By: Carole L. Haines
“How much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
As we draw closer to our Celebration of Christ’s Sacrifice for us, His suffering, death, burial and Resurrection; I want to spend some time meditating on just how much this Eternal act of obedience to the Father and love for mankind accomplished for those of us who follow Jesus. Today we will focus on a guilty conscience. satan loves to use guilt on believers for past wrongs, after all he is called, “the accuser of the Brethren.”
“Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down, the one who accuses them before our God day and night.” (Revelation 12:10)
Our enemy may accuse us day and night before God, but Jesus lives to make intercession for us, seated at the Right hand of God. (Romans 8:24) He has redeemed us through the sacrifice of Himself, the shedding of His own blood for those who would believe in Him.
Also, the Holy Spirit of God “helps us in our weakness, interceding for us with groanings too deep for words.” (Romans 8:26)
God’s word tells us that “there in now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” It tells us that if we “confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (Romans 8:1, 1 John 1:9)
Jesus paid the price to not only cleanse us of our sins, but to cleanse us from all unrighteousness, and to cleanse our conscience from dead works, to serve the Living God. When satan comes at you with accusations and guilt, let the Holy Spirit examine your heart and confess anything there, but beyond that, trust what Jesus has already done for us. Trust Him and rest, in His Accomplished work. For He is so much more, so much better, than the enemy’s guilt and condemnation.
“But now Jesus has obtained a more excellent ministry, to the extent that He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.” (Hebrews 8:24)