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What would it be like to sit at Jesus' feet? Join Mary, Martha, and Lazarus as they learn about God's kingdom firsthand! Drawing from her Bethany trilogy---including the best-selling Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World---Weaver's 365 devotions include daily action points, Bible passages, and topical sidebars to enrich your understanding of Christ's teaching. 384 pages, hardcover from Waterbrook, Copyright 2012.
He who vindicates me is near. Who then will bring charges against me? - Isaiah 50:8
Before salvation, Satan tells us we’re just fine. We don’t need a savior.
But after we’re saved, the accuser points his bony finger at us and tells us we’re no good. We don’t deserve a savior.
He’s lying, of course. Jesus says so in John 8:44. Satan is “the father of lies.” In fact, lying is what he does best—it’s “his native language.” The word for “lie” in the Greek is pseudos, which means “falsehood” or “an attempt to deceive.” We attach the prefix pseudo in the English language to convey the thought of a counterfeit, a false look-alike.
And that’s exactly what we get when we listen to Satan’s lies and settle for less than God’s best: pseudo-Christianity, pseudo-grace. Satan usually doesn’t try to make us swallow a blatant lie—he’s too smart for that. Instead, he just doctors the truth for his own purpose, which is to keep us as far away from God as possible.
Look at what you’ve done, he whisspers. How could God ever forgive you? He twists the truth of sin into a bludgeon of guilt and shame and beats us with it. You’re no good, you’re no good, you’re no good…baby, you’re no good.
If we let him, he’s gonna sing it again. Because every time we listen to his lying lyrics, we take another step backward, away from the Living Room. Away from the closeness our hearts yearn for.
—Having a Mary Heart
Read: Isaiah 54:17
Reflect: What happens to the weapons forged against us, as servants of
Excerpted from At the Feet of Jesus by Joanna Weaver. Copyright © 2012 by Joanna Weaver. Excerpted by permission of WaterBrook Press, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.