No Accusation, No Condemnation, No Separation!

06/15/20 at 06:00 AM | Published Under Charis Staff

 

By Rick McFarland 

When you go into battle already knowing the plan of your enemy, you can be assured of your victory! 

Satan's only weapon is deception. If he can accuse and convince you that your sin has separated you from God, you’ve lost the battle. But praise God, the Word has shown us his battle plan, and we know he has already been defeated! 

Who can bring an accusation against God's elect? God is the One who justifies. Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, but even more, has been raised; He also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? —Romans 8:33-35    

In the above scriptures, Paul tells us the progressive plan of our enemy. If he can successfully do the first, then he can move on to the second, and then finally try to accomplish the third.  

Paul asked the question, "Who can bring an accusation against God's elect?" It is implied in this statement that no one can successfully bring an accusation against a Christian. Why? Because God has justified every believer.  

Justification means God has declared every believer innocent and in right standing with Him. Satan points a finger at something we did or said and accuses us. If we believe his lies, we will then feel condemnation.  

Condemnation is a sentence against us personally instead of against our actions. Satan cannot successfully bring condemnation upon us before God because there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus (Rom. 8:1). He cant condemn us before God, but we can accept condemnation by believing his lies.  

When we believe his accusations about our identity, then we experience guilt, condemnation and shame about who we are. Once we’ve accepted guilt, condemnation and shame, then Satan will try to convince us we are separated from God because of our actions 

Nothing can actually separate us from God!  

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 8:38-39 

So when the enemy tries to accuse you, just cut him off at the pass, and stand firm in your identity in Jesus Christ and His finished work!