Here is the power of Jesus’ blood: When Jesus died on Calvary and shed His blood, He paid in full the penalty for all sin. To “walk in the light” and “confess your sins” involves agreeing with God that what you did (or failed to do) was wrong, and sin. Confessing sin isn’t telling God what you did. He already knows that. It is telling Him His judgment of that act is right and you were wrong. It is calling sin sin and not trying to rationalize it away. True confession also involves your decision to turn away from that sin. This is repentance. You change your mind and heart about that act. Finally, confession involves knowing that when you bring your sin to light, He forgives totally and cleanses thoroughly. He doesn’t even remember it anymore. Your conscience is clean and you are free to walk before God without guilt.
When the accuser of the brethren comes to you with his accusations, you can react two ways: you can deny his accusations or you can agree with them. We all tend to deny his accusations. Jesus’ teaching may surprise you: “Agree with your adversary quickly!” Satan is your adversary! When he comes to accuse you of sin, agree with him. He rarely accuses you of something which he fabricates. It usually has to do with something you in fact did do.
We usually respond, “I am not thinking unclean thoughts, devil. I’m righteous in Jesus!” That is the wrong answer because you did, in fact, have unclean thoughts. But you confessed them and were forgiven and cleansed from them. When you deny Satan’s accusations, you are taking a stand on your own righteousness. You don’t have any! Christ is your righteousness. He didn’t save you on the basis of your own righteousness, nor does He keep you on that basis: “He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit” (Tit. 3:5). When you confessed your sins and received God’s forgiveness, the devil’s accusations won’t intimidate you!
When he accuses you, say, “That’s right devil. I did have that dirty thought, and it was horrible. And I do worse things than that! You know my old man is capable of terrible evil. But God knows it too. And He saved me in spite of it, and cleansed me from that sin when I told Him about it. My authority isn’t in my own righteousness. It is in Jesus who loved me and died for me!”
When you address the enemy like that, his accusations will fall to the ground. He will have lost all power to intimidate you and influence you
3. Overcoming the Deceiver
Revelation 12:9 says, “And the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him.”
The “serpent of old” was Satan. He deviously made his way into Eden and deceived Eve. Along with the obvious temptations (See Gen. 3:6), the serpent’s main attack was on the Word of God: ”Has God said, ‘You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?’ ”