Written by Robbie Down
“‘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’” (Revelation 12:10-12).
This passage reveals the cause behind Satan’s opposition to the Church. He is our great accuser, yet we must remind ourselves that his words have no power over us (Romans 8:33).
Where do you believe you stand with God at this moment? Often, I get caught up with the idea of the Spirit producing miraculous things through me; I neglect that God has made a miraculous thing of me (Romans 5:1-2).
I can get so fixated on my sin and become exactly what I laugh at the Pharisees for being: people who live the truth but forget the joy and beauty in it. I can muse at the ignorance of Nicodemus, who thought he must literally be born again, yet lose my awareness of the firm truth of being born again through Christ. You understand my point.
Because of our human nature, we need constant reminders of our convictions. We also need awareness of the devil who attempts to strip us of our confidence in Christ. The devil, as we know, has many names: the father of lies, the deceiver, the tempter, the accuser, the destroyer. This passage in Revelation describes the narrative of our being and living in God.
Using that narrative as a guideline, here are a few reminders and convictions to meditate on.
The salvation and power of the Kingdom of God are at hand. What is saving you or giving you power right now that isn’t the Kingdom of God in your life? Lay them at God’s feet in prayer, confessing, and ask for humility and wisdom.
The devil accuses you of being unworthy and unrighteous before the throne of God. Yet, Christ’s death has brought you near to Himself and the throne of God as a spotless child.
By the word of your testimony in Christ and the rejoicing of your lips, you have triumphed over the devil and his accusations. Indeed, we may even be worse than Satan’s accusations, but we are still made righteous by the blood of Christ. In obedience to the call of the Son, we now carry our cross daily and fear death no more.
Therefore, we are called to rejoice. As I said at the beginning, I can get caught up in my sin and forget that I live in grace by default. A mentor of mine says, “You don’t need to clean up to get in the shower.” This maxim is a great reminder of our true state in God’s grace.
Here is a list of truths we need daily in the face of the devil’s accusations. Find one you particularly needed to be reminded of and pray about it. Ask God to fill you with the truth of His Word.
Loved – 1 John 4:10
Forgiven – Psalm 103:3
Pure – 1 Corinthians 6:11
Known – Psalm 139:1
Holy – Hebrews 10:10
Safe – 1 John 5:18
God’s Child – Romans 8:15
Complete – Colossians 2:10
Planned – Ephesians 1:11-12
God’s Delight – Psalm 147:11