousness of Christ.
This Matters because Satan Seeks to Trap You and Define You by Your Sin.
1Peter 5:8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. CF. Job 1-2
Personal sin makes us weak, vulnerable & guilty before God. But then, Satan who deceived us and invited us to sin immediately become our accuser. To Him, our sin is like blood in the water to a shark. He wants to overwhelm you with guilt that spiritually paralyzes. He attacks with tenacious accusations of our sin & identity. Satan finds a weakness and pick it to death!
One of the ways Satan holds believers back is with his constant whispers of accusation: “I know what you did, who you are! If they knew what I know they would be anywhere near you. You’ll always be a … You’ll never get past this. You are really messed up! You don’t deserve a break. I really suck. I’ll never get past this.”
Satan knows your name but calls you by your sin… He seeks to define you by your sin. He wants us to play hurt, limping along without the confidence you can have in Jesus. Which whispers plague you?
The answer is to stand firm in Jesus’ Righteousness.
Rom 8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Is 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are as scarlet, They will be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They will be like wool.
1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Righteousness means being clean and clear of all accusation. Being right with God is ultimate security for the soul. Are we good enough on our own? NO! But Jesus makes us righteous through His sacrifice. When we stand in Him at the cross we are righteous. God knows your sin but calls you by your name.
To get it we simply agree with God about our sin & His holiness. We receive His gift of soul deep cleansing through the sacrifice of Jesus. Then we can live with confidence in his righteousness that keeps our conscious free of false guilt and the paralyzing accusations.
Through Jesus, we become new creations, we get new names, we receive a new nature! Simon became Peter, Saul became Paul. You become… NEW! Righteous in Christ.
We live on a spiritual battlefield. Like Goliath did to David, Like Job’s friends did to him, Satan whispers accusations in our ear. They are designed to neutralize our growth & impact. There is no need to listen to them. Jesus cross & resurrection set us free. The only question is where we stand. Solid ground or sinking sand? Satan will still accuse but we have power to shut it down. Stand Firm in the Righteousness of Christ.
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