Overcomer #3 – Facing Accusations
Satan is described as the accuser of brothers and sisters in Christ (Revelation 12:10).
He continuously claims that we have done something wrong or belittles us into thinking we ourselves are wrong. “You’re not important. You’re not qualified. You’re no good.”
When we have sinned, the Holy Spirit convicts us, moving us to humble ourselves, repent of our sin, and receive forgiveness. We feel a sense of brokenness. Satan, however, condemns us, pushing us further away from God and the freedom of forgiveness. We feel paralyzed.
Satan’s accusations can be incessant, like a ceaseless commentary on everything about us or everything we do. “You’re always wrong. You can’t do anything right.” He bombards us with false thoughts and ideas of our own unworthiness or unrighteousness.
On one occasion, God gave the prophet Zechariah a picture of Joshua the high priest standing before God. But Satan was standing next to Joshua to accuse him, oppose him, attack him, question him (Zechariah 3:1).
As a spiritual leader and representative of God’s people, Joshua was described as wearing filthy clothes, dirtied by the sins of his nation (Zechariah 3:3). But God had other plans for his people.
God himself intervened and said to Satan, “The LORD rebuke you, Satan!” (Zechariah 3:2). Then the Lord cleansed Joshua and clothed him with fine garments and a clean turban (Zechariah 3:4-5). God removed the guilt of his people and the accusations ceased.
As God cleanses us, being clothed with Christ, we take our stand in Christ, and overcome all the accusations of the enemy.
We rebuke him in the name and authority of Jesus: Telling him to leave. Reminding him of the truth of God’s Word. Declaring the victory of Christ’s death on the cross.
As a Christ follower, you have been justified through faith (Romans 5:1).
• You are legally acquitted and pardoned before God!
• You have been reconciled to God!
• You have been declared innocent and not guilty!
• You are on speaking terms with God!
• Your sins are covered, removed, forgiven, and will never be counted against you!
• You are freed from guilt and shame and condemnation!
Jesus told us, “I have given you authority . . . to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you” (Luke 10:19).
~ Pastor Dave