Then I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, and the power, and the kingdom of our God and the authority of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren has been thrown down, he who accuses them before our God day and night.
2 Corinthians 2:11
…so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes.
We have an enemy. It is the devil, the accuser, who prowls, hunts.
This enemy is real, serious, potent, crafty. he can wiggle into our heads and thoughts, and even will use the Bible against us, like he tried to do with Jesus.
I have discovered one of his tricks is not just to accuse us before God, but also accuse us to us (leading to shame and lack of faith in God) and to accuse others in us.
The other day my mind was wandering. I had a bad day, was in a bad mood, and found myself imagining a disagreement with a family member where they were accusing me of something.
The thing is that that conversation never happened for real. The enemy, seeing my weakness, wiggled into my thoughts and led them down sinful, imaginary, defensive paths. It took me a few minutes to realize what was happening, but it was long enough for me to understand the damage that was being done. This imaginary conversation, this false battle, made my adrenaline and cortisol spike. It made me feel worse than I already did, more impotent, more powerless, more worthless. It made me feel defensive to the family member. Walls instantly started going up….
All because I was listening to false accusations from a creature who lives only to drive humans away from the Lord who loves us and to drive us from each other.
We can’t be ignorant of what is happening. We have to stop listening to accusations against others, whether they come from our own minds or from others whose thoughts the enemy has infiltrated. We have to remember who we are in Christ. We have to become discerning between conviction and shame. We have to remember to guard our minds the way we guard our houses with locks and verifying what comes into our house.
When the enemy tries this, when you find yourself getting irritated or ashamed or hurt or angry over a thought, whether it is a vain imagining or a real memory, stop. Praise the Lord. Deliberately love the person who is being accused (rightly or wrongly) in your mind. Pray for them.