ac·cuse verb \ə-ˈkyüz\
: to blame (someone) for something wrong or illegal
: to say that someone is guilty of a fault or crime
: to charge with a fault or offense
Revelation 12:10-12 says,
“Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They overcame 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. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short.” (NIV84)
Here it is in The Message:
“Salvation and power are established! Kingdom of our God, authority of his Messiah! The Accuser of our brothers and sisters thrown out, who accused them day and night before God. They defeated him through the blood of the Lamb and the bold word of their witness. They weren’t in love with themselves; they were willing to die for Christ. So rejoice, O Heavens, and all who live there, but doom to earth and sea, For the Devil’s come down on you with both feet; he’s had a great fall; He’s wild and raging with anger; he hasn’t much time and he knows it.”
We’re in Session 8 of our Beth Moore Bible Study, learning about Revelation 12. I love this part of the chapter! Satan – the devil – used to stand before God, accusing us day and night. But he was hurled down! As Revelation 12:8 says, “he was not strong enough, and they [the dragon and his angels] lost their place in heaven.” Satan is our accuser – or should I say – he WAS! Beth shared in the video that Satan was hurled down, he lost his position, his ammunition, and his power to accuse!
I was reminded of the story of Joshua found in Zechariah 3:1-5.
“Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. The Lord said to Satan, ‘The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire!’ Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, ‘Take off his filthy clothes.’ Then he said to Joshua, ‘See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you.’ Then I said, ‘Put a clean turban on his head.’ So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the Lord stood by.” (NIV84)
“Next the Messenger-Angel showed me the high priest Joshua. He was standing before God’s Angel where the Accuser showed up to accuse him. Then God said to the Accuser, ‘I, God, rebuke you, Accuser! I rebuke you and choose Jerusalem. Surprise! Everything is going up in flames, but I reach in and pull out Jerusalem!’ Joshua, standing before the angel, was dressed in dirty clothes. The angel spoke to his attendants, ‘Get him out of those filthy clothes,’ and then said to Joshua, ‘Look, I’ve stripped you of your sin and dressed you up in clean clothes.’ I spoke up and said, ‘How about a clean new turban for his head also?’ And they did it—put a clean new turban on his head. Then they finished dressing him, with God’s Angel looking on.” (MSG)
This passage has always been one of my favorites. Joshua was standing there, in filthy clothes, guilty of his sin. The devil was there too, ready to do his job – ready to accuse Joshua before God, to point out all of Joshua’s sins, to declare what Joshua was guilty of. But God rebuked Satan! He wouldn’t listen to the enemy’s accusations, even though they were true! Instead, God had Joshua’s filthy clothes removed and rich, clean garments put on. He took Joshua’s sin away – removed it as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12), and dressed him in robes of righteousness.
God has silenced the enemy – he can’t accuse the believers anymore. Satan has been thrown down from Heaven and he’s filled with fury because he knows his time on earth is short. But even in his fury, he can’t bring another accusation to God against us because we’ve been completely forgiven and redeemed.
Isaiah 54:17 says,
“… no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the Lord. (NIV84)
“… but no weapon that can hurt you has ever been forged. Any accuser who takes you to court will be dismissed as a liar. This is what God’s servants can expect. I’ll see to it that everything works out for the best.” God’s Decree. (MSG)
Any accusation brought against us will be dismissed as a lie! Our accuser has been silenced! When God looks at us, He sees us covered in the blood of Jesus Christ. He doesn’t see our sin – past, present, or future! We have been cleansed. We are new creations. We have been set free! Is the enemy still trying to bring accusations against you? Trust God and His Word! Believe that Satan has been silenced and you have been cleansed and purified! Isaiah 1:18 says “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.” The Son of Man came to give his life as a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28). You were bought at a price! “All of you, slave and free both, were once held hostage in a sinful society. Then a huge sum was paid out for your ransom” (1 Corinthians 7:23 MSG). We have been washed whiter than snow! The devil will try to throw lies, deceit, and discouragement your way – reject it! John 10 talks about the Shepherd and His Flock, and how the sheep will follow the shepherd’s voice because they know his voice. “But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger’s voice” (John 10:5 NIV84). Run away from Satan’s accusations and into the arms of your Heavenly Father!
Suggested Songs this week:
- “Jesus Paid it All” – Kristian Stanfill http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brVIlXlJRkQ
- “For The Cross” – Bethel Music http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuRNZg6uatg
- “I Am Set Free” – All Sons & Daughters http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13_Py-6eRqI&list=RD13_Py-6eRqI
- “Break Every Chain” – Jesus Culture ft. Kristene DiMarco http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bP1sl3G264A
Books I’m Currently Reading 🙂
- “Let Go” by Fénelon http://www.amazon.com/Let-Go-Francois-Fenelon/dp/0883680106/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1414641853&sr=8-2&keywords=fenelon+let+go
- “Disciplines of the Beautiful Woman” by Anne Ortlund http://www.amazon.com/Disciplines-Beautiful-Woman-Anne-Ortlund/dp/0849929830/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1414641982&sr=8-1&keywords=disciplines+of+a+beautiful+woman