Satan is the accuser of the brethren and he stands before God telling Him your sins; this is so important for you to know. He knows the mind is the battlefield, so he tries his best to get into your head. The bible says, “As a man thinks so is he”, therefore a man cannot be greater than the pattern of his thought process. That is why it is always important to make sure you do not allow the enemy to get into the pattern of your mind. Matthew 4 is a great chapter you should study in your time with God so when the accuser comes you can remind him that it is written and will stand on the Word of God!
3 Now when the tempter came to Him, he said, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.”4 But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.”
Now the first thing I need you to recognize is that the devil is a tempter and any temptation that you feel stems from your own desires. He tempts because he wants you to fall out with God. Here he is tempting Jesus, in running position to get to the Father and accuse Jesus of missing it! It reminds me of when I was a child, and my brother would tell me to do something we knew was not right. As soon as we were caught, I would hear, “It was him!”. And behold, I was in trouble with my mother. I’m sure if you had siblings growing up, you’ve been on either side. Satan’s intentions are to destroy your relationship with God because he’s jealous he will never have that access again. He tries his best to get you into a vulnerable situation so he can also accuse you of missing it with God. He stands before God telling Him your sins, faults, and shortcomings. But Jesus stands as your redeemer telling our Heavenly Father, “but my blood!”. He knows when Satan accuses you, he does it falsely. When you are accused of something that is false it has no validity or weight.
What do you think about when you hear the word valid? Immediately I think no truth, no value, and is meaningless. The enemy will always try to make you believe that it is more on the other side of sin then what it really is. But this is a trap! The grass is not always greener on the other side, it’s green wherever you water it! Satan will try to make us believe it is because once we commit sin, the accusation is no longer an accusation…it’s the truth. But what he wants to do is bring up false accusations in your life to cause a conflict of interest; this will have you busy trying to protect yourself from an accusation that it isn’t real, and you fall into something that you shouldn’t be in.
We should always be mindful of what we allow into our environment. For example, let’s say you were tempted with premarital sex when you were younger. Now the enemy will tempt you through your sight, whether it is when you’re scrolling down social media sites, tv shows, or movies. He knows that these are the things that would bring you down. He starts with a thought, then that progresses to an idea and suggestion, and after that it is an action. He tries his best to tempt us with these different things to get out of the Father’s will. It is important to know that the eyes of the Lord are everywhere at all times. Just because your father, mother, uncle, aunt, pastor, or mentor isn’t there, doesn’t mean God is not watching. So continue to build discipline in yourself, and that will produce character in you that will not be easily defeated. Until next time my friend, be blessed.
-Bishop Clarence Langston