Kind of a provocative title, isn’t it? But we all do it.
I’m not talking about having some kind of satanic ritual where you summon demons and sacrifice animals, so please don’t click away too fast.
What I’m talking about is listening to him when he’s trying to convince us to give into our sinful nature, and then later when he’s accusing us and throwing that same sin right in our faces saying, “Why should God give you a second chance? Look at what you did!”
This happened to me recently. I woke up feeling very accused because memories of the day before came flooding back. I fell into a sin that God has been highlighting in my life for awhile now.
The enemy doesn’t just condemn, he’s also really good at lying. He had me convinced that the feelings of accusation were actually feelings of conviction coming from God. And, you know, God does convict us of our sins. I’m not saying we should go around doing whatever we want with middle fingers raised high. The difference between God’s conviction and the condemnation Satan heaps on us is that God makes us feel convicted and guilty so that we will bring our sin before Him, lay it down, and repent. It’s a process that leads to cleansing.
Satan condemns us just to beat us down.
Just as I was really starting to wallow in a pit of self pity so deep it could drown a giraffe, the song “Wake” by Hillsong Young and Free came on (Sidenote, I really love that band). God just put His hand on my shoulder and was like, “You know I’m not a school principal sitting in his big chair and waiting to slap you on the wrist, right? You. Are. Free. Act like it. Just because you don’t want to believe it doesn’t make it any less true.”
One of the lines in the song is “We will never fade away, your love is here to stay,” and God highlighted that to me. Just as I was thinking, “That’s it. I’ve blown it. That’s one second chance too many,” God said, “My mercies are new every morning.”
The steadfast love of the lord never ceases,
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
Also, are you familiar with Zechariah 3:1-4? Because God reminds me of it every time I start to feel like this. Sometimes when I read it he tells me to replace Joshua with my name. Here it is:
Then he showed me the high priest Joshua standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him. And the Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, O Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you! Is not this man a brand plucked from the fire?” Now Joshua was dressed with filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, “Take off his filthy clothes.” And to him he said, “See, I have taken your guilt away from you, and I will clothe you with festal apparel.”
Did you catch that? God rebuked Satan for accusing this man. Accusing and lying are two of Satan’s favorite hobbies, and he’s the master of both.
But God rebukes him.
We can ask God to rebuke Satan for us, you know. How crazy is that? We have so much authority over the powers of darkness because of Jesus, it’s actually really insane.
Satan is pissed. In Revelation it says that his time is short, and he’s really pissed about that, and so he likes to try to take us down with him. The reality is, though, that he can’t touch us, so let’s stop listening to him. There are things much worthier of our attention.
Thanks for reading!