"Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Messiah. For the accuser of our brothers and sisters, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down" - Rev 12:10 (NIV).
Growing up as children there is always that child who happens to be known for majoring in false accusations. Occasionally he has engaged in some forbidden act, but because he has one quick toungue he can manoeuvre himself out of a crisis with full denial by pointing to someone else. Even when the sugar he has licked is fingered all over, still he blusters, "It's not me but that one!"
In life that child continues to harass us, especially as believers in Christ. These days in a number of workplace it is common to find cases where an innoncent party is set up, blown up on a whistle, and with framed evidence, is thrown out of a job. Likewise we sometime see dedicated public officials who are trying to do some good smeared with dirt, linked to some ugly scandal, causing a loss of confidence and before one realises termination of their office.
One way the "devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour" (1 Peter 5:8), is by majoring in false accusations. This he does with ease, for "there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies" (John 8:44).
Wherever there is a believer in Christ this "accuser of the brethren" will surface and throw about his made up dirt to cause distraction, weaken the faith of the believer. Using that evidence, he will galvanise support and does what he knows best, "kill and destroy" (John 10:10).
If you happen to find yourself is such a situation as often happens to many followers of Christ, do not be discouraged. "Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast and immovable. Always excel in the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain" (I Cor 15:58). A day is coming soon when the accuser of brethren will be hurled down in the very depth of scorching fires, where his nature belongs.
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, wherever I find the accuser of brethren, may I know that his false testimony will be overcome for the truth in you will set us free (John 8:32); this I pray in Jesus's name.
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!