Another Trap

"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen." 1 Peter 5:6-11 King James Version

If you have been a Christian for any length of time, then you know that satan attacks us through circumstances, through people and through discouragement. For those of us who have committed our lives in full time service to Jesus, we have made satan very angry and he constantly attacks us.

Often satan tries to discourage us by telling us that we are no good and that we will never be good enough to serve Jesus. That is just another trap set by satan. We must constantly be on the guard for the sneaky and poisonous barbs of deception and lies that he sets for us.

In the last three years, I have received a lot of emails from people who were hurting. They needed to share their heavy burdens and they needed comforting and encouragement. They needed prayers and they needed to know that somebody really does care about them. One of the questions that people asks me a lot is "What can I do to be good enough to deserve the unconditional love of Jesus?"

The answer to that question is nothing. There is absolutely nothing that you could do that would make you good enough to deserve His unconditional love for you. The love that Jesus has for us is not measured in what we do. His love for us comes from His heart of compassion, mercy, grace, tenderness, kindness, understanding and forgiveness. He doesn’t love us like people love us. So often, people love us for what we do for them. That is not true with Jesus. He loves us unconditionally.

We read in Psalm 53: 3 "Every one of them is gone back: they are altogether become filthy; there is none that doeth good, no, not one." No, in ourselves we are not good enough to serve Jesus and nothing that we could possibly do would ever make us good enough to serve Him.

It is only through the agonizing, the horrible and the cruel crucifixion of our precious Saviour that we can be forgiven, cleansed from our sins and have the privilege to spend all eternity in Heaven with Jesus. It is because of the forgiveness that Jesus gave us from the old rugged cross that we are justified (Romans 3: 24) and have the right and the privilege to come into His presence. It is an honor and a privilege to have fellowship with our dear Heavenly Father and with our precious Saviour and it should not be taken lightly.

The next time that satan tries to discourage you by telling you that you are not good enough to serve Jesus, tell him that you know that you aren’t good enough. Tell him that you have been forgiven and cleansed by the atoning blood of Jesus and it is because of the blood that you can serve our precious Saviour. Tell satan that it is Jesus who is good, not you. Don’t allow satan to discourage you and keep you from serving Jesus! Not only would that make satan very happy, it would break the heart of Jesus.

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