Don’t listen to the accuser
There’s a story about a man who would play a trick on new employees in his office. He would approach them and whisper, ‘They know what you did,’ then walk away smiling. First, the person would look bewildered. Then they’d get anxious and wonder, ‘What have I done?’ Then they’d think, ‘What do they know?’ and ‘What are they saying about me?’ Even the most innocent person has a tendency to conceal wrongdoing and protect themselves, so the new employee would spend the day full of anxiety. That’s exactly how Satan works – he whispers aspersions and accusations. But the good news is that ‘the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony’ (v.10-11 NIV). There’s a strategy we can use for silencing the voice of Satan the accuser: remind him that the blood of Jesus Christ has cleansed us from all sin. Just as Jesus defeated Satan in the wilderness, we can defeat him every time by standing on the truth of God’s Word. It’s not God who makes us feel condemned. He wants us to know we’re loved, forgiven, and fully accepted. Paul wrote, ‘Who can accuse the people God has chosen? No one, because God is the One who makes them right. Who can say God’s people are guilty? No one, because Christ Jesus died, but he was also raised from the dead, and now he is on God’s right side, appealing to God for us’ (Romans 8:33-34 NCV). With God’s love, we can stand against all of Satan’s accusations.
Is there anything you need to confess to God? Read Romans 8:33-34 again and then spend time opening up to Him about anything that’s playing on your mind. Remember that He loves and accepts you, whatever you might have done wrong.
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