– on the prowl
– looking to devour
– is a liar
– misquotes Scripture
– full of pride
– a thief who steals
– accuses believers
“The great dragon was hurled down—that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him. Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.”
Accuse – to charge someone with an offense; to claim someone has done something wrong.
The enemy makes it a point to constantly ‘accuse’ those who are in Christ. He stands before God and hurls his accusations. He repeatedly reminds believers of their sinfulness and he accuses each one of us of hypocrisy. His personal accusations contain half truths, which are lies. His accusations can cause a believer to question their salvation and their right standing with God.
The enemy does not convict us of sin, he ‘condemns’ us for our sin. This is all part of his accusations. I must learn to discern the difference between the Holy Spirit graciously convicting me of how I fall short and the accusing condemnation of the enemy. God is still at work in and through me…
Philippians 1:6 “And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
Romans 8:1 “There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus”
Question: Do you know the difference between conviction and accusation?
Action step: I must stay in the Word daily to affirm my new identity of who and whose I am in Christ.
Great distinction between convict and condemn – thanks Brian!