Uncovering Satan’s tactics against you
Part 5 “condemnation attacks”
Many Xns do not live in grace but try to live in a mixture of law and grace. The result of this mixture is confusion and attacks of condemnation from the enemy working against you.
Example: In OT Daniel (man of God) worked for a king who operated his kingdom according to the law of the Medes and Persians. Whenever a law was signed by the king then it was irrevocable even by him! Some other govt leaders who were jealous of Daniel set up the king to make a law that no one could pray to any other god but the king himself. They knew Daniel (whose name means “God is my judge”), prayed 3 times a day in an open window to God Almighty. Once the king signed the law they told him about Daniel and the king was grieved because he loved Daniel and now how to carry out his own law, which meant Daniel was to be placed overnight into a lions’ den. If he died it was a sign of his guilt, but if he survived it was a sign of his innocence.
You know the end of the story. Daniel was put in the lion’s den because of the kings’ own law. The king hated this because he loved Daniel and trusted him.
But the point is this. Because a king’s throne is established in his own laws. If the king does not obey His own law, there is no righteousness or justice which is the foundation of a kingdom. Without a foundation the kingdom will crumble or fall apart.
“Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne.”
“Clouds and thick darkness surround Him. Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.” Psalm 97:2
If God’s Law (Word) is not fulfilled, then He forfeits His right to rule over His creation. Satan knows this and he is a legalist that is trying to trap God, people, with God’s own law. He is an expert in the Law, not because he loves the law of God, because he doesn’t. But he made himself a custodian of the law of God in order to use it for his own selfish agenda.
Do you think Satan really cares about the law of God being kept?
Satan is and has always been after God’s throne. To us this looks silly for him to think he (a created being) can get God’s throne. But in his sin deceived mind he still thinks it is possible and is still going for it.
Daniel was put in the lions den and miraculously was unharmed. The king saw this miracle and declared “Truly Your God is God! Bring your accusers!” They were now the ones condemned.
The point is this. Condemnation always comes from the enemy.
Anytime condemnation is coming at you or from you, it is inspired by that legalist Satan. Do you really want to agree and cooperate with him?
Jesus warned, “For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged, the standard you use in judging, is the standard by which you will be judged.” Mtt. 7:2 KJV/NIV
Ill. The Pharisees brought a woman caught in the act of Adultery to Jesus. The Law says she is to be stoned to death, what do You say?
Did they really care about the law of God being kept?
Scripture tell us He step down and wrote on the ground. Some say it was stone pavement and He wrote with His finger as if to say, “I AM the One who wrote the Law with My finger on the ten commandments. Since you pretend to be custodians of the God’s righteous Law, let me expose your lack of righteousness.
“He who is without sin, cast the first stone!”
He was not compromising His law. Yes, stone her according to the Law, but only the one without sin.
Scripture reveals He stooped down again and wrote on the ground a Second Time! Interesting: Remember there were 2 sets of ten commandments. First set God wrote and gave to Moses and Moses broke them when he returned to the camp and saw Israel in idolatry with a golden calf. 2nd time God gave Moses ten commandments and this time god instructed him to place them under the MERCY SEAT.
Pic of law inside and under Mercy. https://www.google.com/search?q=the+law+of+God+under+the+mercy+seat&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiK4oPtwI_aAhULyVMKHWyuCgkQ_AUICigB&biw=1440&bih=803#imgrc=bklmqm0CZkgCqM:
“Because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13
Jesus said to the adulteress woman, “Woman where are your accusers?
Who is called the accuser of the brethren in the Bible?
In Genesis Satan accuses God of holding out to Adam and Eve.
In Job he is accuses Job of only loving God because he has been protected by God.
In Jesus’ wilderness he accuses Jesus of not proving He is the Son of God – prove it.
In Zechariah 3 he accuses Joshua the high priest.
In Rev. 12 he is called the accuser of the brethren and is cast down.
Point is anytime we let condemnation spew out of our mouths we are agreeing with and working with and for the devil. Condemnation is his main business. Mercy is ours! This does not mean we ignore sin!
“Neither do I condemn thee, go and SIN NO MORE.”
The devil pitches a fit and says, “How can Jesus forgive her and let her go? There is no righteousness here if you ignore her sin!”
But a few days later when Jesus was on the cross – there was the righteousness for her. He paid for her sin.
Back to Daniel. When King Darius made that law it was irrevocable, even though scripture says he loved Daniel.
Human love was powerless against the Law of God.
But in the New Covenant the Law of God was powerless against the Love of God. The cross silences the accuser.
God fulfilled His own law through Jesus and our sin debt was paid forever!
Ill. Once you pay off your house you don’t continue to send house payments. It is paid. Obligation is fulfilled.
“For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.”
As a result of this new covenant from Christ:
“There is therefore now no condemnation for them who are in Christ Jesus.” Romans 8:1
When the accuser comes to your mind saying things like, “You know why this happened? Because last week you sinned doing this or that. Now this sickness is because of what you did.
You must always stop trying to defend yourself. Instead point to the cross and say, “I’ve done wrong but that is my payment for me.”
Ill. When you believe this way even your physical body will notice a difference. Your body is very sensitive. Auto –immune diseases are your body fighting against something it should not. When you let the cross be your meditation then your conscience gets flushed out and cleared and your mind and body have peace.
The devil acts like he is still the custodian of righteousness and accuses you of your sins. He says things like, “You are not worthy. You don’t deserve the good life. You deserve bad things happening to you.”
Ill. Story tell – you are on death row. Your lawyer comes with good news. A person has agreed to take your place. Look through your cell window and see Him hanging there in death for your punishment. He has already died in your place. Will you accept His death for your payment for your crimes? Yes. You start walking out of prison and the prosecutor sees you and begins to rail at you. You cannot go free because you broke this law and that and crimes. You simply say,
“Talk to the hand” and keep right on walking in freedom.
Concl: With accusations come feelings of guilt and shame. Many of you being attacked by the devil over sins of yours that have been paid. We have a tendency to receive bad news faster than good news?
All the judgment due you was exhausted on the cross. All not just some of your sins have been judged and paid and now you are free to go.
But if you keep playing those old guilt and shame records in your mind. “I should have been a better parent. I should have done this or that then you are giving Satan an avenue to attack your physical health.
Some of you blame yourself for things your children are going through. Maybe you are still angry with yourself for not spending enough time with them or losing your temper, or blaming yourself for some behavior problem they now have.
Parents your hands are too small. There is so much you cannot so for your children. The most important thing you can do is forgive yourself and point them to the Savior. Your children have their own journey to find with God.
You must get God’s peace in your heart and mind so you can enjoy His health and healing.
“For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:16
“A peaceful heart leads to a healthy body.” Proverbs 14:30
You need to purge your conscience of sins memory by seeing God’s great sacrifice of His Perfect Son.
Hebrew word for healing is Rapha.
The root verb of Rapha is “to relax, to let go” = to relax your grip, your worries, and allowing His supply to flow to them.