An Eternal Ally
“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.” Jude 24-25
I grew up with a nemesis who seemed to follow me throughout my entire elementary and middle school career. I met him in Sunday school when I was four years old, and we seemed to butt heads ever since. We would get into fights everywhere - church, school, each other's houses. It did not take much for us to get things going, and we would take turns irritating each other.
We were friends part of the time and rivals the rest of the time. He would take any opportunity he could to tell on me or say something bad about me. At times, I could not argue with what he was saying, but other times he was talking outright nonsense. He once accused me of singing the national anthem in a girl's voice, even though no one else in the class heard me singing like that. Another time, he accused me of calling the teacher a bad word even though I had never heard of the word, and I only learned the word by hearing him tell on me. I tried to never be alone with him because I knew it was harder to refute what he was saying when he told on me if there were no other witnesses.
I learned that I needed an ally to stand up for me, or at least a witness who could tell what had really happened. Someone who could plead my case and someone who would have my back. I felt hopeless when I had no one to corroborate my story, and I couldn’t wait to get out of the principal's office to show my nemesis how wrong he was, which would then only land me in more trouble.
Spiritually, we have a nemesis who loves to accuse us before the Father. Revelation 12:10b states, “For the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.” Satan loves to see us fall and he will do anything he can to trip us up. He goes into his bag of tricks and pulls out the shiny lure that so easily gets us off track. We often feel hopeless and dejected, but we have a God who is able to keep us from falling. A God who gives us a way to escape Satan's tricks, and a God who is greater than any lure in Satan’s tackle box. Jesus, God's Son, has joy in presenting us faultless before the Father, as our sin price has been paid in full through His blood. There is no sin balance for those who have put their trust in Him, and their accuser will be cast down.
Are you struggling with falling for the devil’s devices and lures? Do you feel living the Christian life is hopeless? Have you come to realize that God is able to keep you from falling? Do you realize the joy Jesus has in presenting you faultless before the Father? What team will you choose to be on? May we allow God the preeminence in our lives and may God get all "glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen."
Stay in the fight!