Dec 16th 2021
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Revelation 12 gives us an intriguing insight into the tactics of our enemy, Satan. In verse 10 we read that he is ‘the accuser of our brothers [and sisters] … who accuses them day and night before our God’.
God is not an accuser. Satan is the one who accuses. He may tempt us to do wrong, and then continually remind us of just what we’ve done, or said, to offend God and others. However, God invites us to confess our wrongdoing to Him, forgives us, and asks us that we might also forgive other people.
When we point the finger, especially at our brothers and sisters in Christ, we are not doing as God would have us do. If we have criticisms, accusations, it’s best to bring them to the Lord and let Him deal with this, and show us how to move forward. Holding criticism and accusation in our hearts can lead to a bitter spirit, and that will not bless anyone.
Look at how the Christians overcome the accusations of the enemy: ‘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’ (v. 11). Jesus died so we can be forgiven. We can testify to that, and to the good things that He has done in our lives.
It might cost us, though, and we need to be prepared for that. We might not physically die, as we read here,but taking a stand for Jesus, living His way, even in our speech, often has a price.
Let’s trust God, and ensure our words are full of life-building testimony to Jesus!
Pause and reflect: Do you have a testimony of how gracious God has been to you? Why not share that with someone today?
Sheila Jacobs is a Christian writer and editor, and an award-winning author. She is also a retreat leader and day chaplain at a retreat house. She loves listening to people’s stories, and encouraging writers to hone their
potential. She is passionate about pursuing God and helping others meet with Jesus.
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