DayBreaks for 07/11/13 – My Friend Douglass

DayBreaks for 07/11/13 – My Friend, Douglass    

lincoln.douglassRomans 8:31-34 (NLT) – What can we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since God did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t God, who gave us Christ, also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? Will God? No! He is the one who has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? Will Christ Jesus? No, for he is the one who died for us and was raised to life for us and is sitting at the place of highest honor next to God, pleading for us.

Frederick Douglass approached the front door of the White House, seeking admission into Abraham Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Ball. Just as Douglass was about to knock on the door, two policemen seized him, barring the black man’s entrance. Douglass, a large, powerful man, brushed the officers aside and stepped into the foyer. Once inside, two more officers grabbed the uninvited guest, all the while uttering racial slurs.

As Douglass was being dragged from the hall, he cried to a nearby patron, “Just say to Mr. Lincoln that Fred Douglass is at the door!” Confusion ensued. Then suddenly the officers received orders to usher Douglass into the East Room. In that beautiful room, the great abolitionist stood in the presence of the esteemed President. The place quieted as Lincoln approached his newly arrived guest, hand outstretched in greeting, and speaking in a voice loud enough so none could mistake his intent, the President announced, “Here comes my friend Douglass.”

The President had called Frederick Douglass friend. Who dared demean Douglass if he was a friend of the President?  Can you imagine for a moment how those guards at the door must have felt? 

Jesus Christ, the Lord of the universe, has called us not just his friends, but much more: his brothers and his sisters. God the Father has also called us His own children.  We have an accuser, someone who would stand at the gateway to heaven and attempt to deny us entrance.  His name is Satan.  He will be shamed in his accusations against us as Jesus, with a voice like thunder that could shake the universe, will proclaim, “Here comes my sister/brother!  Welcome!” and will overrule him.  Satan will be silenced!

Let us not think that because we’re in His family that we can just sit back and forget about those who don’t have Him as a brother.  There are many persons who lie stripped and beaten by the side of the road (think the Good Samaritan story). He or she may not yet be our brother or sister in Christ, but they are our friend, our neighbor, and by God’s grace they may one day be family. So let us pause and help, because once there was a man who paused on a cross for us.

PRAYER:  Lord, we long to hear You silence the accuser and put him to shame in his accusations!    We long to enter into our family Home to be with You forever!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2013 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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DayBreaks for 06/04/12 – The Tale of the Two Lawyers

DayBreaks for 06/04/12 – The Tale of Two Lawyers

Revelation 12:10 (NLT) – Then I heard a loud voice shouting across the heavens, “It has come at last— salvation and power and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters has been thrown down to earth— the one who accuses them before our God day and night.

There are few professions that have the “reputation” that lawyers have.  That’s probably a very unfair generalization, but there are so many jokes about lawyers being sharks or blood suckers or just out to make a buck.  I tend to think that the majority are really decent people, but I have to admit that I’ve told my share of lawyer jokes in my day.

In Revelation 12, God has pulled aside the curtains of heaven and we learn about the prosecuting attorney (if you will), Satan.  Job had previously given us a glimpse of this activity, but lest we think that Satan’s activity in accusing Job before the throne of God is unique, this verse shows that Satan is accusing all of the brothers and sisters before God.  And he doesn’t just accuse us once in a while, he is constantly – day and night – in the accusing business.  He doesn’t seem to get tired of it, and he doesn’t get discouraged.  He is a ceaseless and persistent accuser.

Does that frighten you?  Don’t let it.  On the other side of the bar is Jesus who pleads our case before the Father.  Which do you think is the better lawyer?  A created devil, or the Eternal Son of God?  Who do you think will win that case?  Oh, and don’t forget, Jesus has a special relationship with the Judge!!!!

There is one more think we should note here before thinking that Jesus pleads our case based on our own merits.  He does not.  How is the case won?  By those who have applied the blood of the defense attorney to their sins through faith in Christ.  You see, Jesus doesn’t beg the Father to accept us because of our goodness…but he boldly proclaims us innocent by virtue of the applied blood!

Revelation 12:11 (NLT) – And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die.

PRAYER: When we are tempted to grow discouraged by our sinfulness and we fear that Satan will surely win the case because of our guilt in God’s courtroom, let us look to our great Defender who will surely win the day!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

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