Overcoming Our Accuser (Revelation 12)
Today, the next message in our Spiritual Warfare message series is entitled “Overcoming Our Accuser.” As we’ll see today, our accuser is Satan and his demons. Satan accuses us before God and he accuses us directly, in our own minds and hearts. He seeks to discourage believers, by magnifying their faults and minimizing God’s grace working in their lives.
Today, we’re going to learn how to overcome Satan, our accuser and live our lives in the victory won by Jesus Christ on the cross. In the Old Testament, there’s not much said about Satan and his demons. They were present, but hidden, as it were in the shadows. But when Jesus came to this earth and began His ministry, everything changed. Jesus began to confront both Satan and his demons. We see the stories of those battles which Jesus always won in the pages of the Gospels.
1 John 3:8b (NIV) The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.
Jesus came to this earth to destroy the devil’s work in the lives of people and set them free. We see Jesus destroying the devil’s work in healing the sick, casting out demons and spreading the truth of God’s kingdom. Jesus definitively defeated Satan by his death and resurrection.
Colossians 2:15 (NIV) And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
The defeat of Satan was accomplished on the cross, but the full impact of that defeat, we do not yet see. For Satan and his demons are still roaming the earth and spreading destruction.
Romans 16:20 (NIV) The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.
Although Satan has been defeated by Jesus on the cross, the final crushing of Satan will be accomplished by the church of Jesus Christ. In the end, Jesus will return and Satan and his demons will be forever cast into the lake of fire, hell itself.
So, today, every believer, whether they realize it or not is engaged in spiritual warfare with Satan and his demons. Today, in the year 2015 is a critical time in the history of the world. Satan would have us think that all is going on as it has for centuries and the world will go on this way forever. But that’s not true. The return of Christ is closer than ever before. Persecution of Christians is at epic levels with over 100 million Christians now being actively persecuted. In times like these, God calls us to be His holy warriors, to be separated from all forms of worldliness and to commit every aspect of our lives to advance his kingdom.
Today, we’re going to look into the book of Revelation. The book of Revelation lifts the veil and shows us what is going on in spiritual warfare. It also is going to reveal how you and I can overcome Satan in our lives.
Spiritual Warfare Message Series
- Detecting the Deceiver (2 Corinthians 11:2-15)
- Facing Temptation (Matthew 4:1-11)
- The Serpent's Strategy (Genesis 3:1-7)
- The Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-19)
- The War Within (James 4)
- Defeating the Destroyer (Mark 5)
- Overcoming Our Accuser (Revelation 12)
- Surviving Satan's Attacks (Job 1)
- Standing Firm (2 Thessalonians 2)