Shared May 30th, 2014
Revelation 12:10 says: And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.
In our last devotional, we said in passing that when satan accuses you before God, let it not be true that you failed the temptation he sent your way. Would you ask yourself, to whom does your heart and soul belong? To God? I hope so. You see, if you have already dedicated your life to Christ, satan will seriously come after you. But because you are a child of God and therefore filled with the Holy Spirit and because you are, with the power of the Holy Spirit thus able to refuse satan’s offers, guess what? He begins to accuse you before God. In fact one thing that satan does well and continually is accuse us before God; that is what our opening verse, Revelation 12:10 says.
Maybe you already know this but “satan,” is the personal name of the devil, and it means “accuser” or “adversary.” This name is the transliteration of the Hebrew word, satan, which appears several times in the Old Testament; it is a word that refers to humans as well as to satan (don’t we have people today accusing others, maybe for a job promotion, to carry favour with others, even siblings accusing each other before their parents for whatever).Thus satan will accuse us of anything, including our past and this he does most particularly in our mind. He is able to do so if we allow him to; what he does is consistent with his name. When he does so, however, we can remind him of at least two things: that Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross and gave His life as a ransom for our sins; He’s paid for our sins, in full. We can also remind satan that we are bound for heaven while his future is in hell.
Beloved, this is why we can resist satan. Christ died for us and rose plainly and triumphantly from the grave and He has cleansed us from all of our sins. Hallelujah! So we can, in His name, resist the devil and, as James said, when we resist him, he will flee from us. Saints, satan hates anything about Jesus. He hates the name, that sweet name of Jesus. Hence beloved mention this great and powerful name, J-E-S-U-S when satan prowls around seeking to tempt and destroy you.
Yes, instead of trying to reason with satan, just remind him, in the name of Jesus, of his future and remember, mention the name of Jesus. At times, satan in his way will come after you and you will have fearful thoughts which may try to seize control of your life, but beloved, you can replace those unwanted thoughts with such powerful Scripture as, “God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
Or maybe, in the arena of immorality, satan may tempt you with vivid sexual fantasies so much that you will have your mind bent on someone other than your spouse (adultery) or if you are single and unmarried, he will serve you a platter of fornication; but beloved, you can and should replace those thoughts with, for example, Proverbs 6:32, “The one who commits adultery with a woman is lacking sense; he who would destroy himself does it”.
What if satan tempts you with dissatisfaction, discontent? When he does, why don’t you recite 1 Timothy 6:7-8 “We have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content”.
God offers so much more. He offers life. satan can only offer death if you follow him.
Proposed prayer: “Dear Lord, I praise You for dying on the cross and Your defeat of our arch enemy, satan. Even as You have defeated him, so do I pray and ask for Your help in defeating him when he tempts me or tries to remind me of my failures. I thank You for hearing and answering my prayer, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”