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DSC02443 (3)At telling moments our Accuser has made his case for why people like us shouldn’t trust our God— and when that worked—why we shouldn’t believe that our God could possibly love people like us.

In both cases the Great Divider appeals to our imagination. First he stretches our minds to believe that the source of so much good could have a moral flaw. The second challenge may be easier. Once the case is made for our wrongs, all he has to do is to get us to believe that God loves us because of who we are, rather than because of how good he is.

So maybe it’s just as telling that before showing his authority over a demon, the Hope of the World said, “I likewise tell you, ask, and you shall obtain; seek, and you shall find; knock, and the door shall be opened to you: for whosoever asks, obtains; whosoever seeks, finds; and to every one who knocks, the door is opened. What father among you, would give his son a stone when he asks bread; or, when he asks a fish, would, instead of a fish, give him a serpent; or, when he asks an egg, would give him a scorpion? If you, therefore, bad as you are, can give good things to your children; how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him! (Luke 11:9-13).

Now it is our God who appeals to our imagination.

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