Satan is referred to as the accuser. He is the exact opposite of love. Satan works to expose our sins and failures. God, who is love, worked to cover them: “Hatred stirreth up strife: but love covereth all sins” (Proverbs 10:12). Not only are we covered, but the blood of Jesus completely takes our sins away! When Jesus conquered the devil at the cross and rose from the dead, the victory was established. “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night” (Revelation 12:10).
Look how busy satan was, accusing day and night! We didn’t have a chance. But Jesus overcame him, silencing his accusations and bringing forth salvation, strength, and the kingdom of God to you and me. Now that he’s been cast down, satan has no access to God the Judge of all (Hebrews 12:23). However, he can still gain access to believers. He can get believers to accuse and divide within the church. And he can get them to accuse and alienate those outside the church.
If you want to overcome the devil, don’t be his mouthpiece. Don’t speak bitterly about others. Instead, mouth what the Lord says in the spirit of love. Love never fails (1Corinthians 13:8). Not only did Jesus’ supreme act of love overcome the devil, but the children of God continue to overcome through Christ: “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Rev.12:11). Overcoming is connected to our words and deeds, as seen in this verse concerning testimony and the yielding of our lives. It’s all powered by love, and the most powerful love is found in the blood of the Lamb!
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