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Lesson 13 • Fourth Week

Don't Give The Accuser More
Power Than The Advocate

Background Reading:                             Devotional Reading:
Revelation 12:10; 2 Timothy;                 Romans 8:31-39
3:3 1 John 2:1-2; Mark 6:7;
Colossians 2:10

Central Verses
"Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you." (Luke 10:19, KJV)

"I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to over­come all the power of the enemy; noth­ing will harm you."
(Luke 10:19, NIV)

Key Terms
Deluge - An overwhelming amount or number: a sudden huge stream of something: a large amount of things that come at the same time.
Fear Factor - Something that helps produce or influence an unpleasant, often strong emotion caused by anticipation or awareness of danger.

Introduction

Fear, doubt, and lies are the tools of Satan. Revelation 12: 10 tells us that he (Satan) is an accuser of the brethren. He is the father of lies and will do any­thing to deceive, destroy, or accuse the believer to cover up God's love. The believer must learn how to fight these fears and anxieties with the power of God's Word. His Word gives powerful promises to the believer that will cause Satan to run. God has given the believer the authority and power to tread and trample over the enemy in every area of their lives. The believer may feel help­less many times when the enemy attacks. The enemy comes as "a roaring" lion, but he is not a roaring lion, and the believer must not allow fear to paralyze their faith.


Discussion


According to Ephesians chapter two and verse two, Satan is "the prince of the power of the air," and he does have power. When He accuses the believer, his accusation does carry a measure of weight, and if the believer does not know that the power God gives is greater, then he is in trouble. The devil releases the fear factor, and the believer becomes intimidated. Fear brings a person the spirit of torment, which is severe mental or physical suffering. It is the plot of the devil to cause the believer to have much mental anguish and deep distress, but the believer has weapons to combat their fears; he has truth, love, and prayer.. Christ perfect love casts out fear; His love equips the believer, to overcome Satan's attacks.

The Holy Spirit communicates God's love to the believer and lets him know that He is on his side, even when the accuser comes with accusations. Jesus, is at His right hand making intercession for the believer. So, there is nothing Satan can say to God that is powerful enough to bring about a separation between the believer and God's love, which is in Christ Jesus.

Satan is a troublemaker. Therefore it is vital to the believer's witness that he not give Satan more credit for things that are bad than what the devil deserves. The believer must always remember that even if the devil does accuse the Saints, that he (the believer) has an advocate who intercedes for him daily.

Conclusion


A couple of years ago, I received a letter in the mail which was filled with false accusations about me. I shared it with a few of my close friends because it hurt for someone to say such lies about me. But, one of my friends who knows me said, whoever wrote the letter does not know me, and the person is a coward because there was no signature on the letter. My friend said that this sounds like Satan, for he is an accuser of the Saints. The letter stated that he/she was my Nathan, sent to straighten me out; however, Nathan was not afraid to let David know who he was.

Sometimes the believer spends countless hours praising the devil, instead of giving praise to the Lord. If the believer sins, he has an advocate; Jesus, who is righteous, faithful, and just. He will forgive and cleanse the believer from all unrighteousness. He is powerful enough to rescue the believer from any power of the enemy, so don't give that accuser more power than he already has.

The devil deals in darkness. He wants the believer to doubt the power of God in his life. When a believer is not sure that his sins are covered, he cannot focus on the saving, healing, and delivering the power of God. He cannot be the light others need who are in trouble. When the believer focuses on what Satan is doing, he strengthens the hand of the enemy and gives him more power.

Questions

What seems to make the devil so powerful?
What power does the believer have that can conquer the power of Satan?
Why is it so important for believers to remember the promises of God?
How do the believers know that they are not giving the accuser more power than he has?

Essential Thought- "Set your focus on God's power, and not on the works of the devil."