Your accuser has no power over you

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And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.  And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.  (Revelation 12:10-11)

War in heaven, the angels of God against the demons of the dragon: different scholars believe different things about when these events will take place and what exactly the images mean.  Yet, nestled in the midst of these descriptions of battle is a word of hope for every believer in Christ.

When Jesus died, His blood was shed on your behalf.  Like a sacrificial Lamb, His death was offered as payment to God the Father for all of your sin.  When Jesus rose, His victory was validated, His triumph secured and His Kingdom authority confirmed.

Now, look at the result of Jesus’ triumphant work on the cross…

“The accuser…has been thrown down…and they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives unto death.”

This means if you’re in Christ, your sin can no longer be used against you because the prosecutor has been kicked out of court!

If you’re in Christ, your failures have no impact on your membership in God’s family because your accuser has been thrown down!

If you’re in Christ, then you have no need to wallow or worry because your guilt and shame now have no effect on your standing before God!

So, stand strong and free today as you trust the finished work of Christ on your behalf.  Don’t let your past sins or present struggles have any power over you, because they have no legal claim on you anymore.

Christian, if you feel the weight of failure and condemnation, push it aside and be released as you walk in this powerful truth today.

Your accuser has no power over you.

–Pastor Phillip

Jesus is your conduit of mercy

“For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”  (Hebrews 8:12)

Guilt is a powerful motivator.  It can change habits and open handbags, clean up words and free up wallets.  Yet, in the life of a Christian, guilt is not of God.

Conviction is the sorrowful sense that something is not right in your life and that a change must take place, but conviction differs from guilt in a very important way. Fear.

Guilt brings fear of punishment, but conviction carries with it this blessed assurance: In Christ, God has full forgiveness for you!  In Christ, God has unstoppable love for you!

In Christ, nothing you could ever do would make God cast you away, so let this truth set you free to live a life of holiness without fear.

Jesus is your conduit of mercy.

–Pastor Phillip

God has a lavish redemption for you

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Ephesians 1

GOD HAS A LAVISH REDEMPTION FOR YOU

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight…  (Ephesians 1:7-8)

Jesus is not a stingy Savior.  He doesn’t step in to do the bare minimum in your life, to give you just enough grace to get by.

No, Jesus shed His blood extravagantly, overwhelmingly, generously on your behalf.  No matter how deep your debt of sin may be, the river of God’s grace poured out in Jesus’ blood is far, far deeper.  No matter how wide your guilt or shame may be, Jesus’ arms are stretched wider still.

Rest in this.

Rejoice in this!

Respond to this with a life of worship and gratitude.

No matter what your past or present may look like, remember the hope of this truth: God has a lavish redemption for you.

-Pastor Phillip


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God wants to take away your shame

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 34

GOD WANTS TO TAKE AWAY YOUR SHAME

I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.  Those who look to Him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.  (Psalm 34:4-5)

Shame.  Sometimes it creeps in quietly, growing like an infection in our soul.  Bit by bit, every time we fail, every time we fall, every time we miss the mark, the shame just grows.

Sometimes, though, shame doesn’t creep, but crashes in to our lives all at once.  A horrible thing was done, either by us or to us, and the result is a gaping wound in our self-confidence and an ever-present feeling of being soiled, small, and alone.

Have you been there?

Here’s the thing.  Whatever the specific source of your shame, underneath it all is a fear that because you have been found wanting, you will be unwanted, and that the dark stain on your inner-self will make you ugly and unloveable.

Yet, it doesn’t have to be this way!

If you’ve ever felt any of these things, here is good news.  God can take away your shame!  When you look to Him in faith, His brightness will burn away your darkness.  When you trust in Him, His love will overcome your feeling of unloveliness.  When you come to Him just as you are, His healing will cure the shame of your soul, and make you clean, no matter what you have done or what’s been done to you.

May you look to Him and trust Him in faith today, and as you do, you’ll be able to rest in the hope of this truth: God wants to take away your shame.

-Pastor Phillip


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Jesus didn’t come to condemn you

God’s Hope for Your Heart from John 3

JESUS DIDN’T COME TO CONDEMN YOU

For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because He has not believed in the name of the only Son of God.  (John 3:17-18)

Again and again, Jesus surprised both the curious and the critical.

To the tax collectors and “sinners,” He was a friend who brought them near instead of pushing them away.  To the religious leaders, He was a thorn in their flesh who refused to endorse their attitude of exclusion.

He didn’t accept unrighteousness or allow people to live however they wished, but the way in which He called people to faith was to oppose the sin while still embracing the sinner.

He wants to do the same for you today.

Jesus calls all people to repent, to turn away from sin and follow Him in holiness.  Yet, He does this through the conviction of the Holy Spirit, not the condemnation of a religious rule-keeper.

What’s the difference?

Conviction addresses your BEHAVIOR.
Condemnation attacks your IDENTITY.

Conviction brings sadness about what you’ve DONE.
Condemnation brings shame about who you ARE.

If you’re in Christ, He has called you to a life of following Him, and here’s good news.  If and when you stumble along the road, He’s not standing by with an eviction notice to kick you out of the Kingdom. He’s ready to embrace you in forgiveness to get you back on the path to joy!

So, however your walk with Christ is going right now, may you find hope as you embrace this encouraging truth: Jesus didn’t come to condemn you.

-Pastor Phillip


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Your accuser has no power over you

Scripture Notes on Revelation 12

And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God.  And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.  (Revelation 12:10-11)

War in heaven, the angels of God against the demons of the dragon: different scholars believe different things about when these events will take place and what exactly the images mean.  Yet, nestled in the midst of these descriptions of battle is a word of hope for every believer in Christ.

When Jesus died, His blood was shed on your behalf.  Like a sacrificial Lamb, His death was offered as payment to God the Father for all of your sin.  When Jesus rose, His victory was validated, His triumph secured and His Kingdom authority confirmed.

Now, look at the result of Jesus’ triumphant work on the cross…

“The accuser…has been thrown down…and they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives unto death.”

This means that if you’re in Christ, your sin can no longer be used against you because the prosecutor has been kicked out of court!

If you’re in Christ, your failures have no impact on your membership in God’s family, because your accuser has been thrown down!

If you’re in Christ, then you have no need to wallow or worry, because your guilt and shame now have no effect on your standing before God!

So, stand strong and free today as you trust the finished work of Christ on your behalf.  Don’t let your past sins or present struggles have any power over you, because they have no legal claim to you anymore.

Christian, if you feel the weight of failure and condemnation today, push it aside and be released as you walk in this powerful truth.

Your accuser has no power over you.

-Pastor Phillip

Jesus is your conduit of mercy

Scripture Notes on Hebrews 8

“For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”  (Hebrews 8:12)

Guilt is a powerful motivator. It can change habits and open handbags, clean up words and free up wallets. Yet, in the life of a Christian, guilt is not of God.

Conviction is the sorrowful sense that something is not right in your life and that a change must take place, but conviction differs from guilt in a very important way. Fear.

Guilt brings fear of punishment, but conviction carries with it this blessed assurance. In Christ, God has full forgiveness for you! In Christ, God has unstoppable love for you!

In Christ, nothing you could ever do would make God cast you away, so let this truth set you free to live a life of holiness without fear.

Jesus is your conduit of mercy.

-Pastor Phillip

God has a lavish redemption for you

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Ephesians 1

GOD HAS A LAVISH REDEMPTION FOR YOU

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight…  (Ephesians 1:7-8)

Jesus is not a stingy Savior.  He doesn’t step in to do the bare minimum in your life, to give you just enough grace to get by.

No, Jesus shed His blood extravagantly, overwhelmingly, generously on your behalf. No matter how deep your debt of sin may be, the river of God’s grace poured out in Jesus’ blood is far, far deeper.  No matter how wide your guilt or shame may be, Jesus’ arms are stretched wider still.

Rest in this.

Rejoice in this!

Respond to this with a life of worship and gratitude.

No matter what your past or present may look like, remember this.

God has a lavish redemption for you.

-Pastor Phillip

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