If the reader is a born-again, blood-washed child of God – then you have certainly met the BULLY of whom I write.
He is relentless in his attacks. The baby Christian should always be warned about this brute. He’s unseen, and his playground is the human mind.
As I spoke on the phone with a precious sister in Christ, we talked about this raging battle in our minds, and how this is most certainly the “MO” of the evil one.
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper,
And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.
This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord,
And their righteousness is from Me,’
Says the Lord” (Isaiah 54:17).
Let’s look at each part of Isaiah 54:17 in context.
“No weapon formed against you shall prosper.”
Since the “playground” of the evil one is the Christian’s mind, we immediately know that the weapon of which Isaiah speaks is not physical or tangible. It is a thought “formed” by the devil against you.
But the devil can also use people in your life (especially trusted “friends”) to speak against you or falsely accuse you.
So we see that the thought (or whisper) of the evil one has been formed or fitted just for you. These satanic attacks are certainly not random. They are carefully and diabolically chosen for you.
Have you read C.S. Lewis’s “The Screwtape Letters?” Here is a short synopsis of this book:
Remember – this book is written from the Vantage Point of a “demon.”
The Screwtape Letters comprises 31 letters written by a senior demon named Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood (named after a star in Revelation), a younger and less experienced demon charged with guiding a man (called “the patient”) toward “Our Father Below” (Devil / Satan) from “the Enemy” (Jesus). – source (emphasis added)
The devil and his minions know your past. They know every detail; every event in your life. The arsenal used against your mind is comprised of shameful things that you have done. Even though you have repented and confessed such things to the Lord, our enemy knows that these are the “Big Guns” which, when whispered into your mind, have the ability to almost shut down the child of God.
If this is happening to you, YOU are being Bullied.
“And every tongue which rises against you in judgment
You shall condemn.”
Brethren, I believe that this part of the passage of Scripture opens the eyes of the child of God to their ability to condemn such demonic attacks. I am certainly not speaking of the name-it-and-claim-it crowd. I am speaking of who we are in Christ according to His Word.
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Our Lord does not condemn His Children. He disciplines them out of Love.
“For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives” (Hebrews 12:6).
If what you are hearing in your mind is condemning you, please understand that this does NOT come from your Father in Heaven. If you feel that the words have come to you for you to understand the will of God and His Word – THAT comes from our Lord.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit” (Romans 8:1).
Let’s go back to the original passage of Scripture from Isaiah 54:
“This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord.”
Do you see that? Do you understand what that means? Brethren, we are IN Christ when we have repented and trusted the Lord Jesus Christ! When God our Father looks upon us, does He remember the shameful sins that you earnestly confessed to Him? NO – when He gazes upon you, He sees His only begotten Son Jesus Christ. For the Bible says this:
“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more” (Hebrews 8:12).
“And their Righteousness is from Me.”
Why does Christ’s Righteousness Need to be Imputed to us?
The apostle Paul writes, “But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it—the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe” (Romans 3:21–22). Through our faith in Christ, the righteousness of God is given to us. This is called “imputed” righteousness. To impute something is to ascribe or attribute something to someone. When we place our faith in Christ, God ascribes the perfect righteousness of Christ to our account so that we become perfect in His sight. “For our sake he made him [Jesus] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Not only is Christ’s righteousness imputed to us through faith, but our sin is imputed to Christ. That is how Christ paid our sin debt to God. He had no sin in Himself, but our sin is imputed to Him so, as He suffers on the cross, He is suffering the just penalty that our sin deserves. That is why Paul can say, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20).
By having the righteousness of Christ imputed to us, we can be seen as sinless, as Jesus is sinless. It is not, therefore, our perfection, but His. When God looks at the Christian, He sees the holiness, perfection, and righteousness of Christ. Therefore, we can say with confidence, “I am sinless, as Jesus is sinless.” source (emphasis added)
It is the prayer of my heart that there is even one person who needed to read this article. I have a feeling that perhaps there are many who have been Bullied for years by the Big Bully of the Universe.
Remember, he’s a liar and deceiver. He accuses the brethren both day and night. He roams the earth seeking whom he may devour and destroy.
And make no mistake, brethren. When we are judged at the Bema Seat of Christ for rewards, the evil one will be there, spouting off every careless word we said, every shameful thing we did.
Jesus Christ, our Savior and our Advocate, will agree with what the Bully says. But Jesus will then look at Satan and tell him that EVERYTHING was covered on Calvary by His blood because we trusted Him.
Jesus will claim us as His own, and will declare us Righteous…
WITH HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS.
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