The Potter's House
|Week 2 --- Dealing with Sins|
|Saturday --- Scripture Reading: Rev. 12:10-11; Jer. 3:12|
"And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they loved not their soul-life even unto death." (Revelation 12:11)
The Three-fold Efficacy of the Blood of Jesus
When a Christian sins three problems affect him: separation from God (Psa. 59:1-2); the feeling of guilt (Heb. 9:14) and Satan's accusation (Zech. 3:1). However, these problems can be overcome by the blood of Christ.
After Adam sinned, he tried to hide from God. When God came to look for him, He did not ask, "Adam, what did you do?," rather He asked, "Adam, where are you?," indicating that man had gone away from God. This is what happens to us when we sin. We feel that we are separated from God and our fellowship with Him is interrupted. Nevertheless, after we confess, the blood of Jesus takes away the hindrance that interrupted our fellowship with God and we have peace with Him again.
After we have confessed our sin, the blood of Jesus also cleanses the feeling of guilt in our conscience. When we are about to sin, our conscience warns us, "Don't do it!" When we sin, it is recorded in our conscience. Our conscience will say, "You were wrong!" But after we confess our sin, God forgives us and our conscience says, "Now there is no more guilt, the record has been wiped away." Today, the big stores can tell right away through their computer data if a check they have received has problems or if a credit card has an outstanding debt or has expired. Whenever there is a problem, the store's computer will detect it. But once the problem has been taken care of, the record of it is deleted and the client is again able to do his shopping. The same thing happens with our conscience. Every mistake that is committed is recorded in our conscience and it can only be taken away by the blood of Jesus. Not time, or rituals, or promises of being better, or many activities, or penance can erase sins. Every time you sin and feel guilty inwardly, open your heart to God and pray with all sincerity, "Lord Jesus, You know that I did this today. Forgive me for what I did. Lord, You died on the cross; You shed Your blood for me. Lord, forgive my sins. I ask that Your precious blood cleanse my conscience from all the feeling of guilt so that I may serve You freely."
When we sin, we are also subject to Satan's accusation. Firstly Satan provokes us, saying, "Do this…there's no problem…nobody will know about it." Once we fall into his trap, he accuses us, "Look what you did!...How could you do it?...nothing can be done for you." He also accuses us before God, "God, look at what he did…" Revelation 12:10 says that Satan is the accuser of our brothers and he accuses us day and night before our God. How can we overcome him? Verse 11 shows us that the way to overcome him is by the blood of the Lamb, the blood of Christ. Not only God recognizes the value of the blood, but also Satan. Satan loses his power before the blood.
Even though the blood of Jesus satisfies God's righteousness, takes away the guilt in our conscience, and overcomes all the accusations of Satan, many children of God feel they are being accused after they have confessed several times and this becomes a big problem in their experience. Satan tells a person that, even though he has asked for God's forgiveness, he may have not done it adequately, or he should have confessed in a more detailed way, or that he was not sincere enough. Satan is very subtle and even if the person confesses again, he will still have more reasons to accuse him. The result is that the children of God feel frustrated and powerless to confront such accusations. They lose confidence in the efficacy of the blood of Christ and think their sins are unforgivable.
How can we overcome when Satan's accusations come against us? Revelation 12:11 tells us that besides the blood, Satan is also defeated by the word of our testimony. We have to tell him, "Satan, God has enlightened me, I have already asked for forgiveness and I have already confessed my sin. So Satan, you can shut your mouth and get out of here. I do not need your accusations. Look at the blood of Christ. The blood answers all of your accusations. Go away!"
The Difference between God's Enlightening in our Conscience and Satan's Accusations
There are some things that help us to discern what comes from God's enlightening and what is Satan's accusation. Our situation is exposed when we are enlightened by God's light, but, at the same time, we feel supplied. We see our mistakes, but we also see God's love, grace and mercy. After He shows us our errors, God says, "Yet return to Me!" (Jer. 3:1). When the book of Jeremiah was written, the people of Israel were in a terrible situation. Nevertheless, God continually said to the people, "Return to Me!" (Jer. 3:1, 12, 22; 4:1). These loving words indicate that God always gives us a way to come back and have a new beginning. As a result, you want to untangle yourself from that sin immediately and not fall into it again. You are encouraged, you apply the blood of Jesus and live more in His presence.
On the other hand, Satan's accusations are always negative, telling us that there is no longer any way or any remedy for us and it is better to give up. For this reason, the father of lies also says, "Even though you want to return to God, He doesn't want you." The more you listen to his accusations, the less you want to pray. You feel you are the worst. You feel empty and discouraged. Do you see the difference? There is another way to distinguish Satan's accusations from God's enlightening. Satan's accusations continue after you thoroughly confess your sins, but God says, "Very good, you have the blood of Jesus." When we confess, the record of our sins is wiped away. Then we know that if there is more accusation, it can only come from Satan.
Your Key Word:
How can we discern what comes from God's enlightening and what is Satan's accusation?