Devotional from Life Church:
Satan wants to play with your heart like it’s a sport. When you’re about to sin, he aggressively defends against your better judgment and the Holy Spirit inside you. Then, as soon as you put some sin on the score board, He goes on the offense, attacking your heart.
Your accuser says, “You did it again—you’ll never overcome this. It’s just who you are. You’re a loser and you’ll always be a weak, loser of an addict.” He calls you by your sin, not your name.
God is your gracious Father who hates sin and lovingly calls you by your name. You have a real defender, Jesus, sent by your gracious Father to pay the price for your sin. When your heavenly Father looks at you, He sees Jesus and calls you by your new name, son or daughter of God.
When you give your broken life to Jesus, He gives His eternal life to you. What does this mean for facing daily accusation from the enemy? How does this impact shame, guilt, misplaced identity, and the ugly names you believe about yourself?
Back to sports. Winning teams have a great coach, a playbook, and lots of practice. In life, you get lots of practice, a great coach (the Holy Spirit), and the Bible (a playbook with your plays and your enemy’s plays). As you read today’s Scripture, watch how these examples below play out. And don’t forget: you’re on the winning team.
When you’re tempted. If you hear, “You’re a good person. You’ve earned this. You’re strong enough to try it and quit later.” That’s the devil’s accusation. If you hear, “What does Scripture say about this? How will this impact your heart? Who will this hurt?” That’s the Holy Spirit’s conviction.
When you fail. If you hear, “I’m a failure. I’ll never get this right. This is just how I am.” That’s the devil’s accusation. If you hear, “Pray. Come back to me. We can overcome this together. Don’t be afraid to tell someone.” That’s the Holy Spirit’s conviction.
When you cover up. If you hear, “If they don’t know, it won’t hurt them. If you tell them, they’ll reject you. Keep quiet—they’re probably doing worse anyway.” That’s the devil’s accusation. If you hear, “You can’t cover this up forever. I see what you’ve done, and I love you. You can heal from this if you open up.” That’s the Holy Spirit’s conviction.
When you confess. If you hear, “You’re a sicko. How could you be so horrible? You’re alone in this.” That’s the devil’s accusation. If you hear, “I love you. I forgive you. I’m with you. Here’s a new way to live.” Those are the words of your loving heavenly Father.
Pray: God, You’re never-changing. Thank You. Please help me listen to the Holy Spirit when I’m tempted, when I fail, when I’d rather cover up my issues, and when I confess. You are the only one who is good—all the time.
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.
Revelation 12:10-11 KJV
My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:
And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 John 2:1-2 KJV
And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;
Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2:1-9 KJV
Here are my thoughts:
I love his thought about how the devil calls you by your sin and God calls you by your name.
I don’t want to be called a porn addict, a liar, a thief, selfish etc. I want to be called son by a Father that loves me!
I don’t know about you but when I am about to sin I don’t hear the Holy Spirit ask me what does the Bible say about this though. This is what I get…
Don’t do it. Your stronger than this. Come on let’s pray.
That’s what I get.
But the enemy has called me out a few time by saying see…you do it. There’s no way you will ever be free. Or you’ll never be good enough. Look at all the bad things you have done.
But guess what devil!
I’m not listening to your lies anymore.
I didn’t have to get cleaned up before God saved me and forgave me of my sons. He took me just the way I was then and he accepts me just the way I am now.
Yes, I still sin and I’m sure on whatever day God calls me home I will still be a sinner in someone’s eyes. And that’s ok.
Because I know where I have been and I know where I am now and trust God with what he has in store for me in the future.
You don’t have dominion over my life anymore. I am not yours! I am a child of God.
Go ahead and come at me. My armour is on.
For each day is a new beginning in my walk. A chance to draw closer to God.
Some days I know I will mess up royally…
But if I do fall I will call out to God asking for forgiveness. Jesus IS my advocate before the Father. It is through His blood only that I am made new. His blood atoned for ALL my sins and I will continue pressing forward. Somehow managing to deny myself and these lustful desires of my flesh.
This is what came out. It may make no sense whatsoever to y’all and how it applies to today’s lesson. But for me….yeah… it’s my battle cry