Could you be under demonic attack? Do you ever have one of those days when you feel like there is a little voice in your head telling you what a poor example you are of the human race?
Be assured that the little voice is not you. It may sound like you, but it is not. That voice is actually thoughts being thrown into your mind by someone known as the Accuser—and he is out to destroy your life. Here are some facts about the Accuser and some tips on how to deal with him.
Demonic attack tip #1: How to know you are being condemned by the Accuser
You will feel one or more of the following emotions: depressed, discouraged, guilty, shamed, inadequate, a failure, hopeless, stupid, unloved, disliked, rejected, blamed, useless, lonely, discarded or condemned.
You will think thoughts along the lines of the following: “I’m a failure.” “This will never change.” “I’m a jerk.” “There is no hope for me.” “No one likes me.” “It’s not worth it.” “Why me?”
Demonic attack tip #2: He is not flesh and blood!
The Accuser is not human. He is a type of spirit, and he has been around for a very long time. He goes by the names of Satan, Devil, Accuser, Adversary, Angel of Light, Father of Lies, Lucifer, Serpent and many more that describe his character and activities (see Ephesians 6:12).
The Accuser does what his name implies—he accuses. “For the accuser of our brothers is cast down, who accused them before our God day and night . . . .” (Revelation 12:10 NIV).
Demonic attack tip #3: What to do when the Accuser assaults you
1. Don’t agree with him! Recognize who is speaking. Even if the voice sounds like your own voice, don’t believe it!
2. Put on your spiritual armor and use your spiritual weapon (see Ephesians 6:13–18).
3. Apply the finished work of Christ through repentance if you have sinned (see 1 John 1:9).
4. Remind the enemy that the Lamb’s blood identifies you as sinless. “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death” (Revelation 12:11 NIV).
5. Then speak your testimony to the enemy. “Yep, everything you say was once true, but in Christ that is no longer who I am” (see Revelation 12:11 above).
6. Reaffirm your total commitment to Christ and expect a little more practice in laying down your life (see Revelation 12:11 above).
7. Rebuke the enemy! You’ve been given authority—now use it! Just say something along the lines of, “Accuser, I rebuke you. You have no power over me. I have been bought with the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and he now owns me and has authority over my life. You have no authority to accuse me of anything. Take your accusations about me, and tell them to Jesus. Stop criticizing God’s property” (see James 4:7).
Dealing with the Accuser can be an ongoing battle when we first realize who is attacking us. But the more we practice the above steps, the more we find freedom from mental torment and the tendency to believe the lies of the enemy.
What suggestions can you add that would help in dealing with the Accuser? Please leave your input in the comment link below. We would love to hear from you.
(For lots more detailed information on the demonic realm and spiritual warfare, check out Intercessors, God’s End-time Vanguard: How to Pray Effectively For the Things That Matter Most.)
In Him together, Susan Gaddis