In the book of Revelation, the Devil is called by one of his most appropriate names: The Accuser.
Accusation may be one of the most devastating tools in the arsenal of the enemy, and I guarantee that if He hasn’t used it on you yet, he will… Because it works!
We’ve all experienced it, albeit in a variety of different ways:
- When the addict reaches a milestone in his sobriety… The devil accuses him of being a failure, and reminds him of his past.
- When the survivor of abuse finally begins to feel whole again… The devil accuses her of being weak and makes her feel like what happened to her was somehow her own fault.
- When the young pastor finally starts to find a little success in ministry…. The devil accuses him of being a fraud and makes him feel like he’s about to be exposed any day now.
The accuser is always seeking to remind you of your past. Your worst day… Your biggest mistake… The person you used to be… And that is why it is so important that you read this passage and then read it again:
From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer.Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.
-2 Corinthians 5:16-20 (ESV)
Let me just encourage you as you go out in the world today, that whatever is in your past that causes you sorrow, shame or pain… In Christ, all that old mess has passed away; and behold! The new has come! Whatever you you have done in the past, whatever warfare you carried out against God in days gone by… Jesus has come to reconcile that broken relationship that you have with your father… That “old man” that used to run the show in your heart has been transformed by the blood of Christ!
Today, when the accuser tries to throw your past in your face and tries to tell you that you will never change… I’d love it if that voice could be drowned out by the sound of you telling yourself the real truth:
“In Christ, I am a new creation!"
Say that to yourself this morning. Say it again and again until you actually begin to believe it! For those that are in Christ, the past has been robbed of it’s power. You are now free to look forward instead of looking back over your shoulder all the time.
Oh and one last thing.. Should the accuser start reminding you of your past today, use the passage below to remind him of his future:
"And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. Therefore, rejoice…!"
God be with you all today!
- Pastor Russ