Satan - The Liar and Accuser

Sometimes, we hear parts of the Scripture quoted. There is a little sign, you often see it on billboards, and it says that the blood of Jesus cleanses you from all sin. That’s true, but it’s only part. I think that maybe that is one of the devil’s cleverest tactics, devices, just to quote all the promises in God’s word, but not the conditions. You know that the first part of that verse starts out with, "But if." “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, then we will have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus will cleanse us.”

Sometimes we sit in one of those places, and the minister, he really wants to drill this point into everyone, that Jesus did it all. There isn’t a thing that you can do. In fact you are even presumptuous to think that there is anything that you can do. This is a doctrine that everyone wants to hear. They don’t want to hear anything about repenting, or believing, or forgiving, or loving. That’s all works. They love to hear that there’s nothing for you to do. Jesus did it all. But that’s a lie. When you only have part of the truth you only have a lie, and that’s one of Satan’s devices.

We heard a little this morning about Matthew 4, and in that chapter, the devil is called the tempter. We have a hymn that says, “The tempter now accusing from.” So once the devil has tempted you, then the next thing that he will be doing is accusing you. He is the accuser.

I like the way that chapter starts out. It says, “Jesus was led of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil.” The Spirit led Jesus and then He was tempted. I hope that none of us ever think that we can just lead ourselves into the possibility of temptation and pull out of it. We won’t. Jesus was led of the Spirit. When the Spirit led Jesus through that temptation, He had God’s power, of course. That’s why He never yielded to the temptation. Like we heard this morning, the temptation was, "Number one - just feed the flesh." He didn’t yield to that. Another temptation was, "Jump off the pinnacle of the temple and just take a chance. God will look after you. Take a chance, and God will provide." And maybe the third temptation was, "Just be short-sighted, just live for today. Don’t worry about tomorrow. Just look for glory today, and don’t worry about tomorrow." And if Jesus had of, like we heard this morning, we wouldn’t be here today. As soon as we fall into temptation, then we see the other side, that he is going to be the accuser.

One of those verses in Revelation that we read first — I guess we didn’t read it, but in that chapter, it talks about the accuser and of overcoming the accuser. It’s just good to remember that the devil is just a very small speck in God’s eyes. It’s true. I guess that is the reason that I hesitate to even speak about it. We have something that is so much more powerful than we are. It’s good to think about the other side.

Sometimes we say that we have a three-fold enemy against us, with our flesh (that is very close to us), the devil (like that verse says, he is very subtle), and we have the world (and that is very appealing). We won’t just leave you there this afternoon, thinking about all that is against us. We like to think about all that is for us, and to remember just how small the truth is in this big creation of God’s. So we think about God who is for us, we think about Jesus who is interceding for us, and we think about the Holy Spirit that is for us, we think about the angels that we heard about this morning, who are for us, we think about the fellowship, the tremendous support we have that’s tangible, we have a ministry that’s for us. There is seven-fold help that is for us.

In closing, the Devil is not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.