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Don't Let the Accuser Discourage You!

We can be our own harshest and most unforgiving critics.  It’s easy to look at our own wrongdoing and diagnose it as unforgiveable sin, to pronounce ourselves beyond God’s grace.  While it’s good to be conscientious, we must identify these thoughts as lies of Satan, whom Revelation describes as “the accuser of the brethren” (Rev 12:10).

If the devil can discourage us with the illusion that we’re beyond redemption, we may decide that what we do doesn’t matter, that more sin couldn’t possibly make the situation any worse than it already is.  Out of despair, we may move wholeheartedly into sin, fully giving ourselves to darkness.  Then, the devil will have accomplished his purpose.

We must realize that we’re never so far gone that our Father won’t take us back if we’ll just turn to him again.  Isaiah says you can’t commit a sin that can’t be forgiven if you’ll just turn back to God, seek his forgiveness, and start doing what’s right once more.  “Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause. "Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” (Isa 1:16-18)

When you fall, get back up and do the next right thing, always, no matter what.  Your God is a God of second chances.  But you must seek his forgiveness, and you must accept it. -Paul

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