God’s word doesn’t tell us to resist temptation. It says to flee from it (1 Tim. 6:11; 2 Tim. 2:22). To resist temptation, you must consider it. This is what Satan wants because as you consider it, your appetite for it will grow. No! When you come up against temptation, turn and flee! When you turn to flee temptation, you will face the Tempter. This contradicts our tendency to run away from him. God doesn’t tell you to flee from Satan. He tells you to resist him, and then he will flee from you (James 4:7). Satan tells you to turn away from him and face the temptation. This is because he knows when we turn away from it and face him, he has to flee. This is how you can enforce Jesus’ victory over temptation.
2. Overcoming the Accuser of the Brethren
Revelation 12:10 says, ”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 brethren has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night.” Satan accuses you before God day and night. But how do you experience this?
You experience this in the form of condemnation. Condemnation is that undefinable sense of guilt you just can’t seem to pin down. Have you ever gone to prayer and when you did you began to feel guilty in general. So you allow the Spirit to search your heart and confess all the sins you can think of – but you still feel guilty: “How do you think God will ever hear you, you hypocrite! You’ve just had some dirty thoughts!”
God never does this (Rom. 8:1). It is the work of the accuser. As you draw near to God, you can hear Satan trying to accuse you and condemn you. Until you recognize this condemnation as the work of Satan, you will begin to believe you aren’t worthy to be in God’s presence and your fellowship with God will become very weak. This is just what Satan wants!
Another time you can hear the accuser’s voice is when you minister for the Lord. Suppose you want to teach your flock about the need for purity of heart in the believer. As you stand to minister, the thought occurs to you, “How dare I teach this? I’ve only recently had dirty thoughts myself.” If you don’t know how to overcome the accuser, your preaching will eventually weaken and you will offer Satan’s kingdom no threat at all. This is just what he wants.
Or perhaps you confront a person who has an unclean demon. As you attempt to cast out the spirit, a similar thought occurs to you: “How can I have the power to cast out this devil? I’ve been guilty of some of the same things this fellow has done!”
Here is how you can overcome the accuser when he attacks you with thoughts like these: “They Overcame Him Because of the Blood of the Lamb!”
Revelation 12:11 says, “And they overcame him (the accuser of the brethren) because of the blood of the Lamb . . .” 1 John 1:7-9 says, “If we walk in the light as He Himself is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”