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Communion Meditations (2018)



Romans 8:34-39

Originally scheduled for September 9

The reality of Satan is somewhat of a challenge to the modern Christian. But if you understand his chief function — the accuser of mankind — you will see that he is quite well and alive in your life. He is the one who brings up all those things you’ve done wrong and tells you you can never recover from them. Please remember that Satan is the father of lies; this is just another one.

·         The most common accusation is over your past sins. Many Christians make a mistake at this point; they try to justify themselves. Don’t do it. Christ died for your sins; point out to Satan that you are not self justified but forgiven by God.

·         Satan also threatens with worldly consequences, as he is the ruler of this world. But remember: Christ is greater, and he sits at the right hand of the Father interceding for us. As the old hymn put it, “greater is he who is in me, than he who is in the world.”

·         Satan wants to use your past sins to keep you in bondage. Remember that forgiveness brings freedom.

Sometimes it comes down to a push and shove match. In your own strength you are not the equal of Satan. But you are encouraged to pick up the weapons of God, for they are greater than the weapons of Satan. Satan’s power over you ends at death. God’s power over you extends to all eternity. That includes the power to send you to hell. As long as you’re making the point, you might want to remind Satan that hell is his destination. After all, if he reminds you of your past, you can always remind him of his future.

The temptation when threatened with worldly consequences is to become like Satan, using force and power to get your way. If you are threatened with mean people, be meaner. Rather, you should react in God’s love, for evil has no power over love. It sounds counterintuitive — but it works.

The Scriptures tell us that nothing can separate us from the love of God. It is his love we are dependent upon — that perfect, powerful love of God. It does not depend on our love, but his. This love was shown at the cross in the sacrifice of Christ. The power of that love was shown at the resurrection. Christ is the one who conquered the greatest enemy of mankind — death. This is what we remember when we take communion. The bread is his body, the cup his blood — and ours the memory.

As you partake, remember this: you do not get what you deserve for your sins. Christ got what you deserve.

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