After 35 blog posts walking through Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices, I may be the most excited about the next five. That’s because the Lord Jesus and his strength to save are their center and focus.
Wielding the word of God as his choice weapon, Jesus defeated Satan in the wilderness. Crying to the Father in agony, Jesus defeated sin on the cross. And rising from the dead the day after Passover, Jesus defeated death for all who trust him.
This defeated devil isn’t finished causing trouble, though. Knowing he has lost, he desires to convince sinners they are too far out of God’s merciful reach.
Saving a tainted treasure
Years ago I dropped a valuable ring down a sink drain. Once past the initial self-berating and anger, I considered the situation. It was dark down there. And dirty – who knew what filth was present? Then there was the disposal. Those blades are sharp, right? Is this even worth it?
Yes, it was. Foregoing a rubber glove so my fingers would remain more sensitive, I held my breath and plunged a hand down. After a minute of probing, holding my breath in disgust, I retrieved the ring.
It was dirty and slimy. I could barely look at my hand without gagging. But I had redeemed the prize. A few minutes of vigorous hand washing and some deep breaths and everything was fine.
How much more valuable are you than a ring? How much greater a price did God pay to retrieve you from the mire of sin, to set your feet upon a Rock?[Read more…] about Mighty to save: How Jesus out-loves your sin