Today I am so grateful and happy to have as a guest blogger, my friend Christina; you can find her at Heavenly Springs. Christina has a passion for Jesus and loves the body of Christ.
I encourage you, grab your journal and be ready to jot down some notes! You will not regret it.
The Secret of the Believers Boldness
Among the many strategies that Satan uses to keep the saints from entering into the holy of holies is accusation. Revelation 12:10 depicts Satan as “the accuser of our brothers…who accuses them day and night before our God.” In fact, the Greek word for devil is “diabolos” which means slanderer. False accuser.
I can tell you from experience that a guilty and compromised conscience is no match for this kind of power. Many times I have been silenced in prayer by the “accuser’s” malice. Standing at my right hand, he reminds me of all that I am apart from Christ, which is totally and irreparably depraved! I cannot argue!
Our fallen nature and sins make us so vulnerable to Satan’s accusations. But, there is a secret to the believers boldness in prayer!
Under the Old Covenant, priests were considered to be God’s mediators. Their job was to bring men and women into the prescence of God. The only way to do this was to present a blood sacrfice. So, day after day, month after month, and year after the priests offered the blood of animals to atone for the sins of the people. But, at the cucifixion of Jesus, something happened that would forever change this pattern. The curtain of the Temple was rent in two and now, anyone
could enter into the presence of God – but only through Jesus Christ, His Son. John MacArthur
explains this well,
“In one perfect act of sacrifice, Jesus Christ accomplished what thousands upon thousands of sacrifices by a multitude of priests never accomplished. He opened the way to God permanently, so that any man at any time by faith in Christ might enter into God’s presence.”
Did you get that? Any man. Any time. By faith in Christ. So now, I am learning, when Satan points an accusing finger at me, I point him to Christ. No, I am not here of my own merit. I don’t have any. No, I haven’t any righteousness of my own either. I am guilty of many wicked and evil things, too many to count! But my righteousness is “that which comes through faith in Christ”. (Philippians 3:9). I am saved, not because of the righteous things I have done but because of his mercy. (Titus 3:5)
J.C. Ryle tells us in his book, “Old Paths” what the reason for our confidence is. He tells the secret!
“Would you know the secret of the believer’s boldness in prayer? It is a marvel how a man that feels his sin so deeply as the believer does, can speak with the confidence the believer frequently does. How one that acknowledges he is “wretched, miserable, poor, blind, naked,” ruined, undone—who often does what he ought not to do, and leaves undone what he ought to do, and finds no spiritual health in him—how such a one as this can go before God with confidence, pour out his heart before Him freely, ask from Him what he requires day after day and not feel afraid—this is wonderful indeed. What is the secret of it? It is the intercession of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whereby the true Christian knows his prayers are made acceptable, and received in the court of heaven.”
A little note…just so you know: I made a mistake and hit “publish” instead of “schedule”! This post should have appeared on Friday the 23th.