Welcome to my new devotional series created for ALL moms! I often speak to homeschool moms, but this series is for any mom out there who wants to grow in her walk with the Lord and her understanding of the Word as it pertains to motherhood! Please share with your mom friends!
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Have you ever dealt with false and groundless accusations that have been made against you? I doubt one of us would answer no to this question. It seems to be a common experience and, quite frankly, it really stinks.
As a mom who tries to live an exemplary Christian life, it can be a real blow to be accused of something you didn’t do or say or even think. I liken it to feeling like you have been broadsided by a bus. It can literally take the breath right out of you. Often it feels like a heavy blanket has been laid over our souls and the burden of it is almost unbearable.
Sometimes the accusations don’t come from the outside, but from somewhere deep within us. Things from the past can haunt us: things we’ve done we are ashamed of. Things that were said to us or done to us. Messages we received verbally or non-verbally, intentionally or unintentionally. But we can be sure of one thing: we know exactly where it originates.
The enemy is often referred to as “the accuser”. In Revelation 12: 10 it says:
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.
The Enemy thrives on bringing condemnation into our hearts and minds. He works hard to rub it in our faces, but God says in Romans 8:1-4
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death. The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature.So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin’s control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins. He did this so that the just requirement of the law would be fully satisfied for us, who no longer follow our sinful nature but instead follow the Spirit.
This passage comes right on the heels of Paul describing in detail his very real struggle with sin. The message is clear: the Enemy is a liar and ANY condemnation he tries to heap on us is without grounds. It holds no weight. It means nothing. It’s a Big.Fat.Lie.
David was experiencing these kinds of accusations in this situation when he wrote Psalm 4:
Answer me when I call to you,
O God who declares me innocent.
Free me from my troubles.
Have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2 How long will you people ruin my reputation?
How long will you make groundless accusations?
How long will you continue your lies?
3 You can be sure of this:
The Lord set apart the godly for himself.
The Lord will answer when I call to him.
4 Don’t sin by letting anger control you.
Think about it overnight and remain silent.
5 Offer sacrifices in the right spirit,
and trust the Lord.
6 Many people say, “Who will show us better times?”
Let your face smile on us, Lord.
7 You have given me greater joy
than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine.
8 In peace I will lie down and sleep,(there’s that ability to sleep in spite of everything
for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe.
Let’s remember that the Enemy has no say in our lives unless we let him. The power of the cross has gained complete and total victory over sin, condemnation and death.
Our joy, safety, and peace come from trusting in Him who gave us every reason to trust Him.
Dig deeper: Are you buckling under a load of condemnation? Have you been falsely accused by someone or within your own heart? How does today’s scriptures reassure you that you are set free? What are the next steps you need to take?