The Accuser (Dec 21)

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From Open Up Your Heart by Jeff Syverson

December 21
The Accuser

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 144:9-15 | Zechariah 1:1-21 | Revelation 12:1-13:1 | Proverbs 30:17

Today’s Scripture Focus: Revelation 12:1-13:1

“Now have come salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.”

He’s a liar, a thief, a deceiver. He’s the accuser of our brothers and sisters in Christ. An enemy to God and all his ways, Satan tries desperately to cause as much damage and havoc as he can. But his days are numbered: “He is filled with fury, because he knows his time is short” (12:12) and he has been “hurled down” (12:10).

He has made an occupation of accusing us before the throne of God. Remember the story of Job?

Sometimes we live in the false guilt of his accusations. We have trouble receiving forgiveness–thinking that our past can never be put behind us. This is only a trick of the enemy–the accuser–and his days are numbered.

Overcome his schemes by the victory that is yours in “the blood of the Lamb”: Christ’s death on the cross, which triumphed over Satan. Boldly proclaim the word of your testimony. You are God’s child–forgiven and dearly loved. You are proclaimed “not guilty” and cleansed from your sinful past.

Don’t allow the accuser to keep you in defeat. Live in the victory that is ours in Christ Jesus. The accuser may try to remind you of your past, but pay no attention–you know his future. He’s only desperate because his time is short.

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About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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