Shared June 1st, 2014
Following up from our last devotion we want to see some of the ways we can contend with satan’s attacks. In our last devotion, we looked at some ways we can overcome the temptations or accusations that satan throws our way. Now, these are tried and tested ways, and I say so because that is what Jesus did when He was tempted by satan. Let us look at the following biblical examples where we see satan relentlessly accusing the believer.
Look at this in the Book of Job: Then Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin? All that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out your hand and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse you to your face” (Job 2:4-5).
In fact let us look at the first 2 chapters of the Book of Job. From these 2 chapters, we learn of some of the traits of satan’s accusation of the believer:
1. he accuses you, the believer, before God that you only serve God from selfish motives; in effect, that you serve God only because of the blessings that you receive from God. Are you serving God because of the possessions that accrue from Him? There are many today who do so; just look at the charisprobra, the “name it and claim it” preachers!
2. he accuses you before God that you only serve God because of God’s protection over you; he talks about a hedge being put around Job! His message here is that you are selfish, that you and other Christians recognize and worship God out of selfishness.
3. he accuses you before God of only serving God because you want good health and positive situations and circumstances that are devoid of illnesses, diseases, loss of health, etc. When, for example, you think of cancer, you can see how “strong” a case satan attempts to make but it doesn’t reach anywhere. His claim that believers give allegiance to God because they want a good life may be true, true in the lives of those who only profess Christ as Lord with their mouths but their deeds love darkness!
So now, knowing that this is satan’s age-old ploy, what do we do? We must, we have to, we can remind him about his future in hell. When you consider that a day is like a thousand years and a thousand years is like a day to our God, that future of satan’s is around the corner. And did you stop to ask yourself, what’s there to accuse you of if you indeed have confessed your sins to Christ, and asked for and accepted His forgiveness, call Him Lord and live everyday to please Him? Did you think of that? You should, if you haven’t.
Lest you have forgotten, the fact that Jesus Christ died for us and washed our sins away means that we can, in that same name, the name of Jesus, resist the devil and, exactly like James said, he will flee from us. Yes, satan hates the name of Jesus and that is all the ammunition we need. Don’t walk without it. Be sure to mention the name of Jesus when the accuser comes to accuse or even tempt you.
So, again, let me ask this question: what’s there to accuse us of if you have confessed your sins to Christ, and asked for and accepted His forgiveness? Here’s my answer: Nothing. Totally nothing. Completely nothing. Absolutely nothing. And remember, satan has nothing on you.
At His temptation, when satan tried in vain to sow seeds of discontent and doubt in Jesus’ mind, Jesus simply responded by drawing from His mind what He had memorized from the Old Testament and then quoting that verse; Luke 4:4 says He said to satan “Man shall not live on bread alone”.
Still in the Gospel of Luke, we read that in the same instance and not giving up, satan tried tricking the Lord, offering our Lord visions of power and riches. Not enticed, Jesus recited God’s greatest commandment: “You shall worship the Lord your God and serve Him only” (Luke 4:8).
Still undaunted and believing he can win, satan tried, again to tempt Jesus, desiring that Jesus will act independently from God. As usual, our Lord Jesus quoted what He had already committed to memory: “You shall not put the lord your God to the test” (Luke 4:12). Do you see the importance of memorizing Scripture? It is a sure way to overcome weaknesses in our lives.
Let me repeat myself, that another way I know of handling the devil is that when he tries to remind you of your past, for example, what you did earlier, yesterday, last year, 5 years or 10 years ago, remind him about his future. What is in store for him? Eternal damnation.
Proposed prayer: Dear Lord, satan and all his evil emissaries do not give up coming after me but I know that there is power in Your name. In Your name I am able to defend against any trick, tactic, strategy or devious ploys. Your way is my way so I am able to defeat him. Thank You. Yes Lord, thank You for hearing and answering my prayer, in Jesus’ name. Amen.