Hollow Accusations

by Lester Young

Have you ever been accused of anything – anything at all? Okay, have you ever been accused of anything – whether you actually did it or not – by somebody whose own reputation is… shall we say, ‘significantly less than stellar’ themselves? Not only does it automatically take some of the bite out of the allegation, it typically also has the effect of just irritating the crap out of you, doesn’t it? You know the attitude that invariably rises up on the inside: “Well just who the %*&# do they think they are, pointing their fat little sausage finger at me, after all the **** they’ve been doing!?” …or something to that effect.

On a somewhat related note, do you know what the name ‘Satan’ means? Being one of the most appropriate and spot-on appellations to be found in the Bible, it literally means “the opponent, the adversary, the accuser“. And that’s exactly what Satan is: the accuser of the brethren. It’s what he does – all day, every day (Revelation 12:10). Or perhaps I should say, “It’s what he did.” Now that’s not to say he no longer accuses, because he can’t help himself: he can’t deny his nature (John 8:44). But we do need to be keenly aware of something very important that’s greatly affected how and where he does it.

Take a look with me at Job 1:6-12 and 2:1-7. There we see the devil speaking directly with God. And what’s he talking to God about? The usual, of course: he’s accusing somebody – in this instance, Job. But what’s really noteworthy here is that the devil actually has an audience with the Almighty. He has access into the LORD’s Presence to accuse Job directly to God Himself.

Now fast-forward to Revelation 12:7-10 where “there was war in heaven; Michael and his angels fought against the dragon; and the dragon [and his angels] fought [back], and prevailed not; neither was their place found any more in heaven. And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceives the whole world: he was cast out [of heaven] into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. And I [John] heard a loud voice saying in heaven, ‘Now is come salvation, and strength, and the Kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ; for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before [in the presence of] our God day and night.'”

See that? Way back in the day, the devil could just walk up to God’s Throne and start throwing allegations at folks with the expectation that the Judge actually do something about them. But now, he can’t even get back into the appropriate Country, much less the applicable Courtroom. Satan no longer has any right or ability of access to God, so he can’t even bring a case before the Lord about anybody… for anything! God simply isn’t hearing him anymore. When did that major legal change go into effect? When Jesus opened up a can on the devil about 2,000 years ago (Luke 10:18; Colossians 2:15; Revelation 12:12). Why did it go into effect? Because Jesus cured mankind’s “Sin” problem once and for all by paying the full price for it – all of it – forever! (Luke 10:19-20; Colossians 2:11-14)

So now the only one the devil can accuse you to is… well, you. But just because he condemns you for something – whether you actually did it or not – doesn’t automatically mean you’re condemned (John 8:3-11; Romans 8:1). It simply means he knows you’re the only one he still has any change of wheedling into paying attention to him. So don’t: be like God and don’t bother to even give him an audience anymore (Ephesians 4:27). You have the precious shed Blood of the Lamb of God and the word of your own witnessing to overcome all Satan’s hollow accusations against you (Revelation 12:11). Use them!

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