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Romans 8:33 Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth; 34 who is he that condemneth? It is Christ Jesus that died, yea rather, that was raised from the dead, who is at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or anguish, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Even as it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; We were accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ASV

When you see your sin, the enemy will try to use that against you.  You will confess and repent.  You will be forgiven.  But the enemy will keep reminding you of your sin.  Godly guilt moves you to repent.

Shame, though, is not godly.  It is an attack of the enemy.  It tries to keep you from growing in faith and love.  It tries to rob you of strength in the Lord.  It tries to keep you mired and still, hiding from God.  It is mocking.

This is how it was for me:

One day I was feeling very accused.  Every thought I had seemed to be of the enemy showing me (again) my faults, my errors.  I felt unutterably weak and incapable as I was crying, listening to the accusations of my errors and sins echo in my mind.

In my mind, I saw the Lord, the enemy, and myself.  I watched as Jesus and God sat impassive and unmoving as the devil hurled accusations about me to Them.  I cried as I waited for them to rebuke him.  I wondered why They didn’t as I cried, heartbroken and repentant before Them and pierced by every accusation.  I asked Them why They did not say anything, and the Holy Spirit showed me why:   They knew I was justified by the blood of the Lamb.  The devil knew I was justified by the blood of the Lamb.  I was the only one who did not understand the justification.  I was the one who needed to state it.  I did, and the accusations ceased at that moment.   My heart was lightened, my mind was eased, and I could praise the Lord with a full heart.

You see, I needed to claim my right as a daughter of God, by the blood of my Lord Jesus.   The Lord did not need to defend me, He already died for me and I was justified by His grace and mercy and sacrifice (as are you).  I was already made perfect.

Nothing can separate you from the love of God in Christ Jesus.   What the enemy says is of no consequence—the devil does not have the authority to condemn you.  It is the Lord who justifies, and the devil is not more powerful than the Lord.

Any accusation of sins that you have already confessed and repented of that the enemy might against you, deny with confidence, as the Lord has already saved you.   Repent for any sins committed, then praise the Lord for His healing blood shed for you for the forgiveness of your sins.  Praise the Lord, do not listen to the enemy.

 

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