(10) 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.
Satan is described in this verse as “the accuser of our brethren”. In other words, he finds fault with the spiritual brethren recalling their sins and attempting to persuade God to judge them. But thanks to the Lord, he is not successful in his attempts. Our Lord is constantly making intercession for us, reminding God that these same sins were paid for on the cross. They are paid, forgiven and cast behind God’s back never to be recalled again…
Rom 8:34 KJV – “Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”
Although Satan fails as he accusers us before the Lord, he does not stop there. In a last ditch effort, He comes before us and accuses us of our sins by bringing them back to our minds. He constantly tells us we are no longer of use to God.
Satan whispers in our ear “You have ruined your testimony. After all, think of all the horrible ways you have fallen short of your Lord’s desires for your life. You are a failure, why don’t you stop trying to do what you obviously cannot do.” Hebrews 12:1-3 addresses this issue for us….
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”
When Satan brings our sins to our minds what are we to do?
- Remember the Old Testament saints listed in Hebrews 11: who committed many sins yet were still used in great ways by the Lord.
- Remove the burdens of sin we are carrying through confession and repentance
- Patiently continue on in service to the Lord recognizing we will never be perfect this side of heaven.
- Keep our eyes on the Lord and His work on our behalf. He died for us, we are delivered from all our sins, past, present and future. We are His for eternity and He dwells in us!
- Allow Christ’ work on the cross. Let’s allow his death to motivate us to serve Him without reservation or doubt. He gave His life for us, we should love Him, appreciate His sacrifice, and be willing do the same for Him.
- Allow the Hebrews 11: saints’ example of faithfulness, be a blueprint for our faithfulness to Him. They faced many of the same trials as we do. They failed the Lord, just as we do. And yet, they continued on in service to Him. Therefore, we are to follow their wonderful example of “running with patience the race that is set before us”
Folks, when Satan whispers “you are no longer of any good to your Lord”, we are to respond by saying “we are forgiven, we have the Lord indwelling us and we are overcomers by His grace.” “Get thou behind me Satan”.
May the Lord bless each one of us as we struggle with the past sins in our lives and seek to remain faithful to Him.
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