When the Devil Knocks… The Accuser

Week #2: The Accuser
 
Key Points:
-Satan is the destroyer who attacks your will with pride.
-Satan is the deceiver who attacks your mind with lies.
-Satan is the accuser who attacks your heart with accusations.
 
BIG IDEA: Don’t let the devil accuse you if Jesus has forgiven you
-We don’t fight for victory. We fight from victory.
-Learn the difference: Satan’s Accusations vs Spirit’s Conviction
-The devil knows your name but calls you by your sin.
-God knows your sin but calls you by your name.
 
Further Conversation:
1. Have you ever been wrongly accused of something you didn’t do? How’d you feel?
2. Read Revelation 12:10-11a. What do you think the devil wants you to think …about God? …about himself? …about you?
3. “We don’t fight for victory. We fight from victory.” What does this statement mean to you? How can you remember it in battle?
4. Read Zechariah 3:1-7. What do you think was going through Jeshua’s mind during this whole scene?
5. Jeshua received new clothes to replace his filthy ones. What has God done like this in your life?
6. Read Romans 8:1-2. How have you experienced the difference between Satan’s Accusations & the Spirit’s Conviction?
7. Restate the BIG IDEA in your own words. What next steps you can take to protect yourself against the devil’s accusations?
 
Daily Devotions: Go Deeper this Week
 
Monday – Revelation 12:7-12
We can not forget the score! Sometimes, in the midst of temptation or struggle…when we do battle with the spiritual forces of evil…we take our eyes of the scoreboard. In those moments, the power of the evil one feels unstoppable. But we must remember the score…and that Satan lost! I love the last line “for the devil has come down to you in great anger, knowing that he has little time.” The ferocity of Satan’s attacks should remind us of their futility. He has already lost. We fight these spiritual forces from a position of victory. Christ has won the day! Commit yourself to Christ this week, remembering His victory!
Pray: LORD Jesus, you have conquered Satan and death. You live in victory forever! Thank you for inviting me into your victory!
 
Tuesday – Job 1:6-22
God asks Satan, “Where did you come from?” As if the God of the Universe who knows all things doesn’t know where Satan came from. I believe it is a brutal reminder to Satan that he knows his defeat and he wanders the earth taking in his failure. Satan picks out a faithful man, Job, only to hurl unsubstantiated accusations. Why does God give in? God already knows the outcome…Job will remain faithful and be blessed. God allows Satan the opportunity to see that his accusations fail…to lose once more. Do you fear Satan’s accusations? Remember to trust in the one who knows all things and can keep you secure!
Pray: Loving LORD, please hold might tight when Satan throws his accusations. Help me trust in you.
 
Wednesday – Job 2:1-10, 42:1-17
Round One was a clear victory for the LORD. Satan comes back hoping to steal a victory. This battle is much more difficult for Job. He lost everything but endured. He kept faith. But now the constant pain will bring Job to his knees. Job will question God and lose. But even as Job finally questions God, Job doesn’t lose. Job repents. Job seeks forgiveness and walks forward in obedience. Everything is restored and Satan loses again. Do you feel you are failing? Seek God. Ask forgiveness. Trust and obey.
Pray: Jesus Christ, my LORD and Savior, some times the battle is too much. Forgive me my failures. May my next step glorify you!
 
Thursday – 1 John 2:1-6
I’m a huge Law & Order fan. I love a good courtroom drama. Lawyers passionately fighting for justice for their client, sacrificing everything so that their client can win. These courtroom drama’s mirror the heavenly drama played out through the pages of Scripture. Jesus is our advocate, our lawyer, willing to give his life to win our case. Our challenge is to trust our advocate. Our duty is to obey our lawyer. When we go off script and attempt to create our own testimony, we jeopardize the case. The saying holds true, “a person who represents himself has a fool for a client.” How about you? Have you committed yourself to Jesus? Have you sought his forgiveness and given him authority to advocate on your behalf? Or are you hoping to represent yourself?
Pray: Almighty God, please appoint your Son, Jesus, to be my advocate. I will trust and obey him!
 
Friday – Romans 8:1-2
My son is becoming a hide & seek champ. This week he hid motionless for nearly 25 minutes. He couldn’t be found. Because of shame, many of us have become master hiders. We waste our lives hiding motionless instead of risking exposure. We don’t want to be found, as if that was the purpose in life. But life is meant to be lived out in the open. Through Jesus, shame loses because there is no condemnation for those who belong to him. Shame’s power is condemnation. Since Jesus cleanses us, we need not fear. We are freed! Are you still hiding in shame, hoping you will not be seen? Or are you free, living a life full of purpose!
Pray: Heavenly Father, thank you that I am set free of shame and guilt because of Jesus Christ. I am his! I belong to Jesus!
 
Saturday – Isaiah 54:17
Its hard to ignore the voices. We are not perfect. We will have failures. We will make selfish, sinful decisions sometimes. And we will regret it mightily. In those moments, the voices will be loud, accusing us. We will want to hide. But we must remember the victory we have in Jesus. On that day of the LORD, the voices will be silenced. We will know freedom. If we belong to the LORD, God promises our vindication. Repent and trust in the LORD!
Pray: LORD Jesus, you will vindicate the broken and accused. I repent and confess my sin, trusting your to save and secure me.