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Strategy of Deceit

In his endeavor to bring us down, Satan wields a two-edged sword: “It only makes sense that God would expect you to perform for your salvation,” he says. And on the flip side, “Give it up! You’re a failure! You’ll never be able to overcome that sin. You can’t please God unless you work at this thing a little harder.” His devices really shouldn’t surprise us, though. He is unambiguously described in Scripture both as the deceiver and the accuser of God’s people.(Revelation 12:9-10)

Satan’s tactic of accusation is always rooted in lies. Jesus said it well in John 8:44, “…Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”  The devil is a master of manipulation, having perfected his methods of deceit and accusation through the combined experience of thousands of years of both observation and application.  

But Paul knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that we cannot earn our way into good standing with God. Through Christ, God made provision for our righteousness in spite of our sin, and in so doing He also chose to override the necessity of performing good works in order to satisfy Him. So it’s not hard to see why the utmost desire of Paul’s heart, both for himself and for others, was to be found in Christ—having a righteousness anchored in God’s provision rather than our own efforts.(Philippians 3:9)

Excerpted from: Free from the Power of Sin: The Keys to Growing in God in Spite of Yourself

I will give you rest

My child, let today be a day of rejoicing. Shout joyfully to the rock of your salvation. Come before Me with thanksgiving, for I am God and King above all gods. In My hand are the depths of the earth and the peaks of the mountains are Mine. I made everything and everything is in My hands. Come and worship. Come and hear My voice. Do not let your heart be hardened. Come and I will restore you. I will give you rest.

Psalm 95

Choose a Life of Joy

Blessed are you because you believe in Me. Blessed are you who love Me. Because of the faith you have in Me, your life is secure and your soul is in eternity with Me. You need not fear death. You need not fear anything. For your life here on earth and forever more is in Me. I died that you might have life. I rose again that you might live a resurrected life. Choose to live in resurrection power. Choose to live with joy inexpressible. Lay down all doubts and fears and live in the fullness of My glory.

“Though you have not seen Me, you love Me, and though you do not see Me now, but believe in Me, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls”. 1 Peter 1:8-9.