Throughout the Bible, three primary pronouns are used to describe Satan and his character. We can see these images of Satan working in throughout scripture. We looked at two names for Satan earlier in this study. Now, let’s look at the third one: the Accuser. Satan is one who uses the word of God to accuse us regarding our sin.
Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan also came among them. And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?”
So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”
So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Does Job fear God for nothing? Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land. But now, stretch out Your hand and touch all that he has, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”
And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.”
So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord….
Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord. And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?”
Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”
Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy him without cause.”
So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. But stretch out Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will surely curse You to Your face!”
And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life.”
So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. And he took for himself a potsherd with which to scrape himself while he sat in the midst of the ashes (Job 1:6-12, 2:1-8).
Satan tempted Jesus. He decided Eve. And here we see Satan accusing and trying to destroy Job’s life. He used condemnation, guilt, and shame to steal, kill, and destroy. He pollutes people lives and takes their sanity through guilt, overloads them with depression and suicidal thoughts through shame, and cripples their souls through condemnation.
Unlike Job’s days, Satan works today illegally. All the deaths from a drug overdose, all the evil human trafficking, all the vulgar sale of sex slaves, all the mental illness running rampant through our country, is being done illegally, and on our watch. Jesus died to defeat the devil.
Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:7, 8).
Jesus then rose to give His church the authority to put a stop to his torment and pain.
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? (1 John 4:4-5)
We are called to suspend, arrest, and stop Satan’s work on the earth.
Jesus said, “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you” (Luke 10:19).
Often, we see the evil around us and wonder why God isn’t doing anything. He has already done all He needs to do; we are the inactive ones. We are here to enforce the victory of Christ, and we need to overcome the lies of the enemy which tell us that we cannot defeat him. We have been given weapons, and two of the weapons we are to use are in Revelation 12:11:
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony…
As Christ-followers and children of God, we have the DNA of Jesus in us. This means we have the power to overcome Satan’s condemnations, guilt, and shame with weapons like the power of the blood of Jesus and the word of our testimony.