Devotion: Monday, July 16:
Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. Revelation 12:10
None of us really want to think that Satan can use us for his purposes. However, we know that Jesus looked at Peter, one of the inner circle, and said, “Get behind me Satan.” We must come to grips with the reality that if Satan used Peter we are likewise susceptible.
Today’s Scripture teaches that it is the work of the evil one to be the accuser of the brethren. Just as he tried to use Peter to interfere with Christ’s journey to the cross, he seeks to use us to fulfill his purpose of being a vessel of accusation against other believers. I think this helps explain why there is so much division in the body of Christ. When we study this work of Satan more deeply, we learn he doesn’t just accuse, he accuses based on false evidence or outright lies. In the garden he made false accusations against God to Adam and Eve.
Sadly, within the body of Christ there is much accusation among professing Christ followers. Misunderstandings take place and instead of Christians talking to each other to seek reconciliation, they talk about each other to justify their feelings. Since we know this is the work of the evil one, each of us must guard our hearts so we don’t become a tool for Satan’s work.