“The devil is preaching the song of the redeemed, that I am cursed and gone astray. I cannot gain salvation. Oh, the devils singing over me, an age-old song, that I am cursed and gone astray. Singing the first verse so conveniently, he’s forgotten the refrain: Jesus Saves.” – Embracing Accusation, by Shane and Shane
I’ve seen the two extremes of this song that the devil sings to our hearts.
On one end, he tempts us to believe that no matter what we do, God cannot stand to look at us for we are covered in sin. On the opposite, he tells us that we are saved, so it’s alright to dabble in sin, as long as you eventually turn back to God. Both, in a sense, are true. But they are not the whole truth.
We, in our own strength, cannot stand in the presence of God, because our lives are filled with sin. As humans, we would flee the very presence of God. God’s wrath and hate towards sin would burn us to the soul before we could flinch. And there is nothing we can do to stand before the judgement. Fortunately, we don’t have to. Through Christ’s death on the cross, something we could not begin to understand, we have been justified before God. He loves us so much that he provided the sacrifice that we could not give ourselves, so that we become washed clean of sin, and am able to stand before the throne, amidst the flames and not feel the burn.
We have been ‘saved’ from sin. But we are human. None of us are perfect, and I know that I will constantly struggle with sin. There will be influences in our lives that tell us that it is alright to sin, because we have already been saved from it. God has already forgiven us. When we accept the call of Christ, we are called to turn away from the desires of the world. If we turn back to what the world has to offer, have we really accepted the sacrifice of Christ into our hearts? It’s a question that Satan puts in every Christians heart, especially my own. Yes, there will be temptations in the world, but we are called to live above them, through the strength of Christ.
The thing that I can’t seem to grasp is how amazing this gift from God is. He knows that we will fall short, or doubt, or stumble and fall, but he accepts us as we are. Don’t let the song of the devil invade your heart, for he only sings in half-truths. The only way to stand before God is through Christ, there is nothing we can do.
Just some thoughts…
God Bless and PEACE