Satan, the accuser of the brethren, seldom rests. He accuses us about the past. He accuses us about the present. He accuses us about our future. He’ll even accuse us when it comes to serving God, reading the Bible, praying or anything else we do for God. Is there any refuge from his accusations?
Joshua 19 & 20
Joshua 19 & 20:
Cities of Refuge
Chapter 20 talks about the cities of refuge where someone accused of murder or manslaughter could run for safety until a judge could decide his or her fate. Otherwise their accuser might decide to take justice into his own hands.
Our next reading, Psalm 46, reminds us that God Himself is our Refuge from Satan, our accuser (Rev. 12.10). Revelation 12 tells us that he accuses us day and night, sometimes in the throne room of God, as he did with Job. He accuses us about the past. He accuses us about the present. He accuses us about our future. He’ll even accuse us about serving God, reading the Bible, praying or anything else we do for God by telling us that our efforts are inadequate or what we have done in the past is too bad and God will never use us.
Either way, we have an Advocate. 1 John 1.7-9, 2.1-2:
7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
1 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.
And Hebrews 7.25 says, “… He always lives to make intercession for us.”
If we have been regenerated, born again by the Spirit of God, then Christ has paid the price for our sins and Jesus, our Divine Attorney, is our Defender.
TODAY’S OTHER READINGS:
God is our Refuge
This beautiful psalm should remind us from where true peace and stability come. The answer is not from government; even the greatest can fail. It’s not in our finances or our intelligence or anything else on earth. Only God is the “refuge and strength” that will never fail. If we fear God, we don’t need to fear anything else!
Our Attitude About Sin
Verse 9a, “Fools mock at sin ….”
Do you “laugh at” or “mock” sin on TV or in movies, office jokes and gossip? Sin is serious. It grieves the heart of God and it should grieve us, too. Jesus took sin so seriously that He was willing to suffer and die to pay for it.
Not Only Our Refuge, But Our Comfort
Verse 32, What a comforting passage, whether in difficult economic times or personal loss or hardship.
“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (v. 32).
We can trust God no matter what the newscasters and economists say. We can trust God when the bank balance says something else. God doesn’t promise us that we will have everything we want, but He does promise to give us everything we need (Phil. 4.19).
“Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys” (v. 33).
In fact, where we invest says a great deal about the condition of our hearts:
“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (v. 34).
This applies to our finances, our talents, our relationships and all our priorities.
What about you?
Are you experiencing His peace, comfort, and security? If not, is there some sin you need to confess? Is there a relationship you need to reconcile, beginning with your relationship with Him?
What is your attitude about sin? Do you laugh along with everyone else at work or school? What is your attitude toward your own sin? Have you taken lightly Christ’s sacrifice for you? If so, confess it to Him, ask for His forgiveness and begin living to please Him in that area.
But maybe, you don’t even understand how God could be your Advocate. Maybe you’re not sure of your relationship with Him. Do you know that your sins have been forgiven? Do you know that you have an Advocate in heaven? You can. If you’re not sure, talk to someone who has a relationship with Christ or watch this short video by John Piper.
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