That Irritating Inner Voice, Daily Reform, Day 16

Galatians 1:1-5 & John 10:1-5

From the Reformer

Let us equip ourselves against the accusations of Satan with this and similar passages of Holy Scripture. If he says, “Thou shalt be damned,” you tell him: “No, for I fly to Christ who gave Himself for my sins. In accusing me of being a damnable sinner, you are cutting your own throat, Satan. You are reminding me of God’s fatherly goodness toward me, that He so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. In calling me a sinner, Satan, you really comfort me above measure.” With such heavenly cunning we are to meet the devil’s craft and put from us the memory of sin.

—Martin Luther, Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians

Pulling It Together

You have had the experience many times. You wonder who’s talking to you. Is it God? Is it the devil? Or is it just you? You may be clear on this issue, Christian: when you hear an inner voice telling you that you are no longer a Christian and are not going to heaven because you have sinned, that voice is not God. This is a trick of the devil. He wants you to work harder — so hard that you depend upon those works for your salvation. He wants you to forget about Christ except as some religious idea. He wants you to focus on yourself.

In such times, you should remind yourself that you are saved by Christ’s works and never your own. One must always return to the Savior. If the devil can trick you, getting you to stop returning to Jesus, then you are in trouble. How can one be a Christian when she does not believe? So, believe this day and all days that Christ and only Christ can save you from your sins. Remind the devil of this fact the next time he condemns you with his irritating, inner voice.

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