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Saturday, June 6, 2009

where is my accuser now?

recently, i found myself falling under the trap of condemnation without even realizing that i was there. i believe that happens more than we recognize. but, God desires to deliver us from that trap. He is consantly at work in us shining the light of Truth on all of the lies that the enemy traps us in so that we can see and live truly free from sin experiencing all that Jesus bought and paid for us to have. He did this for me in a very unique way not too long ago.

one evening, i was watching a minister on tv. i was really being ministered to from what the person was teaching about. it felt as if i was hearing confirmation from God about a revelation that He had shown me just recently and i was hearing someone else teach the same thing right then and there. i felt overwhelmed by the goodness of God and appreciation for Him showing me that i do hear and listen to His voice.

at that moment, i lifted my heart up to Him in worship to show my thankfulness for Who He was and to recognize His love for me in revealing Himself in such a sweet and real way. as i did that, i felt the presence of God so strongly come into my living room, more so than i could ever remember in a very long time. it was as if He was responding to me, smiling and reaching His arms out to love on me. it was then that i recognized that i was feeling condemned because my response was to lower my head, turn away and cower in his presence, as if i felt ashamed and undeserving of His admonition. my response to Him shocked me! i could not believe that without even having a chance to think it through, i responded in shame. i was horrified at myself! i teach people to stand in the presence of God boldly in Christ. i recognize condemnation in others and help them to see that they are being lied to by the devil and that lie is keeping them from truly being able to go to God and ask Him to take care of them, believing that He will. God had revealed to me a revelation of my righteousness in Christ a long time ago and i knew that because of His goodness and grace, i could stand before Him and expect Him to welcome and take care of me. but, my response to the tangible presnce of God had shown me that unnoticed by me, the enemy had sneakily been deceiving me into looking at myself outside of Jesus. and, it was revealed when i felt guilt and shame in His presence.

i was so mad! mad at myself for listening to the lies of the enemy and not shouting "redeemed!" at him when he pointed at me and expected me to see myself outside of Jesus! i immediately repented and asked God to forgive me for cowering in His presence when He had redeemed me from that. i thanked Him for showing me that i was feeling condemned in an area of my life. and, i realized that it was keeping me from being able to trust Him to deliver me from the very thing that i was feeling condemned for. I lifted my head and stood before Him accepting His acceptance of me, not because i deserved it and did everything right. just one thing! the one thing that was necessary, i believed what He said about me and not the accusation of my enemy. i then enjoyed the loving arms of God and relished in His love and acceptance of me, fully relaxed and at ease. i remember thinking then, "where is my accuser now?"

20 comments:

Daveda said...

Beautiful! I love it when God reveals truth and sets us free!

Marsha said...

Hi Christy Rose.

I can identify with you. Sometimes, as you said, that accuser comes sneaking in and I begin to see myself outside of Jesus.

Praise God! We both know Whose we are!

Have a blessed weekend.

Shanda said...

I loved this post! When I read the title I immediately thought of the woman who was caught in adultery. Especially the moment when Jesus was writing on the ground and said that whoever was without fault should throw the first stone...

Truly, we all fall short outside of the love, grace, and mercy of Christ. I loved your idea of shouting, "redeemed!" at the enemy when he is accusing us. There is no power in accusations when we are already able to admit that we fall short but are covered in Christ.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Beth E. said...

Hallelujah! This is a beautiful, uplifting post. Thanks for sharing your heart!

Tracy Wagman said...

But for Jesus where would we be?

RCUBEs said...

Amen! By God's grace, we are FREE!!! And nothing or no one can take that away. "If God is with us, who can be against us?" Great post. God bless sister!

saleslady371 said...

Isn't that just like the Lord to show us an area so we can be set totally free. I love Him so muchfor doing that for you. Thank you for sharing your love life with Jesus. I rejoice with you!

~*Michelle*~ said...

the enemy is a liar.

which is why I have John 8:32 tattoo across my back, LOL.

You write beautifully......rock on!
xox

Lisa said...

So thankful that His mercies are new everyday. Thanks for stopping by! :)

Lisa

Angela said...

He is constantly at work in us shining the light of Truth on all of the lies that the enemy traps us in so that we can see and live truly free from sin experiencing all that Jesus bought and paid for us to have

amen amen amen..My time with our Father this morning revealed this also to me...

Thank you SO much for sharing your honest heart sister...Such awesome truths shared..and the Truth shall set us free!!

Kellie Felmey said...

I love this story, you told me before, but if it helps others like it has helped me, I am so thankful for this blog so you can change the lives of however many peoples heads God turns your way! You are such a sweet sweet teacher!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Christy:
I've carried my fair share of condemnation for the past several years. It's only recently that I've been freed from much of it. How I pray for a quicker response of my heart to lay it at God's feet when the enemy begins his harsh assault.

peace~elaine

Hope said...

Hello Christy Rose,

I am delighted that you would choose to follow my blog! Thanks for the good advice about starting off simple.

It looks like we have a few things in common. I see you have a VERY little one; I miss having a baby around. You have a beautiful family; I really enjoy the photos.

See you soon!

♥ Hope

mom-2-4 said...

Hi there,
I just read your sweet comment from my blog and I wanted to say thank you for visiting and blessing me with your comment. And what a blessing for me to read this post on your blog- it's evident you have a heart for the Lord. I'm so glad to have found this blog so I'll definately be following!
Julianne :)

momstheword said...

Have a lovely week with your kids!

I can see how laundry would pile up with five kids! Mine piles up with just two kids, lol!

Pilar said...

Hi!

What a great post!!!!

Wanted to stop by and thank you for taking the time to come over my blog, read it and leave a comment. I LOVE new friends and I am looking forward getting to know each other. Hope to see you soon back.

Blessings to you my new friend!

alan pardoe said...

Hi Christy A really good testament.Keep on keeping on. Amen.

Jenn said...

Christy Rose,

I am so glad you visited my blog because it gave me the opportunity to visit yours and read your beautiful words! I am adding you to my blog list on my front page and look forward to reading more from you and getting to know you better.

I have also been thinking about this issue of condemnation and posted about it a few weeks ago. Here's a quote from that post and the Bible verse that brought that feeling of freedom alive for me:

"If we feel guilt and condemnation, we know without a doubt that is a lie Satan uses to keep us in bondage despite the fact that we have been set free. God has told us he does not condemn us. We only have to choose to believe God over our emotions."

"This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything."
1 John 3:19-20

Blessings to you and your beautiful family!

Jenn

Five Moms & A Blog said...

Yep, good old TEXAS!! It's pretty great if I do say so myself. =0)

Come visit us!

~Erica

Lindsey @ A New Life said...

Hi!

I wanted to stop by and say Hello and to thank you for your powerful and encouraging words to me a few weeks ago. I truly appreciated them and the gentle wake-up call, and I am looking forward to reading more from you!

Have a blessed day,
Lindsey