Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. Hebrews 4:14
Satan is my accuser. He’s relentless and he doesn’t play fair.
- He tempts me to sin and I buy his idea. I indulge and then he has plenty with which to charge me.
- He reports my sin to God and demands that the sentence of the law for that crime be carried out.
- When Satan comes to accuse me, he meets Jesus, my Priest and Mediator. I picture Jesus dressed like a priest.
- How does Jesus respond to the accusations? He cries, “She’s forgiven! She’s justified!”
Satan accuses me in two places; before the throne and to me directly. If I forget that I am forgiven and justified, and forget about that meeting between Satan and Jesus, I’ll be vulnerable in the presence of condemnation. I have to remember that he will mimic the voice of my conscience. He knows that I want to please Jesus and avoid sin. He knows that I take my conscience seriously ~ so how insidious for him to speak to me in a way that sounds like a guilty conscience. Here are some examples from personal experience.
|SATAN’S VOICE||GOD’S VOICE|
|You should read your Bible more. What kind of a Christian are you?||Come home! I really miss you.|
|Your prayer life stinks!||I hope you’ll talk with me. I’m the |
perfect listener and I have so much
to tell you.
|You failed again? God is so dis-|
appointed in you.
|I paid for your sins; past, present, & future. Today is a clean slate. It’s my gift to you. Live forgiven!|
What is my strategy for overcoming the accusations of Satan? The blood of the Lamb and the word of my testimony. Rev. 12:10,11 I ask God for a hedge of protection, a blood shield, between me and the accuser. Then, I speak up and state my status as God’s child.
Oh Jesus, I am forgiven, I’ve been bought with the blood of Christ, I am holy in Your eyes. I say to my enemy, ‘Be gone’! Amen