Satan knows that he cannot obstruct the gracious impact of the Cross on the believer.
In 1 Timothy 1:13-16, you’ll read how Paul acknowledged his sinfulness and the horrible sins that he committed in the past. He described his former self as “a blasphemer, persecutor, insolent opponent and foremost sinner.” Surely, Satan untiringly accused him day and night with a vision and emotion of awful sins that he committed in the past. The Devil wanted to crush Paul’s spirit in order to stop him in Gospel-ministry. But Paul did not stop and focus on the dreadfulness of his sins; rather, he focused on the beautiful and powerful grace of his Savior by whom he received the qualification and commission to preach the Gospel to the Gentiles. Someone said it this way, “God doesn’t call the qualified; He qualifies the called.”
Thus, the joy of salvation is not founded on what we do for Christ to gain and maintain God’s favor, but on what God has done for us through the Cross of our Savior.
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Lord, I thank you for who you are. I thank you for your wisdom. I thank you because you have forgiven me of all my sins and washed away all of them. I thank you for blotting out all the records of sin against me. I pray that you take all my regrets and pains and turn them into an instrument for your purpose. In Jesus’ name. Amen
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