BEWARE OF THE ACCUSER
By Elsie Ruiz
One of the things I dislike the most in my life is being accused of something I didn’t do. To be accused unjustly and to be judged unjustly is to be treated unjustly, and this is something that not only angers me, but hurts me deeply.
We all deal with this injustice differently. Some of us lash back immediately in our anger, others retreat and get depressed and then others…well, you get the idea…you may fill in the blank with your own reaction to this injustice since none of us are the same.
One thing is the same for ALL of us though…we DO have, have ALWAYS have had AND will ALWAYS have someone who will be constantly ACCUSING us unjustly. And if we are not careful and well equipped, we may fall into his conniving trap.
The Bible calls him “the accuser”.
“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.” Revelation 12:10
You see this? This accuser, he accuses us “day and night”! He never stops!
We all know who he is. He has been among us since the beginning of our story. Sin entered this world through his lie and it is his lie that continues today to badger us with accusations. The accuser is the devil…our enemy…don’t believe it?
Close your eyes at night and what do you see….darkness….right? What do you hear? Be honest…what do you hear? Do you have peace? Do you hear words that bring you rest? Or….do you hear the voice of the accuser who accuses you “day and night”?
Here are some of the voices we may hear. Fear…..you fill in the why’s…..Disappointed…..you fill those in also…..and then there is Shame.
As we go through life, the enemy waits for these quiet moments, for our most vulnerable moments, for our weakest moments, to impart these feelings and attack and bring us down. He reminds us of an attacker, a robber…doesn’t he wait for those precise moments?
Then, if we let it, the process may progress like this; we will let these lies, those low blows directed at us, to become personal. These lies may come in from people we know demeaning us; from our boss not appreciating us, from our spouse hurting us, from our parents…to our own minds already bombarding us with our own set of lies.
We say to ourselves that we do what we do, or that we are where we are, because we are weak. We start asking ourselves “Why do I always fail?” Or say to ourselves things like, “I am no good. I can’t do it anymore! It’s no use!” We give up because we stop believing.
This doesn’t stay this way, you know. If we don’t stop this process it will degenerate. It will begin to define who we are. One day we will start feeling that we are becoming this person. We begin to believe that we are who we are NOT!
Because the accuser wants nothing more than for this to be permanent. He wants nothing more than to see us hopeless!
When was it that Peter denied Jesus?
In Luke 22:54 it says, “Peter followed at a distance…” And it was during this time when he denied Christ three times. The answer to our question then is: When he was at a distance. It is also then that we lose sight of Jesus.
It is when we follow at a distance that; Fear, Disappointed and Shame sets in. It is important to notice here that it is at these times of trials in our lives when we have to stay the closest to Jesus.
Here is when Peter repented….Luke 22:61-62
“The Lord turned and looked straight at Peter. Then Peter remembered the word the Lord had spoken to him: “Before the rooster crows today, you will disown me three times. And he went outside and wept bitterly.”
Peter came face to face with Jesus! No more was he at a distance, but FACE TO FACE! A place where the enemy could no longer enter.
We must stay close to Jesus because the enemy is vigilant and waiting eagerly for these moments in our lives to bring us the chattering of untruth, of lies that can push us off course. This may be why Peter wrote, “Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8
The beauty of our Lord is that His promises are never ending,
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 1:20.
His word is never ending, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.” Mark 13:31, and His love protect us, “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3
We can take comfort in knowing that by staying FACE TO FACE with God, intimately close to God, we are guaranteed the accuser cannot enter this holy space…He can’t! Where there is Light darkness cannot enter. Also, we can take comfort in knowing that our battle with the accuser is only a temporary one, for one day, our Almighty God, our King of King and Lord of Lords will be victorious over our accuser forever. It is clearly written in the Book of Revelation.
“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.
They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death.”
Through Christ, victory is already ours. Let us live life as wondrous creations, unconditionally loved by our Creator, created for an awesome purpose that nothing and no one has a right to ever shatter. I pray we never forget that we do not live in a one dimensional world and we look beyond and see our lives through a Biblical perspective. That we keep in mind that the accuser is out there using every means to cause chaos in our lives, wanting for nothing more than to distract, divide and disarm the people of God.
Let us give God thanks and praise at all times for His mercy and grace and His assurance of our victory over the accuser, for it is written;
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39