Wednesday, June 2, 2010

We Cannot Defend

We cannot defend our character. No matter how clean. No matter how pure. No matter how righteous or faithful or just…. .we cannot defend it. “…judge me, O Lord, according to my righteousness and according to the integrity that is in me,” Psalm 7:8. We can state it, declare it and even insist on it, but in the end, we cannot defend.

In the great cosmic arena it is merely our word against an Adversary. Is the Adversary so foolish as to accuse us of things untrue? Sadly for us, he is not. No, he is sly and gifted in his work. He accuses us of thoughts we have had, feelings we have experienced and actions we have considered. He brings up the past in all of its miserable failures. He brings up the present in all of its provocations to fall short. When our Adversary accuses, he always uses the truth with just a little twisting.

And that is where it catches us. We are stumped and stuttering. The natural reaction of our human flesh is to deny and defend. We did not! We have not! We were never going to! However, deep within we know that we once did, we could have and we were probably going to. Our flesh, that is, was definitely prone to succumb to the very things that we have been accused of.

Therefore, I suggest, that defense of our thoughts, words, actions, our very character is futile in the face of our Adversary. Standing alone in the cosmic arena, surrounded by Adversarial judgments, it is best not to fight it. The judgments may very well be correct! The finger that is pointed at you may have every right to point. You may stand justly accused. After all, “…all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23. That includes you! Your Adversary may be correct on every point of accusation he makes. He is more than likely well within his legal rights to accuse you.

Therefore, again, I suggest, that you do not defend yourself against the accusations. I suggest that you appeal to a higher court for a better judgment. “…and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,” Romans 3:24. I suggest you call on the Judge above all judgment. The One who has created and known your heart. The Judge who has been a witness to your every thought. The Judge who has explored your inner motivations and He who is familiar with your personal knowledge of the Son. The Judge who is just and fair in His judgment. Who will not treat you as your sins deserve. The Judge who will be a witness to your life in the Son. I suggest that you do not defend yourself but make room for God’s judgment. If you do this, He will certainly have the opportunity to judge in your favor. Make room. Listen not to your Adversary, nor speak with him. As you should know, anything you say can and will be used against you! Let him rant and rave. Pay it no mind. Do not try to answer or defend. He may be right in his judgments. Leave the space in your ears open to the judgments of God. Call upon the judgment of God at all times. Submit yourself to the judgment of the One who loves you and is for you…. .and He will silence your enemy. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you,” James 4:7. Resist the interaction. Your interaction is with the Judge who loves you.

“…Judge me, O Lord…” Psalm 7:8.

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