Do you ever get sick and tired of being attacked by the devil? In today’s world we never know what is truth or lies.
Does it ever seem like your taking one step forwards and then two steps back?
Have you ever felt condemned in your sins and feel like it not worth the fight anymore?
If you said yes to any of the above, then there is good news for you. Your life doesn’t have to continue on this way. The Bible gives us a plan of action to overcome the devil and his tactics. First you need to be able to identify his strategy.
The Devil’s Two-Fold Strategy
The devil first tries to bring us down by trapping us in sin. If he is successful, then he attempts his accusations. The devil is “The accuser” (Revelation 12:10). Satan does not lead us into sin and leave us to suffer the consequences. He wants the disobedient to be doubly defeated.
In Zechariah he showed Joshua the high priest standing before the Angel of the Lord and Satan standing at his right hand to oppose him. And the Lord said to Satan , ‘The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord who has chosen Jerusalem rebuke you. Is this not a brand plucked from the fire? (Zechariah 3:1-2)
The setting is that of a court room: God is the judge. Joshua the high priest is the defendant. Satan is the prosecutor trying to prove Joshua’s guilt.
Satan still uses this tactic with great effect. When you have disobeyed God, he moves in for that finishing stroke. He accuses you. “You call yourself a believer?” “You’re not worthy of God after what you have done.”
Before we sin while he is tempting us, or while we are in the process of dragging ourselves through the mud, while he is temping us, the devil whispers “You can’t get away with this,” or you aren’t good enough, pretty enough, worthy enough for God. After we sin, he shouts “ You will never get away with this, or maybe something like “you should just give up now, God will never forgive you now.”
Does this mean that every time we feel guilt or shame, it comes from the devil? Of course not. God would never tell us to give up. We must learn to distinguish between Satan’s accusations and the Holy Spirits conviction. If those feelings drive us to despair and hopelessness, then we’ve listened to the wrong voice.
The Difference Between Conviction And Accusation.
When the Spirit of God convicts you:
He uses the Word of God in love. He seeks to bring you closer to Him.
He gets you to focus on God and His forgiveness. He draws you to the cross of Christ.
He leads you repentance.
He moves us back into fellowship with Him.
When Satan Accuses You:
He uses your own sins in a hateful way. He seeks to make you feel helpless and hopeless.
He gets you to focus your attention upon yourself and your sins.
He wants you to experience regret and remorse, but not repentance.
He moves you farther and farther away from the Lord.
True Conviction From The Spirit Will Move You Closer To The Lord.
Judas listened to the devil and went out and hanged himself in complete despair. Peter looked in the face of Jesus and wept bitterly, but later came back into fellowship with Christ. Don’t let anything keep you from coming to the feet of Jesus and repent of your sins and experiencing the wonderful, cleansing work of forgiveness in your life!