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The Accuser

There was a woman whose son had died at a very young age. One night she had a dream in which she saw her son in heaven. She was so glad to see him, and he had grown to be such a fine young man. As they talked, she remembered many of the mistakes she had made. She remembered times when she hadn't been a very good mom. She began to apologize to her son for these times, but he stopped her: "Mom, we don't keep any record of such things here."

It seems that the accuser looks for every way to accuse us even after we leave our sin behind. He tries to remind us of the sins that are forgiven the things of the past that are under the blood. We need to be careful that we don't let Satan use us. You may have heard Satan speaking through a brother or sister in Christ using phrases like, "Under the blood, under the rug, what's the difference." Have you ever held a grudge or refused to forgive and forget?

Paul, the apostle, had persecuted the Church. We know that he was there consenting to the murder of Stephen. Then Jesus met Paul and straightened him out. Even after Paul had received so much from God, however, he still had the memory of all those whom he had persecuted. The accuser kept bringing these things back to Paul.

Some say that Paul's "thorn in the flesh" was a physical ailment of some sort. I think that Paul's thorn may well have been the constant accusations from the evil one. Paul called his "thorn," a messenger of Satan. Satan, the accuser, sent a messenger to Paul to tell him something. Paul asked God, over and over, to free him from this messenger. God said, "My strength is made perfect (complete) in weakness." And so it appears that the message from the accuser continued to be delivered to Paul by whatever means.

Whether or not this is what Paul was referring to when he wrote of his thorn in the flesh is not the point. The point is this: after we leave our sin behind, the accuser seeks every means to accuse us. The accuser sends many messengers. He will use our own fleshly mind to speak condemnation to us--out of our hearts proceed evil thoughts--yet God has already forgotten the sins of our past. Satan will use evil spirits to accuse us of past, forgiven sins.

Satan will even use the fleshly minds of our brothers and sisters in Christ to accuse. He will accuse with 2% truth (to add credibility) and 98% lie. But God's strength is made complete in our weakness. When we are humbled, God is exalted. The fact that He has turned us around demonstrates the greatness of God's grace.

The reality is that those areas of life that are a trial or temptation are the areas where we are called to overcome. We are forgiven as soon as we ask. There is no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus. We are called to be overcomers and deliverers. The Holy Spirit is given to complete this work. It is only by the power of the grace of God that we can overcome every sin and it is only by His power that we can ever work with Christ to deliver others. All of this is contained within that free gift that Christ won for us on the cross.


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