Overcoming the Accuser

Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night. And they have conquered him by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony . . .” (Revelation 12:10-11).

How do you deal with feelings of guilt? We all have them. And we all have to deal with them. The good news for the Christian is they have already been dealt with. When Christ went to the cross he took with him all our sin and shame, bearing in his bloody body the guilt of our sin. That is a judicial fact.

But our feelings don’t always measure up to that fact. And at moments we may be overwhelmed by these feelings of guilt. For me, they come most often in the mornings. I wake up and like a surprised title wave these feelings of condemnation slam against my soul. I can’t always explain this. They’re just there.

And I have to make a decision about those feelings. Am I going to be defeated by those feelings? That’s an option. A miserable one, I might add. Or am I going to submit those feelings underneath the weight of the biblical testimony? The latter option forces me to face the truth of the Christian faith: the fact that Jesus has died for me means I don’t have to be enslaved to my feelings. The cross empowers me then to walk in victory over my adversary, who, though he accuses me with guilt, has been trampled on at Calvary.

And whether there be guilty feelings due to sin in my life that need confession and repentance, or there be guilty feelings from already-confessed sin, or there be guilty feelings for things I need not feel guilty about, my refuge is the same in all cases—the cross.

This is the response of our brothers and sisters in Revelation 12. It should be ours as well. We must fight this battle with spiritual weapons. We cannot fight this battle with the inventions of man. This battle over our emotional life—feelings—must be fought on the ground before the bloody Savior. And with eyes of faith we must routinely look upwards to the Lamb that was slain, and say, “You paid the price for my guilt. You have defeated the accuser. In you I have victory.” This is our testimony: Jesus is all we have, brothers and sisters, and Jesus is all we need. So, let’s overcome today by the blood of the lamb and by the word of our testimony.

DevotionsMatt HarkeyComment