Whose Side Are You On? - Tuesday July 22, 2014
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
Contrary to our natural way of thinking, there is more at stake than meets the eye in the midst of a conflict. We have an unseen enemy who delights in seeing us "devour" each other. Paul writes in Galatians: "But if you bite and devour one another, take care that you are not consumed by one another." O believer, let us recognize who the real enemy is so that "no advantage be taken of us by Satan; for we are not ignorant of his schemes (2 Corinthians 2:11).
Imagine being in the courtroom in the heavenly realm. There are two sides: the accuser and the defender, each bringing their case before the Judge. The accused? A fellow believer. The accuser? The devil himself. He is " the accuser of our brethren ... who accuses them before our God day and night" (Revelation 12:10). The Defender? Jesus. "If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous" (1 John 2:1). If I have a grudge against another believer and have accusing thoughts against her, what side of the courtroom am I on? Sobering thought! I would be accusing the very one Jesus is defending, aligning myself in opposition to Jesus.
"See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!" (1 John 3:1 NIV). And that is what we are! Children of God by the atoning blood of Jesus. We are family.
What is my responsibility? Pray! Pray for victory over sin. That puts me on the right side of the courtroom!
Lee's Summit, Missouri
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2 Chronicles 6:12-8:10
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