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“Do not call to mind the former things,
Or ponder things of the past.

Isaiah 43:18 (NASB)

Have you noticed when things go well in your life, suddenly sources of discouragement appear to take the shine off the good stuff? The regularity that this happens is no coincidence, it is a sure sign of spiritual warfare being waged by Satanic forces against God’s children. One favourite weapon of the enemy is to remind you of your past sins, either in your own thoughts or by the words of others. Let me share one such incident in my life.

I was the only son of my parents, who were older than my peers parents. Part of home life for mum and me was abuse from dad; mostly verbal/emotional but occasionally physical on me. In 1984 when I came to the Lord and sought church membership it required a home visit, it was tense, but all seemed well as dad played the perfect gentleman. Suddenly all that changed as he launched a tirade of ridicule upon me in front of my brethren from the Salvation Army spilling all my sinful past in great detail, stating it was impossible for me to be a Christian. The meeting was abandoned as I left, but I survived that day as my Father God reassured me that my salvation was for real. My sins were behind me, forgiven and forgotten by Almighty God because of my acceptance of His Son as my Lord and Saviour. My new friends saw the abuse for what it was, a satanic attack, and worked with me towards Sunday 5th August 1984 when I officially joined the Salvation Army with my family present, except for dad.

Dear reader, I share the above story not to shock you or ellicit sympathy, but to illustrate just one way Satan may try to hurt us as believers. He takes great delight in reminding us of our sinful failures of the past; but if they have been brought in repentance to Father God they are gone, forgiven and forgotten. Don’t look backwards but look forward to your new future following Christ your Shepherd each day; tell that old devil to get lost! Each day is a new day in God’s Kingdom, getting closer to that beautiful day when we meet Him face to face, in a new heavenly body with a new memory free from condemnation!

41 thoughts on “Satan Our Accuser

  1. Pure, honest brilliance, Alan. Hats off to you for your powerful, inspirational witness. Many thanks for sharing your memories and learning from this challenging time in your life. I won’t rake up my own past here, but one short phrase resonated particularly deeply. Just knowing that you shared similar experiences to mine is a big help.
    With love and heaped-up blessings, from Ruth xxxxx

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    1. Thank you Ruth, helping and encouraging others is my main aim. But it also helps me as Satan uses these memories trying to torment me; if I expose them and him for what they are I am empowered in God my Father – Hallelujah!
      May you be empowered by the Holy Spirit and the closeness of our Heavenly Father.

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  2. Thank you for sharing this story, Alan. It makes me realize, even more, how things from our past have shaped us into the person we are today. God uses these things to show us His love and faithfulness. Many blessings, my friend!

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  3. Alan, thank you for sharing your story which is God’s redemption story. You presented the truth of the Isaiah passage beautifully. We need not “ponder” our past by the taunting of the enemy. But when shared through the paradigm of God’s grace it can lift, encourage, and offer hope to another who is struggling. May your volunerability touch lives with the freedom of Christ.

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    1. Thank you Manette. To be honest I nearly didn’t write this post, but it was the thought that only Satan wins if I stay silent that pushed me to write it – to shine His light on it! God bless you sister.

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  4. Thank you, brother Alan, for being willing to show vulnerability—in order to glorify God AND help others. A pastor friend once told me that the devil is a like a chess player that seeks to put us in check, time and again. Fortunately, for the Christian, checkmate is impossible. It turns out God is a chess player too. And He never loses. I believe I shared this thought with you before. But here it is again. Blessings!

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    1. Thank you David! I can’t remember you sharing that before, probably due to my brain issue. The upside of this is I get wowed all over again about this excellent chess analogy. I played a game last Friday where I chased my opponent around the board checking him, but he kept escaping. Eventually he was worn out and resigned; that is what Satan wants from us…for us to resign. In chess and in my Christian walk I don’t believe in resignations. Thank you brother, God bless you today.
      P.s. you have a post there bro!😉

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      1. The thought did indeed cross my mind that this chess analogy would make a good post. Your response now confirms this! Hopefully, I’ll have it ready by Saturday—my regular day to post. I will provide a link back to here, of course. A tip of the hat to a resolute Scotsman who does not resign, in chess or in Christ. 😀

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  5. Lucifer and his minions are constantly on the offensive with believers. I recently was the recipient of such and attack as I read in Genesis about Joseph, and in Ester about Mordicai and Daniel. The attacks that came were along the lines of, “Would Pharaoh really appoint Joseph, a Hebrew and felon, to the second highest position in the land?”, “Would Xerxes really…”, “Do you really believe Nebuchadnezzar would really…”. It was quite disturbing until I sought clarity from the Lord and He showed me that it was simply an attack on my faith.

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    1. Oh yes, evil is subtle in how it whispers sarcastically as we read or pray. The enemy wants us to step back and question God’s Word; let us stand strong and show that old devil the door. Thankyou for sharing this example and encourage me and others, God bless you brother.

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      1. Excellent…I look forward to reading that.
        From Friday to Sunday I will be away from home at the Hilton Double Tree at Queensferry, busy being daddy and maybe even grandad too.

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  6. Alan, as I read your post I had to think how your story puts flesh to Paul’s words in Philippians, “… forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God is calling us up to heaven because of what Christ Jesus did for us.” (3:13-14 TLB) I’m so glad that despite Satan’s malicious attack you pushed forward and to this day continue to run the race for Jesus!

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    1. Thank you Beth, your kind and wise words are precious encouragement to me. The post came out of a time when Satan was trying to pull me down, which he does often. My response is to turn to God and praise Him, then thank Satan for pushing me closer to God…that really sends him packing!

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