Honey Dips – “Not Guilty”

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The entire world was riveted by the George Zimmerman trial. We were glued to our televisions to hear the verdict of the trial that was littered with emotions and racial undertones. No matter how many times, the news is plastered with young black men unjustly dying at the hands of law officials, we were all touched to the core by this story as if it was the first of its kind.

George Zimmerman killed a 17 year old young man whom he considered as “suspicious” on that fateful night in February 2012 and the world watched on to witness whether justice would be served and given to the family members of the dead young man. The facts were presented or misrepresented and the jury found Zimmerman “not guilty” of murder or manslaughter. Whether you agreed with the decision of the jury, the verdict was given, “not guilty.” The court of public opinion disagreed with the verdict of the jury, the family of Trayvon Martin experienced compounded hurt and grief and the entire world witnessed a law system that seemed to fail another young black man – still the verdict for Zimmerman remained “not guilty” he was a free man thanks to a verdict.

Sometimes as Christians, we too feel like our souls are in a courtroom. We feel as if the jury is still out on us. Sometimes we even declare ourselves GUILTY and live a life in a prison as someone who was given a guilty verdict. And most times, we are given a guilty verdict by the accuser, the devil, who brings every dark card of our lives before the jury and scandalizes every act that we have ever committed.

The Bible describes Satan as the “accuser of the brethren” who appears before God day and night with accusations against believers (see Rev. 12:10). Satan loves to torment God’s people by reminding them of their past, and continually holding their sins before them even after their sins have been forgiven. The tempter stands by to accuse us. He points to our filthy garments, our defective characters, our weakness and folly, our sins of ingratitude, our unlikeness to Christ, which have dishonored their Redeemer. He tries to frighten us with the thought that our case is hopeless. He burdens us with accusations and guilt.

This guilt that is produced while we are accused by the devil, tears Christian down, makes us feel dirty, unworthy and robs of us of our faith and confidence in Christ Jesus. These accusations leave us feeling as if God has not forgiven – or will not forgive – us. We respond in shame, anger, bitterness and depression. Church, guilt is a powerful prison but it doesnt have to be OUR prisons because our innocence is found in Christ.

Ellen G White in Royalty and Ruin, the chapter entitled, “The Secret of Success in God’s Work” page 209 says, “Satan accuses those who seek the Lord, but not because he is displeased with their sins. He gloats over their defective characters, for he knows that he can only obtain power over them as they transgress God’s law. His accusations arise solely from hatred for Christ. As he sees in people the evidences of Christ’s supremacy, he works to pull away from Him those who have accepted salvation. He leads men and women to lose confidence in God and separate from His love. He tempts them to break the law and then claims them as his captives, disputing Christ’s right to take them from him. Satan knows that those who ask for pardon will receive it, so he presents their sins before them to discourage them. He tries to make even their best service appear corrupt. In countless ways, subtle and cruel, he works to gain their condemnation.”

But Satan cannot successfully bring condemnation upon us before God, because there is NO CONDEMNATION IN CHRIST JESUS. [Romans 8:1] He cannot condemn us before God, but we can accept condemnation by believing his lies. When we believe the accusations about our identity then we will experience guilt, condemnation, and shame about who we are.

God’s answer for sin and guilt accomplishes what no amount of human effort could manage. We have been found NOT guilty because of Jesus’s Christ blood. “Ellen G . White, Selected Messages, book 1, page 309 says, “Our price has been paid by our Savior . No one need be enslaved by Satan . Christ stands before us as our all-powerful helper .”

Christ is our helper and thanks to His blood, we can “draw near” to God “in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water” (Heb. 10:22).

Truth be told, “In our own strength, we cannot meet the charges of the enemy. But Jesus our Advocate presents a decisive plea in behalf of all who commit themselves to Him by repentance and faith. He wins complete victory over their accuser by the mighty arguments of Calvary. His perfect obedience to God’s law has given Him all power in heaven and earth, and to the accuser of His people He declares: “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! These are the purchase of My blood, brands plucked from the burning.”

When the jury of life declares your case as “guilty” or when others treat you as if you are a criminal for the mistakes you have made, hold your head up high in Christ and don’t worry because we have a partner pleading our cases, a lawyer on the job during all those sleepless nights and depressing days. We are only able to stand boldly because of Him. And we can trust Him to keep on defending us! Yes we have messed up! Yes we lied, gossip, cheated, robbed, disobeyed, coveted, whatever we may have done, God’s blood has set us FREE!

The devil may seem to be sitting at the Judge’s bench and swinging the gavel declaring your condemnation, he might even call surprise witnesses at the last minute to bring up embarrassments from your past, DO NOT FRET, Christ has set you free and because of that ALONE, you can live freely!

Remember, in all these things [accusations, condemnation, and the threat of separation] we are more than conquerors! [Romans 8:37] If God be for us, who or what can be against us! Boldly declare before your enemy that you are righteous through the blood of Jesus.

YOU ARE FREE

– Dee

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