When The Accuser Accuses You

I’ve been working on giving up a lot of things I used to watch in particular these past few weeks.

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What’s intriguing to me is the more I’ve worked on giving up things to God, the more evident certain temptations become, and the more accusations and questions I hear in my mind.

Things that used to bother me when I was first getting close to Christ, when I was a teen, have returned. I suspect perhaps because God is helping me shut doors and stop inviting darkness in. I don’t want to serve the world, I want to serve Him. I don’t want to entertain my own flesh.

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As I told my friend, “It’s like the old tactics are coming back.”

Here are the accusations I hear a lot:

“not being good enough”

“crossing the line with Christ” 

“being condemned” 

“being fake with Christ, everything I do and feel in my heart is fake and God knows it”

The last line especially has been…a lot. It messes with my mind.

Yet, this is what God has taught me during this time.

When I am accused, I will praise Him. – If I am going to be accused, then regardless I will praise Him. For a few years now I’ve told myself, “If this is all you get. If this is all the time you get with the Lord. You better make sure you give your all to Him. He deserves it.”

(NIV) Psalm 150:01, “Praise the LORD. Praise God in His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens.”

I don’t want to take things for granted, not everything He has done for me. So if I am accused, so be it. God is still God. Jesus is the Redeemer. I will praise Him nonetheless.

When I am accused, I will turn to scripture to fight. – When Jesus was tempted, He spoke with scripture. We are told in scripture that the Sword of the Spirit is the word of God. Talk about fighting words!

(NIV) Hebrews 4:12, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

If darkness wants to go against me, it will win. I’m weak and pathetic. But woe to any who go against Him and His promises. All will fail against Him.

When I am accused, the Holy Spirit is with me. – The scripture about the seven spirits moving in a home that was cleaned has really stuck with me. Tonight, I felt like the Holy Spirit was saying to me, “I’m here to stay. I’ll help you sweep the temple courts.”

I’m weak by myself. I can’t do anything. But Christ gave us His Spirit to stay with us. The Holy Spirit is known as a Comforter for a reason. He will guide me, and He will help me focus on Him. It’s important I go to God with anything I am struggling with so I can rebuke, seek forgiveness, and repent. So even with accusations, I know I’m not alone in this battle.

(NIV) John 14:16-17, “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever– the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you know Him, for He lives with you and will be in you.”

Only through Him, can I truly stand.

Do you hear accusing thoughts? How do you deal with them? 

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47 thoughts on “When The Accuser Accuses You

  1. “When I am accused, I will praise Him….give your all to Him. He deserves it.” So good! Super big AMEN!
    “…woe to any who go against Him and His promises. All will fail against Him.” Another Amen!
    This information is so important for the Body of Christ to know, for the battle is real, and we dare not go into it in our own strength!

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  2. I relate to the “you’re fake” accusation. When I have an “old me” reaction to something (ex: saying a curse word out loud in heavy traffic), I start having those thoughts– “if I’m REALLY guided by the Holy Spirit, could this happen?” I rebuke myself in those moments, and the swiftness to recognize my faults feels like progress towards sanctification, but sometimes I start feeling insecure and questioning everything. Verses about us being refined and becoming a new creation with time and effort comfort me. I also love the verse that says we have BOLD and CONFIDENT access to the Father through Christ, and I’m reminded that we can give it ALL to Him in prayer, even accusations.

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    1. Amen!!!! So important we do not run away from Him! I know these thoughts often make me feel separated. And I have to be bold, as you shared, and go against them. Running to Him is crucial. So glad you turn over to Him.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this, T. R.! It is so important to learn what the Father’s voice is like and what the enemy’s voice is like so that we can reject the enemy’s lies and accusations when they come. The word “devil” means accuser/slanderer! Believers are called to doubt – but we are to doubt the words of the enemy while firmly holding onto the words of God.

    It makes me a bit uncomfortable doing something like this, probably mostly because there’s always a voice trying to convince me that I’m only seeking to promote myself. However, I know that isn’t true. So here is a story of once when I faced accusations and what the Lord taught me through it: https://refreshingspirit.wordpress.com/2016/06/25/my-new-heart/

    Just a couple months ago there was another accute moment I went through when I wanted to send a happy birthday message to a friend and include how she inspired me and how I saw Jesus in her. As I was walking around a lake and thinking through how I wanted to word it, I heard, “You’re just trying to draw attention to yourself. You’re doing this for YOU!” And for a moment I was saddened, thinking I was just realizing my motivations. But then I realized, that had never been my motivation. I genuinely wanted to bless her. So I told that voice to shut up and wrote that text! She said she was very blessed by it.

    The devil will use accusation to try to stop us from doing the work of God and being who God intended us to be; we must resist and refuse him and stay focused on our Lord! Choosing to praise Him in the midst of accusation is a beautiful way to stay focused on Him. I hadn’t thought of that as a way to respond to accusation before. Thanks for sharing what the Lord is doing in you and teaching you through this, T. R.!

    (Sorry for the length of this comment, haha! I didn’t intend to say this much when I started. XD)

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    1. More thoughts! Haha…

      Last year, I experienced (and in many ways am still experiencing) something similar to what you described, T. R. That is, things that I hadn’t struggled with for years suddenly becoming a temptation again. Things I thought were completely overcome rearing their ugly heads once again. I was devastated at first, and sometimes I even wondered if I had ever been a true Christian to begin with. Otherwise, why would I be struggling with these things again???

      The Lord used this to teach me two things. One, my assurance that I am saved must always come from putting all my trust in Jesus Christ to save me. The second was something I heard while listening to a Bible study online. The pastor leading it made the comment that in some seasons of our lives, God gives us a special grace and protection against temptation and sin. And He may let that grace rest on us for the rest of our lives. But He might pull it back – so that He can use the trials to strengthen us. Looking back, I see how God put that extra protection in my life as a teenager so that He could work on other things without me being distracted by certain sins/temptations. But once He’d brought me to a new place of strength, He pulled back. Because I didn’t know what was going on, I was convinced that I must have done something terribly wrong to feel these temptations again. But I’m certain now that I’m feeling them again so that they can be defeated to an even greater degree; so that I can learn to refuse them even when my heart is longing for them.

      I’m so glad to remember that God will never let us be tempted beyond what we can bear, and that He strengthens us to be able to bear more and become greater warriors in His Kingdom! I know that God is doing the same in you now, T. R., and I’m excited to see what conquests He will call you to!

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      1. That is a really interesting way to look at it!!! Wow!

        One perspective I’ve had is since being a teen I have exposed myself to more sin then I did before. I’ve heard of how when we are exposing ourselves to sin the devil tends to back off. Through the past years I’ve worked on giving up these thingd, shutting the door to them. So the old tactics with attacking my thoughts is back, though definitely more complex than before.

        And that may be part of it. I did not have as full mind games as a teen. They were definitely there but not as complex. So, what you shared could very well be true!

        Thanks for the insight!!! ❤

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    2. I loved every bit of this!!! So glad you opened up and shared! I get the attention accusations too! I must admit I do struggle with feeling validated so attention often does have some role I’ve been working on. But I have thought to reach out to others and encourage them with the thought in the back of my mind, “You’re going to get responses. You’re going to get praise.” And it is indeed crippling!

      Thank you for sharing your story! I’m really glad this post could encourage you to praise Him 🙂

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  4. I tend to be under attack, I pray. Sometimes it’s so hard to resist Satan’s lies that I just want to go crazy. Thank you YAHWEH for giving me strength in battle.🌻
    I am a child of YAHWEH, leave me alone, Mr. Devil.

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  5. I can relate with this sis. The devil is the accuser of the brethren. That is what he does! I always tell myself, if I focus on his accusations, they will cripple me because most times they are true. But like you said, I pray and embrace God’s forgiveness. I always view it from the angle of the relationship I have with my kids. I can’t throw my child out of the house because of an accusation from an outsider. I will scold my child but my child will forever remain mine!

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    1. ❤ amen that is a powerful way to look at it. God has reminded me multiple times that I have been given interveners. Christ who is present when we are accused in front of God who will say that the accusation has been forgiven through salvation and repentance. And then the Holy Spirit who also intervenes with groanings that cannot even be heard. ❤

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  6. Thank you! Yes I hear these thoughts too, it’s the lies the enemy wants to tell us. Sometimes I find it so tough because it’s so loud – I just worship and pray during this time!

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  7. Howdy T.R, thanks for sharing this, it’s important stuff.

    Isn’t it fascinating that the accusations usually take place when we are wanting to know Christ more. And by knowing Christ more I mean being obedient to what Jesus has said in his commands, responding deeply to his call to follow him and when we make choices to take the narrow road.

    When we are busy being involved in 50 different ministries, preaching here and there, prophesying and casting out demons and have no time for self examination or actually knowing Christ , why would he accuser bother?

    I used to hear strong accusing thoughts a lot earlier in my Christian journey but God delivered me, I don’t hear them anymore. That doesn’t mean that there is no pressure or heaviness. When I realise what’s happening and sit with the reality that something is happening that is not from God, I remember scripture that strengthens me so I can trust in a different way if that makes sense.

    A thought provoking post. Peace to you.

    I recently watched a 2 part sermon by John McArthur called Saved or self deceived. Your post reminded me of that for some reason. If you have some have a watch.

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    1. Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve recently started adding things to watch on a playlist so this fits in perfectly and I’ve been hearing a lot of stuff from McArthur recently.

      I’m so glad He has helped you with accusation! It is very true! When we are focused on Him that tends to be when everything starts to break at the seams and accusations come out of nowhere!

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  8. This is an area I used to be weaker in. But as always relying on God’s strength has pulled me out of discouragement. When I would be on fire for God and messed up I would run and hide from God because I felt guilty and ashamed. But then I realized that running to Christ is the best thing we can do when that happens. You shouldn’t wait days or weeks to come to God, it’s now, in the moment. The Bible says that it’s only through His Spirit that we’ll mortify the deeds of the flesh. God bless and thanks for sharing! Always love your insightful posts.

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  9. I have been feeling this way lately. It is funny timing that you say this because I felt like my relationship was getting very strong and then all of a sudden I started having accusatory self-talk. I never connected these feelings in such a way as your post explains. It is nice to see a viewpoint and be able to reflect upon this. Blessings! Miss you! Xoxo

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  10. Amen! I’ve definitely felt the enemy trying to tear me apart in this last season. I’ve really learned that when I am weak he is strong, and there is so much beauty in that. Run straight to Jesus!

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      1. Omygosh! So there is this song by Hillsong Worship (haha song by Hillsong that is fun to say) that’s called P E A C E. I feel like it might really speak to you. It’s been really helping me fight so many lies in this season!

        The first line is “You will stay true even when the lies come
        You will stay true even when my thoughts don’t line up…”

        I don’t know you can check it out when you’re bored!

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      2. Ooh thanks for the suggestions!!! Haha, that is fun to say. I’ll have to listen to it.

        I have one for you too! The one that God has been ministering to me is Hands of the Potter by Casting Crowns.

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